“A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health
and deserves the same quality of support”
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. The World Health Organisation's definition states that "Mental Health not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community."
At Horbury St Peters and Clifton CE VC Primary School, our intention is to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for all of our school community which includes children, staff, parents and carers. We recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives and education in just the same way as physical health. We understand that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement. All children go through ups and downs during their school journeys and some face significant life events; how we support children and how they build their resilience to cope with these events will affect their mental health and wellbeing. In 2017, about 1 in 10 children aged 5 to 16 have a diagnosable mental health need and these can have an enormous impact on quality of life, relationships and academic achievement. In many cases it is life-limiting.
In addition to promoting positive mental health through our PSHE curriculum including Jigsaw sessions every week, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health policies and procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for pupils, staff and parents/carers affected both directly, and indirectly by mental ill health.
Our goal is to support and develop every child whilst building resilience to mental health problems and to be a school where:
Our school has a key role in supporting children’s positive mental health and helping to prevent mental health problems developing/occurring.
Through PSHCE we teach the knowledge and social and emotional skills that will help children to be more resilient, understand about mental health and be less affected by the stigma of mental health problems.
Jigsaw offers a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others. With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw properly equips our school to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
Our identification system involves a range of processes. We aim to identify children with mental health needs as early as possible to prevent things getting worse and to provide support and help as soon as possible.
We believe that all staff have a responsibility to promote positive mental health, and to understand about protective and risk factors for mental health. Some children will require additional help and all staff should have the skills to look out for any early warning signs of mental health problems and ensure that children with mental health needs get early intervention and the support they need.
At Horbury St Peters and Clifton CE VC Primary School we want all children/young people to:
For support on specific mental health needs
The Early Help Hub
Wakefield young carers www.wf-i-can.do.uk
CHILDLINE 0800 1111
ESCAYP- Emotional support for children and young people. email@example.com
0-19 Service 01924 301130- health visitor and school nursing
Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk OCD UK www.ocduk.org
Depression Alliance www.depressoinalliance.org
Eating Disorders www.b-eat.co.uk and www.inourhands.com
National Self-Harm Network www.nshn.co.uk
Suicidal thoughts Prevention of young suicide UK – PAPYRUS: www.papyrus-uk.org
For general information and support
www.youngminds.org.uk champions young people’s mental health and wellbeing
www.mind.org.uk advice and support on mental health problems
www.time-to-change.org.uk tackles the stigma of mental health
www.rethink.org challenges attitudes towards mental health