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, Mrs Galloway and Mrs Murphy.
- 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:
Everyone deserves to feel good and there are steps you or your child can take to maintain and improve your mental wellbeing:
What can your child do in School to gain mental wellbeing?
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.
RAINBOWS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GREAT BRITAIN
Here at St. Bernadette's we are immensely proud to be a recognised Rainbows Site for our children with Mrs Galloway and Mrs Hykin being our Rainbow Facilitators.
Rainbows Bereavement Support Great Britain is a well respected national charity having a proven, positive impact on the lives of children, young people and adults grieving a significant and often devastating loss in their lives.
Their vision is for every child and young person in every School in Great Britain, grieving a significant and often devastating loss in their lives, to be understood and supported appropriately.
The principal objectives and activities of Rainbows Bereavement Support Great Britain are:
The work of Rainbows is tried, tested, researched, monitored and evaluated. We know the impact of their work is long-lasting and has a tangible impact on people’s lives.
We hope to help our children through any bereavement, a parent separation they may have to go through as well as nurturing children who perhaps are struggling with their low self-esteem, mental health or who just need a little confidence boost.
If you would like to speak to Mrs Galloway or Mrs Hykin confidentially then please do not hesitate to the contact the School Office.
Kooth is an online mental wellbeing community that children can use from the age of 11. It gives children and young people immediate access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced, accredited counsellors.
Here are some of the features you can access on Kooth:
Magazine - The Kooth Magazine shares personal experiences and tips from young people and the Kooth Team.
Discussion Boards - Start or join a conversation with the friendly Kooth community, with lots of topics to choose from such as school, transition etc.
Chat - Chat with our helpful team about anything that's on your mind.
Daily Journal - Use your daily journal to track feelings or emotions and reflect on how you're doing.
Wellbeing Activities - Find activities that support your wellbeing and help to build valuable life skills.