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Mental Health and Well-being

Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

(World Health Organization)

 

At Abbey Infant School, we aim to promote positive mental well-being for all of our pupils, staff, families and the community.  Our Mental Health and Well-being team meet every half term to review what we are doing and think about how we can improve well-being in our school.  As well as promoting positive mental well-being, we aim to recognise and respond to poor mental ill health.  In an average classroom, three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. 

 

We aim to create and promote a safe and stable environment for pupils affected both directly and indirectly by mental ill health, or signpost individuals to organisations for support.

 

 

Supporting Pupils

 

We believe we have a key role in promoting children’s positive mental health and well-being.  Our school has developed a range of strategies and approaches including:

 

  • The Thrive Approach
  • Transition support between classes and to junior school                       
  • Quiet calm areas in all classrooms    
  • Nurture Groups                                                
  • Positive, structured adult led play opportunities at playtimes
  • Lego Therapy                                                  
  • Taking Care Programme
  • Art Therapy
  • Relax Kids after school group
  • PSHE
  • Circle Times
  • After school sports and craft clubs
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles through diet and exercise to support mental health and well-being

 

The Thrive Approach

 

The Thrive Approach supports social and emotional development. 

We aim to provide …

  • Support for children who are experiencing emotional, social or behaviour difficulties.
  • We provide a safe and calm environment for children to develop their skills.
  • Enable children to take pride in their achievements and enhance self-esteem.
  • Help children to manage their feelings and develop skills to enjoy and participate in school life.
  • Use positive approaches to manage all behaviours.

 

Children are supported every day by our Thrive practitioner in the Learning Hub.

 


 

The Dimensions Tool

 

The Dimensions Tool is a free online tool providing personalised information to support a person’s well-being and mental health. You can rate yourself or another person against a number of dimensions related to health and wellbeing. The tool creates a Dimensions report which provides information about self-care, local services and support.

RISE Mental Health in Schools

Chat Health

Chat Health is a texting advice service run by health visitors and school nurses, dependant on your child or young person's age.

If you have any questions about your pre-school child, or your own health and well being you can text 07520 615293 at any time. A health visitor will aim to text you back within 2 hours during normal working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, excluding bank holidays).

 

If you are the parent or carer of a child in school, you can text a school nurse on 07520 619376. You will get a reply during opening hours (Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm).

Mental Health Support in Nuneaton

How to find Support in Warwickshire

Supporting Staff

Promoting staff health and emotional well-being is an integral part of the whole school approach to mindfulness and mental well-being.  We have an open door policy if staff need to speak to someone about concerns or personal well-being.  We believe in maintaining a positive work life balance.  Time is made available in the school day for staff to fulfil responsibilities.

Signposting to materials about mental health and well-being is also made available.

 

Staff have access to the Warwickshire County Council’s Employee Assistance Programme, Workplace Wellness, providing support 365 days a year.

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