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Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Holy Rood Catholic Primary School we recognise that each and every child is made perfectly in the image of God. We care for and prioritise not only children’s education but also the Spiritual, Social, Emotional, Mental Health and Wellbeing of our whole school community. We take a whole school approach to promoting positive mental health, aiming to help children become more resilient, happy and successful and to work in a pro-active way to avoid problems arising.

If you have any concerns or worries about your child's mental health or wellbeing, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher. As a team we can work together! 

What is Wellbeing?

Wellbeing is about our thoughts, feelings, emotions and ability to react to life. A good sense of wellbeing is feeling ok and able to cope, even when life or situations are challenging.

Sometimes our wellbeing is affected by things out of our control: illness, a stressful family situation or crisis.

When our wellbeing is affected and we don’t feel able to cope, this can lead to mental health concerns: sadness, depression and unhelpful thoughts that can stop us from enjoying and coping with daily life.

5 Ways to Wellbeing - Video Support 

A message from The Duchess of Cambridge about children's mental health!


How do we promote positive mental health and wellbeing? 

  • Creating and applying consistent ethos, policies and behaviours that support mental health and resilience, and which everyone understands.
  • Promoting positive relationships between staff, children and parents/carers.
  • Focusing on the 5 steps to wellbeing (see video below) and ‘Zones of regulation’.
  • Helping children to develop social relationships, support each other and seek help when they need it.
  • Promoting self-esteem and ensuring children understand their importance in the World.
  • Helping children to be resilient learners and to manage setbacks.
  • Teaching children social and emotional skills and an awareness of mental health.
  • Identifying those children who need further support in their wellbeing and planning and auctioning this support to meet their individual needs, including working with specialist services, parents and carers.
  • Developing an open culture where it’s normal to talk about mental health and wellbeing. 
  • Rainbows
  • Lego Play 
  • Volcano in my Tummy 
  • Friendship groups 
  • Sensory breaks 
  • Counselling

Websites especially for children 

Young Minds

A website for children and young people. There are different sections offering information and advice on signs and symptoms, seeking help and looking after yourself. Some handy advice for parents too. Please click on the image to be directed to the website. 

Other Websites which offer support

The following websites have been vetted and approved by the NHS.  We recommend that parents always look at and test out apps and games for themselves before introducing their children to them:

Positive Penguins

Aimed at 8 - 12 year olds. This app helps children to understand their feelings and challenge negative thinking. Four positive penguins take children on a journey to help them better understand the relationship between what they think and what they feel. Please click on the image to be directed to the website. 

The Anna Freud Centre

The Anna Freud Centre is transforming mental health by working with infants, children, young people and their families, their communities and professionals to deliver timely evidence-based support for all. Please click on the image to be directed to the website. 

CAMHS

This site was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health and well-being. Please click on the image to be directed to the website. 

Bridge the Gap

A non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the mental health of children, parents and teachers. Please click on the image to be directed to the website. 

Healthy Young Minds in Herts 

Information on emotional health and wellbeing support available for children and young people in Hertfordshire. 

Every Mind Matters

The NHS  Every Mind Matters website is full of  expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Activities to do at home to support mental health and wellbeing

For each activity, simply click on the title to download. 

 

Mindful Breathing with Teddy 

Yes I can! 

Mindful Colouring 

Mindful Breathing Dot to Dot

MIND Wellbeing Challenge Booklet

MIND 5 Ways to Wellbeing

Self Care