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St Thomas More Catholic Primary School

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Mental Health and Wellbeing

 

At St Thomas More, we know our mental health and wellbeing is just as important as our physical health.  In our school, we learn about how important it is to talk about our feelings and emotions.  We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and, at times, anyone may need additional emotional support.

 

This is why we have been awarded the Mental Health Champion Award by the Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning (GHLL) team!

 

We are also part of the GHLL Trailblazer programmeAs a Trailblazer school, we are working with statutory healthcare providers who will be delivering mental health service delivery to pupils within our School.  Teachers and school staff work with a team of Education Mental Health Practitioners to identify children with emerging mental health needs, as part of a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.  This could be support for building friendships, resilience or self-esteem, for example.  

 

Pupil Voice

 

My school really cares about me and how I am feeling.

I know this because:

‘My teachers show me by helping me if I fall over, with my work and when I’m feeling sad or angry’

‘My teachers ask me if I am okay when I am feeling sad’.

 

If needed, I would feel comfortable talking about how I am feeling at school.

‘'I feel comfortable talking to anyone in our school about how I am feeling’

‘I know I can go into the corridor or for a walk around and the adult will listen to my worries’

‘I can go to the Nurture room if I need a quiet space to go and talk’.

 

My teachers know when I am feeling worried or unhappy.

I know this because:

‘They ask me how I’m feeling’

‘We can always talk to our teachers’.

We know we can do these things when our minds are feeling happy and healthy:

We can promote positive mental health and wellbeing by following the 5 Ways of Wellbeing

Connect - Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing.  It is good to feel close to, and valued, by other people.

 

Be Active - Regular physical exercise has been scientifically proven to make us feel better and improve our emotional wellbeing. 

 

Take notice - Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.  This is also called 'mindfulness'.

 

Give - Research has found a link between doing good things and an increase in wellbeing.  It creates positive feelings and a sense of reward as well as giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth

 

Keep Learning - Learning new things is a good way to boost our self confidence, which in turn improves our mental health and wellbeing.  It is also a good way to meet new people and connect!

 

Here are some activity ideas for promote the 5 Ways of Wellbeing

Mindful March

Friendly February

When things get a little bit too much, make yourself an emergency bag...

At St Thomas More, we have a 'Have A Go Hawk' attitude to the challenges we face!

Here is a list of resources to support the mental wellbeing of children being educated remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic

‘Wellbeing Boosting’ Challenge

Useful Websites

Hello Yellow - World Mental Health Day Fundraising - We raised £112.32!

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