Mental Health & Wellbeing
Mental Health and Physical Health are now a safeguarding concern and requires immediate action.
St.Wenn School does this by identifying possible mental health problems. 1:8 5-16 year olds child are diagnosed with mental health issues.
Mental Health can be an indicator that a child has or is suffering or at risk of suffering abuse, neglect or exploitation. We have clear systems in place for identifying possible mental health problems .
Mandy Curtis our Wellbeing Champion has undertaken an Emotional First Aid course and has completed a level 5 Diploma in Mental Health through Headstart Kernow and the Trauma in formed schools partnership (TIS). This is based on Therapeutic teaching and is a practicing mental health practitioner.
Trauma can happen to anyone and is defined as:
“Having suffering a traumatic event or events where there was no emotionally available adult to support them.”
We also celebrate World Mental Health Days and focus on the positives. The children are taught about how the brain works in a very gentle way, helping to give them a better understanding of the importance of mental health and wellbeing.
Mental health and wellbeing go hand in hand. If a child has or is suffering abuse then it will obviously affect their mental health and development.
At St. Wenn School we know how important wellbeing is to our pupils and ensure that wellbeing is used throughout the curriculum.
The Government have set out guidelines for schools to teach children about the 5 steps to wellbeing, which are displayed around the school for children to learn and discussed during PHSE amongst other subject.
THE 5 STEPS TO WELLBEING
To be ACTIVE
To take NOTICE
To KEEP LEARNING
These are simple and proven actions that workplaces can introduce to help their people find balance, build resilience and boost mental health and wellbeing.
St Wenn also has a Wellbeing Staff Champion-Mr Beer, who supports adults and makes sure that staff have wellbeing meetings once a term.
We also have wellbeing assemblies, wellbeing surveys and use our PSHE programme jigsaw.
Yoga at St Wenn School
Yoga has many benefits - physical, mental and emotional. It is a great way to improve and develop the physical strength, emotional awareness and wellbeing of children. It can support children to help to develop strength, flexibility and balance whilst also improving concentration and mindfulness as well as increasing self confidence and resilience. Miss Bartlett is a qualified childrens yoga teacher and throughout the school year offers yoga as an afterschool club, and teaches and uses yoga in the classroom.