Evidence shows that across the UK, mental health issues in children are increasing while child wellbeing is deteriorating. Young people today have to navigate a complex and ever-changing world, facing challenges and pressures in numerous aspects of their life.
We are committed to providing an environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in our school can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives.
Emotional wellbeing is a one indicator of academic achievement and of long-term success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools can lead to significant improvements in children’s future prospects and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools has also been shown to lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying.
At Thorney Close Primary School we believe that there should be a greater focus on prevention. We aim to reduce the stigma around talking about our own wellbeing and to develop children’s emotional intelligence and emotional literacy. ‘Emotional intelligence’ refers a person's overall ability to deal with their emotions, while ‘emotional literacy’ suggests a person's ability to effectively communicate their emotions and read them in others. We are committed to supporting all of our pupils to learn the following:
- Knowing emotions Recognising a feeling as it happens.
- Managing emotions How to reassure themselves when they feel anxious or upset.
- Self-Motivation How to be in charge of their emotions, rather than controlled by them.
- Empathy To be aware of what another person is feeling.
- Handling relationships To build respectful relationships with others.
To achieve this we will be implementing many different strategies from the Relationships and the PSHE curriculum, including drawing inspiration from ‘Zones of Regulation’ to support the children to be able talk about and reflect on how they are feeling and why. This is to all to help their minds ‘feel well’.
Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Pack
During this time of uncertainty and recommendations to distance yourself from others, you may worry about how you will cope. The pack below provides a few ideas about how you can protect your Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing.
If you are in need of urgent mental health care,
call the Crisis Team on 0191 5665500 or free via 111