At St. Joseph's we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health. We recognise that positive mental health is a crucial factor in overall wellbeing and can affect learning, achievement and performance.
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".
Our role in school is to ensure that all members of our school community are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. It is important to highlight what everyone can do to maintain positive mental health; what affects mental health and where to go if help and support is needed.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Team:
Mrs K Powles
Mrs S Vesty
Please contact the school office if you would like to speak to one of our Wellbeing team.
We are working towards the
Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools Award
"Strengthening the mental health of the next generation by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK's education system, hereby improving outcomes and life chances."
Useful websites for the whole community
Big Life Journal has shared their '7 helpful hints' to support positive feedback for children.
It is natural for children to resist feedback, especially when it is corrective. Studies show being critiqued can feel threatening thus triggering the fight-flight-freeze stress response. These helpful hints will support positive interactions when communication feedback.
Mindfulness and calming techniques.
These are great for exploring the environment using all your senses and great for a calming activity.
Why not try them with your children?
Random acts of kindness from Twinkl.
This activity helps to boost the mental health of others.
Research shows that helping others can be beneficial to our own mental health as well.