Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. Over the course of your life, mental health problems could affect your thinking, mood, and behavior.
Ms Avery is our Learning Mentor and is the Mental Health lead at Badock’s Wood E-ACT Academy. There are staff in every Key Stage who are qualified Mental Health First Aiders.
If you have any concerns about a child or yourself, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Avery (email@example.com). She will be happy to help.
We use the PERMA model to promote pupils’ wellbeing and positive mental health across the school. Above all, we recognise that having positive relationships with adults and other children is a key protective factor for children’s mental health.
The Zones of Regulation is used with all pupils at Badock’s Wood E-ACT Academy. We use this to support them to talk about how they are feeling and recognise what they need to do to regulate their emotions (and ‘get back to the green zone’). This can be used additionally at home with pupils.
The Thrive Approach
Social and emotional development is closely linked to mental health. We use the Thrive Approach to support pupils who are experiencing barriers to learning relating to their social, emotional or mental health. To find out more, click here.
Mental Health & Wellbeing Action Plan
Our whole school mental health and wellbeing priorities for 2020-2021 are:
- The Thrive Approach will be embedded across the school. This means it will be well understood by staff and pupils, and interventions will be timely, targeted and consistent.
- Staff wellbeing will be supported, through a supportive school community, accessing CPD around mental health, and staff feeling empowered to manage their own wellbeing.
- The Jigsaw PSHE curriculum will be understood by staff and pupils, and used to support wellbeing.
- Pupils are able to support each other’s wellbeing and are socially confident.
- Pupils are able to name strategies for supporting wellbeing and dealing with stress, such as the use of safe spaces and the importance of trusted adults.
You can read the full action plan here: Mental Health & Wellbeing Action Plan Oct 2020
Resources for families
The Website for Mental Health England is https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk. There are lots of useful links and tips on this website.
Child Adolescent and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) also have workbooks available which you can work through with your child at home. You can browse the website at https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/downloads
Further resources on wellbeing can be found on The Thrive Approach section of the website.