A Whole School Approach to Promoting Positive Mental Health

At our school we:
  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
  • encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks

We promote a mentally healthy environment through:

  • our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging
  • pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision-making
  • celebrating academic and non-academic achievements
  • opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
  • opportunities to reflect
  • access to appropriate support that meets their needs
  • weekly PSHE lessons
  • a calm corner in the EYFS
  • a Buddy Bench
  • KS1 & KS2 Peer Mediators for break/lunch times
  • worry monsters 
  • meditation/mindfulness sessions weekly
  • ‘Mindfulness’ after school club (from Spring Term)

Positive Mental Health

We take a whole school approach to promoting positive mental health that aims to help pupils become more resilient, be happy and successful and prevent problems before they arise.

We also recognise the role that stigma can play in preventing understanding and awareness of mental health issues and aim to create an open and positive culture that encourages discussion and understanding of mental health issues. We aim to be a ‘talking school’ with an ‘Open Door Policy’.

Should you wish to seek support elsewhere, please find below a selection of websites and organisations that can offer guidance in how to best support mental health and well-being.

For support on specific mental health needs:

Organisation

Web Site

Anxiety UK

www.anxietyuk.org.uk

OCD UK

www.ocduk.org

Depression Alliance

www.depressoinalliance.org

Eating Disorders

www.b-eat.co.uk

www.inourhands.com

National Self-Harm Network

www.nshn.co.uk

Self-Harm

www.selfharm.co.uk

Suicidal thoughts

prevention of young suicide UK

www.papyrus-uk.org

 

For general information and support:

Web Site

Area of Support

www.youngminds.org.uk

champions young people’s mental health and wellbeing

www.mind.org.uk

www.minded.org.uk

advice and support on mental health problems (e-learning)

www.time-to-change.org.uk

tackles the stigma of mental health

www.rethink.org

challenges attitudes towards mental health

 

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Bulford, Salisbury
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