Mental Health & emotional wellbeing
Supporting everyone’s emotional wellbeing and mental health, so that they can be listened to, are happy together and ready to learn.
It is widely recognised that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning, as well as their physical and social health and their mental wellbeing in adulthood. The department for Education recognises that, in order to help their pupils succeed: schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy.
Our Personal, Social and Health Education teaching is underpinned by the Christian values upon which our school community is based, love, faith, respect and courage. We recognise the importance of building children’s independence and self-esteem, developing respect and responsibility for oneself and co-operation with others through our ‘character education’. It is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils and involves learning about relationships, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity. Our school’s approach follows that of the Church of England Education Office in that it seeks to be faithful, sensitive and inclusive. Everyone will be treated with dignity as all people are made in the image of God and are loved equally by God.
At St.Michael’s, we aim to promote positive mental health for every child, parent / carer and staff. We pursue this using both universal, whole school and specialised approaches for all families.There are many resources widely available online that can help families and children take care of their own mental health and emotional wellbeing – we have listed some below
Concerned about your Child?
As always your child’s class teacher should be the first port of call if you have any concerns about their mental health or emotional wellbeing, however Catherine Cullen, our Pastoral Care Manager, is readily available to talk to you about strategies and resources you could be using at home but also to share information with you about relevant agencies that can support you and your family. She is able to make school referrals to some agencies but can help with referrals you will need to make yourself. Her direct line at school is 01245 472682 option 2.
There are times when families lose loved ones and it can be difficult for parents and carers to know how to support their children whilst grieving themselves. The two organisations below offer advice and resources to parents and carers facing these difficult times.