Mental Health and Wellbeing
Our vision is to develop a school community where children can enjoy a welcoming, secure, happy and healthy environment, where all members can develop self-confidence, self-esteem, self-motivation, resilience, independence, compassion, tolerance and understanding of others.
At Ashton First School, we support the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, staff and parents. We have a supportive and caring ethos of respect and kindness, where each individual is valued.
At our school 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 promote a mentally healthy environment through:
By the end of Year 5 our pupils should know:
That mental wellbeing is a normal part of daily life, in the same way as physical health.
There is a normal range of emotions (e.g. happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise and nervousness) and scale of emotions that all humans experience in relation to different experiences and situations.
How to recognise and talk about their emotions, including having a varied vocabulary of words to use when talking about their own and other's feelings.
How to judge whether what they are feeling and how they are behaving is appropriate and proportionate.
The benefits of physical exercise, time outdoors, community participation, and voluntary activity on mental wellbeing and happiness.
Simple self-care techniques, including the importance of rest, time spent with friends and family and the benefits of hobbies and interests.
Isolation and loneliness can affect children and that it is very important for children to discuss their feelings with an adult they can trust and seek support.
That bullying and cyber bullying has a negative and often lasting impact on mental wellbeing.
Where and how to seek support (including recognising the triggers for seeking support), including whom in school they should speak to if they are worried about their own or someone else's mental wellbeing or ability to control their emotions (including issues that arise online).
It is common for people to experience mental ill health, for many people who do, the problems can be resolved if the right support is made available, especially if accessed early enough.
(Please be aware that we have no input into their content)
|General mental health support:
|Domestic violence support:
|Support with alcohol abuse:
|Support with addiction:
|Support with eating disorders:
|Coping with anxiety:
|Support with OCD:
|Recommended Reading Lists for promoting Wellbeing and Mental Health in children|
|Reading Well Book Guide|
|Wellbeing Book Guide|