Mental health and wellbeing
Here at St Mary’s we take the mental health and wellbeing of our children, parents and staff seriously. We have a mental health and wellbeing lead in school who is also a trained Mental Health First Aider. We operate an open door policy and we encourage you to come and speak to us should you have any questions or difficulties about your child or yourself.
This page will keep you informed of what is happening within school and will signpost towards and help and support should you need it.
Wellbeing coffee morning
Last term we hosted a wellbeing coffee morning where parents were invited in to discuss mental health and wellbeing and to suggest ways in which parents would like to be included in this area in school.
A big thank you to the parents who attended, it was lovely to speak to you all and gain an insight into what you would like to see from us at school. We will be organising a session within school to demonstrate to parents what we are doing to support your child’s mental health and wellbeing, please look out for this in the future.
School council this term will be helping to create anew role for children in school of ‘listening buddies’. These will be children from across the school who will be there to listen during playtimes and lunchtimes. It might be a concern or a worry your child has and they may feel more comfortable telling a buddy. The buddies will then be trained to signpost the child in the right direction to get help and support.
Children need support when it comes to good wellbeing, the same as adults. Here in school mental health and wellbeing is woven into our PHSE planning across the year. we also have regular circle time sessions and it is present in our worship time. In addition to this children have had an assembly once a month on the topic of mental health and wellbeing. So far topics covered include big and small feelings, how feelings can look, some strategies to use when things get too much and what can impact on our wellbeing. We also have two designated learning mentors in school who are able to support children individually or in small groups when needed. Our school nurse can also be contacted through school if needed.
There are things you can easily do at home to support a healthy wellbeing:
- In school we talk to children and adults about the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ these are 5 easy steps you can take as a family to encourage a healthy wellbeing and good mental health.
2. You could make a list of things you are good at and what people value in you. keep it in a safe place and look at it when things feel tricky.
3. Practice simple meditation exercises. Find somewhere quiet and take 5 deep breaths. Notice what is around you, the sights, sounds and smells. Try to clear your mind and think about nothing. Focus on your breathing and relax your body. Try this for 5 minutes.
4. Write down what causes you stress. Think of having a cup which gets filled with events and stress which can sometimes overflow. Imagine a tap at the bottom which with good coping strategies can help empty the cup of stress. Write down some coping strategies which you and your child can use when your cup is full.
Sometimes, as a parent you may want to find extra support outside of school. Below are a number of websites which offer resources and advice 24 hours a day.