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Mental Health

Mental Health


What is the definition of mental health?

“Mental health refers to cognitive, behavioural, and emotional well-being. It is all about how people think, feel, and behave. People sometimes use the term “mental health” to mean the absence of a mental disorder. Mental health can affect daily living, relationships, and physical health.”

Need some support and advice?

There are a wealth of excellent Mental Health resources available. If you follow the CLP (Community Learning Partnership) PFSA (Parent, Family Support Assistant) twitter account you will see that she often posts useful advice and links which are regularly updated.

We have a Mental Health lead as well as a range of methods of accessing support in our graduated response approach. As parents and carers you play an important role in teaching children and young people how to understand and manage their feelings as they grow up. Remember that there are a few simple things you can do at home if you are worried about your child or young person.

  • Find time to talk, just the two of you– ‘Check in’ with them while you’re doing things together, so they get used to talking about their feelings.
  • Play together – Play helps them to be curious, learn new things, solve problems and express feelings without words.
  • Be a role model – Show how you cope with difficult feelings and look after yourself.

If you would like some further support, there are a wealth of mental health resources easily available. Please look through the links at the end of this page.

We have a Mental Health lead (Mrs Edwards) as well as a clear graduated response approach to accessing support.

Graduated Response

Contact the class teacher

(Via a note in the reading record)

Class teacher will then offer support/guidance

Class Teacher/TA offers support to parent/child

School mental health lead takes on the referral and decides what other support is needed which may include a PFSA referral

If the PFSA is involved, usually a unit of work might be completed over a short period of time and they may be followed up by the MH RA at regular intervals

Examples of the levels of Mental Health provision within our graduated response

2021/22 Updated Information

Schools are  encouraged to identify and train a senior mental health lead, to develop our whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. This will help our school to better promote and support the mental wellbeing of pupils, students and staff, and make best use of existing resources. At High Ham, Mrs Edwards is undertaking this national DFE funded training and the area of mental health/well-being forms a quarter of our School Improvement Plan this year. We also have a couple of CLP parent sessions organised which link to mental health as well as the resources on our website. The vast majority of staff during lockdown completed the children’s and young peoples mental health accredited course (level two). Mrs Edwards mental health lead training will finish in summer 2022.

As part of our graduated response we have employed a qualified ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant). Our ELSA supports children across the school. Please see above for how our graduated response works.