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Mental Health and Wellbeing

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A Whole School Approach

“Children’s mental wellbeing is so vitally important. Happier children learn more and are much more likely to reach their potential” – @actionforhappiness

When it comes to the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils at Pownall Hall School, we take a whole school approach and recognise that the wellbeing of our pupils is paramount.

Our Pastoral Care is something we pride ourselves on and within our small, family community both pupils and staff all look out for each other and will question if someone is not ok, coping or struggling. If this is the case then we put strategies in place, in partnership with the child’s family, to work through any difficult situations so they get a continuity of support both within school and at home.

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Wellbeing In School

There are a variety of ways in which we highlight the importance of wellbeing and instil a culture of support for all pupils. Here are just some of them.

  • In Form 6, a selection of children are chosen to be Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and they work on a number of projects each year to promote wellbeing and friendship within school.
  • Children in Nursery, Kindergarten and Reception take part in a weekly yoga class as part of the curriculum. The yoga class focuses on relaxing postures and breathing techniques to instil calm and relaxation.
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Resources

If you would like extra support or are interested in learning more about children’s mental health and wellbeing then there are a list of links to website which will help you.

Young Minds

Whether you want to understand more about how you’re feeling and find ways to feel better, or you want to support someone who’s struggling, we can help.

NHS 

There are times when we all feel the strain. As parents and carers, there are ways we can support children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy.

Mentalhealth.org.uk

Mental health problems affect around one in six children. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder (a type of behavioural problem), and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.

Top tips to support children and young people

Be there to listen

Regularly ask how they’re doing so they get used to talking about their feelings and know there’s always someone to listen if they want it. Find out how to create a space where they will open up.

How to start a conversation with your child

Support them through difficulties

Pay attention to their emotions and behaviour, and try to help them work through difficulties. It’s not always easy when faced with challenging behaviour, but try to help them understand what they’re feeling and why.

Help with difficult behaviour and emotions

Stay involved in their life

Show interest in their life and the things important to them. It not only helps them value who they are but also makes it easier for you to spot problems and support them.

Encourage their interests

Being active or creative, learning new things and being a part of a team help connect us with others and are important ways we can all help our mental health. Support and encourage them to explore their interests, whatever they are.

Take what they say seriously

Listening to and valuing what they say, without judging their feelings, in turn makes them feel valued. Consider how to help them process and work through their emotions in a more constructive way.

The Anna Freud Centre support guide

Build positive routines

We know it still may not be easy, but try to reintroduce structure around regular routines, healthy eating and exercise. A good night’s sleep is also really important – try to get them back into routines that fit with school or college.

Sleep tips for children

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