MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING

WELL-BEING

We know that mental health and anxiety are big concerns at the moment and so we have shared this A to Z of mental health services and resources with you again. This document, which is also available via the School Well-being team’s website https://www.schoolwellbeing.co.uk provides a summary of the broad range of mental health support and resources for children and young people across Leeds, including support available via text, telephone and online.  

KOOTH
As we adjust to our third national lockdown, we at Kooth understand the impact and the uncertainty are affecting people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Young people aged 10-18 are fortunate to have the Kooth (www.kooth.com) service available to them. Kooth is an online mental health community where you can access free, safe and anonymous support, commissioned by Leeds NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. 

There is an information session for parents and carers - this will take place on Wednesday 20th January, 6:30-7:30pm. Parents can book their place via this Eventbrite link: CLICK HERE.

 14/01/2021 Y5 & Y6 Parent / Carer Letter from Kooth

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental health is 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. (World Health Organisation) 
 

Our Wellbeing Lead Is Mrs Pacey, our Mental Health Lead is Mrs Wilkinson and our PSHE Lead is Ms Eddison.

Our whole school ethos is built around an offer of a safe, secure and supportive environment where all children can feel valued, respected and confident. 

We ensure the mental wellbeing of our staff and pupils through an open, accepting and respectful ethos. Our values are at the core of the school day, respect and friendship emphasise the importance of other's feelings and we endeavour to live and model these values, every day. 

Our curriculum is underpinned by personal, social and health development whereby children continually develop their understanding of how to live a healthy lifestyle - including emotional, social and physical health principles. 

Our school also offers experiences to promote positive mental health including mindfulness sessions, a ‘growth mindset’ approach and Zones of Regulation. 

If we recognise intervention and support may be needed to nourish an individual's mental wellbeing and health, concerns can be logged through CPOMS and our internal referral system.  A member of the pastoral team will be designated to map out a plan of support for that pupil. This is monitored and reviewed regularly and parents are kept informed.

The school's learning mentor, Mrs Tomlinson, will be directed to support children who require support with their mental wellbeing and health and further support is sought through the Cluster and MindMate with their recommended resources utilised and closely monitored.. 

Mental health of staff is further supported through our MHFAE trained Mental Health First Aider (Mrs Wilkinson) and the Leeds Council Help Employee Assistance service.  

 

We use the MindMate framework to support and build resilience in our pupils: 

https://www.mindmate.org.uk/

As well as embedding the following into our curriculum: 

https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources 

 

Other sources of support include:  

Mental health and behaviour in schools https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mental-health-and-behaviour-in-schools--2 

Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk  

OCD UK www.ocduk.org  

Further links will be added.

We achieve together, we learn together, we succeed together