Wellbeing at Robin Hood Primary School
As a school, we take mental health and wellbeing very seriously and we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life changes that can make us vulnerable and, at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- support children in developing their communication and listening skills
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
Action for happiness is a not for profit creating a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society, by helping people to take practical action drawing on latest scientific research.
A children’s mental health charity providing specialist help and training.
A counselling service for parents, children and young people.
Independent charity that champions and supports the effective early intervention for young people at risk of experiencing poor outcomes.
Free national mental health database which helps users to locate the nearest source of support for mental health issues.
Provides free online support for young people delivered by qualified counsellors.
UK charity dedicated to finding the sources of mental health issues.
National mental health charity which offers a range of materials on all aspects of mental health.
Free education resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults. MindEd for families has online advice and information from trusted sources.
Rethink works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life.
Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK.
A national out of hours helpline which provides support and information to anyone coping with mental illness.
Time to change is England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
A charity which aims to raise standards in the understanding and management of child’s mental health issues.
The wellness recovery actin plan is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stat well and make their life the way they want it.
Leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health and children and empowering their careers.
The following organisations provide support for schools:
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Offers information and resources validated by health professionals.
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Aimed at 8-12 year olds, this app helps children understand their feelings and challenge negative thinking.
Helps those suffering with anxiety disorders.
A charity that helps people who experience panic attacks, phobias and other anxiety related disorders.
App for self-help for anxiety which includes a personal toolbox, negative thought buster and more information.
Personal advice and support for those affected by eating disorders.
App for eating disorder recovery for all eating disorders.
Support, advice and information for children and adults when someone dies.
As a school we offer different levels of support:
To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. This may include:
- Supporting social skills during play in class and during break times
- Teaching of wellbeing and metal health in the curriculum including during PSHE and Mind Mate lessons.
- The use of class worry boxes. These are checked regularly by members of staff and used to support individual and whole class worries.
- Staff have a bank of social stories and wellbeing resources that can be used to support all children.
- A lunch time club with games and familiar adults is provided each day. Children can visit to chat about how they feel or use this time to play games to develop social skills.
- The use of mindfulness, meditation and yoga during the school day to promote positive mental wellbeing.
- Promoting positive classroom environments.
- Wellbeing classroom resources including; calm down tool kits, wellbeing books and apps on the iPads such as Headspace.
For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement. This may include:
- Signposting from members of staff to children and parents to information and websites that can offer support.
- Worry books can be offered to support specific children with communicating their emotions.
- Visual timetable are using for supporting individual children.
- Home school communication books are offered to support individual children.
- Individual and group nurture based on specific needs.
For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions.
- Referrals to Mind Mate for support from outside of school.
- Support from the school SENCO.
- Referrals to the local cluster of schools.
- Play therapy.
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