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Welcome toSt. Bernadette'sCatholic Primary SchoolWe Follow Jesus

Mental Health and Wellbeing

At St. Bernadette's we want to provide an effective and enjoyable teaching and learning environment, where children flourish.  We are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.

 

We have 2 qualified Mental Health First Aiders on site should anyone need to speak to them.

 

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 offer different levels of support:

 

Universal Support – To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.

Additional support – For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.

Targeted support – For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.

 

We all have times when we have low mental wellbeing, where we feel stressed, upset or find it difficult to cope. There are some common life events that may affect you or your child's mental wellbeing:

 

  • Loss or bereavement.
  • Loneliness.
  • Relationship problems.
  • Issues at school.
  • Worries about money.

 

 

Everyone deserves to feel good and there are steps you or your child can take to maintain and improve your mental wellbeing:

 

  • Build positive relationships.
  • Take time for yourself.
  • Look after your mental health.
  • Look after your physical health.
     

What can your child can do in school to gain mental wellbeing?

 

  • Be open and talk about your feelings with your friends.
  • Associate yourself with positive people.
  • Join an afterschool club.
  • Speak to a member of staff.
  • Tell the Mental Health First Aider
  • Get physically active (a Health body and mind are closely linked).

 

Mental Health Illness

 

Sometimes, people are born with a mental health illness which affects them throughout their lives. They might have different ways of being supported and coping with their mental health illness; they might take a medicine or they might have a doctor or counsellor that they talk to, to help them cope and regain a sense of wellbeing.

 

Mental illness is often invisible, but that doesn’t mean it should be hidden. Statistics tell us that most people suffer from a mental health concern at some point in their lives and that one in ten young people struggle with their mental health. People with any illnesses, whether they affect our mental or physical health, deserve support, help and understanding.

 

Breaking the Stigma

 

Understanding and responding to our mental health and wellbeing needs is something we believe in at St. Bernadette's. We aim to take away the stigma and negativity and help our pupils and families to talk openly.

 

 

 

 

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