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Wellbeing and Mental Health

Wellbeing Mentor Policy    

At Wheatfields Junior school we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers), and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health. We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement. All children go through ups and downs during their school career and some face significant life events.

The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that: “in order to help their children succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. Schools can be a place for children and young people to experience a nurturing and supportive environment that has the potential to develop self-esteem and give positive experiences for overcoming adversity and building resilience. For some, school will be a place of respite from difficult home lives and offer positive role models and relationships, which are critical in promoting children’s wellbeing and can help create a sense of belonging and community.

Our aim is to;

• help children to understand their emotions, feelings and thoughts

• help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries

• help children to expand their social skills and maintain positive friendships

• promote self-esteem and confidence in children

• encourage a safe network of people that children can talk to

• help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage difficulties

Useful Links
Mental Health
Mind
Time To Change
NHS - Mental Health Helplines
Re-Think
Kids Matter

Activities                                                                                   Let's talk mental health logo

Feelings 

https://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/uploads/Files/PDFs/Resilience%20Activities/Feelings%20Activities.pdf

Communication

https://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/uploads/Files/PDFs/Resilience%20Activities/Communicat ion%20Activities.pdf

What makes a good friend?

https://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/uploads/Files/PDFs/Resilience%20Activities/Friendship% 20Activities.pdf

Dealing with Anger

https://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/uploads/Files/PDFs/Resilience%20Activities/Dealing%20 with%20Anger%20Activities.pdf

Change and Loss

https://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/uploads/Files/PDFs/Resilience%20Activities/Change%20 and%20Loss%20Activities.pdf

Parent Support Information

Safer Places launched a new https://www.saferplaces.co.uk/live chat service to support those experiencing, or at risk of abuse. The new service enables anyone experiencing abuse to chat directly with a member of the Safer Places team.

The measures announced to tackle coronavirus (COVID 19) have seen day to day life change dramatically and undoubtedly made it harder for people to access support services as survivors are isolated with abusers with small windows of opportunity to speak. This new service will give survivors the opportunity to access support discreetly. The new service will initially be open between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 8pm - 8am Fri - Sun 8pm - 8am. The live chat session will appear if you go on to the Safer places website. If you need help you can start a conversation to receive support. Or alternatively the direct number is 03301 025811 open 24/7.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families - Child in Mind podcasts

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