Mental Health & Wellbeing
We use the World Health Organisation’s definition of mental health and wellbeing
“a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”.
At Littletown we are placing mental health high on our development agenda. We are developing a whole school Mental Health Strategy in conjunction with Early Help for Mental Health which will be available here when complete. Our aim is that all children, staff and parents will have an increased awareness of mental health and talk about it with equal importance as physical health. This will enable vulnerable pupils to receive signposting and help through the Student and Family Support team and Early Help.
Our first World Mental Health Day celebration on October 10th was a huge success, with all children talking openly about mental health, having assemblies and making wristbands to take home with a reminder of how to keep mentally healthy. The mental health of staff was also considered with lots of yellow cakes, sweets and flowers in the staffroom!
We are committed to helping families find support for mental health in school and you can contact the SAFS team via the office anytime with specific enquiries. In addition, the cabin is open for a drop-in, informal chat with Karen Canniford every morning from 8.45-9.15.
Please have a look at some of the websites listed below. Some are resources used in school to help children’s focus, mindfulness and mental health, and some are for you as parents and carers to find out a bit more:
Early Help website, detailing information about what they do, training available for parents/carers and some useful signposting information if you are concerned.
Young Minds charity website; a great place to go for information on mental health in general, various conditions, parent support and resources.
Child friendly meditation to help focus the mind and take a break from the day. You can sign up for free.
Superb website with various categories of movement and relaxation, from getting the body moving with guided dance, to breathing exercises and brain challenges. Again, sign up for free. We have used this in school so many of the children are familiar and have their favourite videos already!