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.
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
The Thrive Approach supports social and emotional development.
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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.
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).
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.