The emotional wellbeing of pupils, staff, parents and carers is crucial to living a happy, successful and healthy life. There are times, however, when we all need a little support in achieving this.
Talk - share your feelings with friends and family - it doesn't have to be a big sit down conversation, let it develop as you do something together.
Keep physically active - get all those endorphins going in the brain which help us feel good
Eat well and regularly - this regulates your blood sugar levels which impacts on your mood and helps concentration - your brain needs nutrients too!
Get a good night's sleep – one of the hardest things to do sometimes – but here are some tips:
Connect with others and be sociable. Try volunteering - helping others can make you feel part of the community and make you feel good about your place in the world.
Do something you are good at! Lose yourself in an activity or hobby - enjoying yourself can help beat stress and achieving something can really boost your self-esteem.
Develop some coping strategies for difficult/stressful situations - these will be personal to you, but could include writing lists, listening to music, repeating positive phrases to yourself, imagining a calm landscape. Know what works for you and practice them so they are ready at hand.
Ask for help! One of the bravest things we can do is ask for help, and there is no weakness or shame in doing so! One of the most important ways we can keep healthy mentally is to recognise when you aren't feeling good.
There is a vast amount of support online that is free to access and offers guidance, advice, support and tips on how to deal with mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. This support ranges from case studies to helpful hints, and also offers phone numbers in case this support is required.
Promoting positive mental health is essential to success. The online support organisations below are some of the many ways we can extend the range of support available to our school and the wider community. Please see some useful links below and support materials from the Mental Health Foundation.
|Kooth||All young people.|
|Stonewall||Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and support for parents.|
|Dudley Mind||Young people, parents and carers.|
|Young Mind||Project based advice for young people and parents/carers. Helpline number for parents/carers.|
|Anxiety UK||Young people. Support for anxiety conditions.|
|Time to Change||Young people. Provides phone numbers for mental health charities, groups and services.|
|Heads Together||Young people. Promotes talking about mental health and getting rid of the stigma attached to it.|
|Place2Be||Parents/carers. Provides emotional support for children.|
|Starting Secondary School||Advice about getting ready to start secondary school.|
|ChildNet||Parents and carers. Working to keep the internet a safe place to be.|
|What Centre||Parents and carers. A place for parents/carers to access services in the local area.|
|Samaritans||All people with suicidal thoughts.|
|The Children's Society||Advice for young people.|
|Selfharm UK/Virtual College||Free online course designed to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children.|
|The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families||Support for families.|
|Parent Zone||Internet use.|
|Action for Happiness||Monthly calendars packed with actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world.|
Wellbeing is how we think and feel about ourselves, our lives and our experiences.
The Well is an oasis of calm for children for quiet reflection in a friendly, welcoming cosy space.
The wellbeing centre ensures that children who are most vulnerable or experiencing adversity at home, feel safe and can talk their issues through with a member of the pastoral team to share how they think and feel about themselves and help them to cope. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in The Well can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will cope later in life.
The Well also allows for early identification of a child's needs. When those who may be in need of additional support are identified, children will spend short periods of time with pastoral staff playing or talking on a 1:1 basis, sharing their anxieties and worries. This gives staff a deeper understanding of where to signpost a child's needs.
When children and young people feel good about themselves, feel that their life is going well, they will feel more about to get on with their daily lives.
A few simple steps can make a real difference in children achieving a happy and healthy life now and in the future. These include:
If you have a worry big or small you can send a message through the Worry Boxes. Your message will be sent to our pastoral team who are here to help you if something is worrying you. They look after the worry box and can help you by speaking quietly to you and your teachers to make sure you feel happy again.
Our worry boxes can be found opposite the IT and PE office downstairs; and opposite 4R upstairs.
Remember that all children have worries at some point and some worry more than others. The worry box is here to help you as often or as little as you need!
Lunch club is an inclusive service for children of all ages at Colley lane. Children are sat at a dining table with staff during their lunch time, providing opportunities to foster trustful relationships within the school. Children who find the hustle and bustle of the main lunch hall difficult can enjoy the quiet, relaxed atmosphere of The Well lunch club and generally feel much happier and relaxed.
The Well lunch club also gives children the opportunity to play collaboratively with other children across school life, learning the social rules of play, cooperating with others, taking turns and practicing self-control.