Wellbeing At St John’s
We are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges 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
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
- encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
Lead staff members:
Mrs Wasyliw: Safeguarding Lead and Mental Health First Aider
Ms Adamson: Mental Health First Aider
Miss Rhodes: PSHE Coordinator and Health and Emotional Wellbeing Lead
Openminds Calderdale. This website provides advice, information, support and signposting on local and national emotional health and wellbeing services that help children, young people and families who are going through a difficult time. It also includes advice for test stress, dealing with the impact of Covid-19 and building resilience.
Young Minds strives to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.
Active Calderdale has lots of tips, advice and ideas on how to keep fit mentally and physically.
If you need information regarding online safety:
If a child wants to speak to someone about anything that is worrying them:
Covid 19 information
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
TOP 5 RESILIENCE TIPS
- Don’t accommodate every need.
Allow children to confront what makes them uncomfortable or uneasy. Help them to understand that experiencing these feelings are normal and important - otherwise they will never learn how to cope with such feelings.
- Avoid eliminating all risk.
Give children age-appropriate freedom allowing them to learn their own limits. For example, allow them to come into school by themselves and organise their belongings.
- Teach them to problem-solve.
Your child may be anxious about an upcoming test. Ask your child how they can feel more confident. Talk about how to manage time and help them practise. Reiterate these feelings are normal and they need to have these experiences to cope with them throughout their lives.
- Let your children make mistakes.
This is difficult but will help children to learn how to alter their actions. If a child refuses to do their homework don’t do it for them instead let your children see the consequences.
- Help them manage their emotions.
Teach your children that all emotions are OK. It’s OK to feel angry that you lost the game or sad at a story.