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.
We have a mental health lead (Mrs Edwards) 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.
Contact the class teacher
(Via a note in the pupil diary)
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.
Examples of the levels of mental health provision within our graduated response
2022/23 Updated Information
Schools were encouraged to identify and train a senior mental health lead, to help develop a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. Mrs Edwards has completed this national DFE funded training and the area of mental health/well-being remains a focus on our School Improvement Plan this year.
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.