Mental Health and Well-being

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 Mental Health Lead is Mrs Wilkinson

Our PSHE and Wellbeing Leads are Mrs Pacey & Miss Eddison

Our Learning Mentor is Mrs Psaila

Our Mental Health First Aiders are Mrs Pettigrew, Mrs Atkinson, Mrs Psaila, Mrs Wilkinson, Mrs Brooke, and Miss Collier.

 

Our school highly values the importance of our mental and emotional well-being and we consistently celebrate and promote positive mental health. 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 well-being 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. 

We also offer experiences through our celebration themed weeks of National Mental Health and Children's Mental Health Awareness weeks, our Mindmate assemblies , mindfulness sessions, circle times and our class Zones of Regulation emotional check ins.

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 Psaila, 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 our Staff wellbeing charter, MHFAE trained Mental Health First Aiders and the Leeds Council Employee Assistance Programme.  

We promote open and honest dialogue for all. If something is making you feel upset or worried, it is always good to talk to someone you feel safe with. It can help to tell them how you feel and what is happening even if you are not sure what is wrong. 

At Woodlesford, each class has a worry box, where the children can share any worries they may have. We also use our class ‘Zones of Regulation’ to help support our pupils to recognise and self regulate their emotions and as a tool to develop their own strategies to promote their emotional well being. 

Useful Links:

 Leeds CAMHS Crisis Line Information for Parents

 Leeds CAMHS Crisis Line Information for Young People

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 

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 
 
This link provides a  broad range of mental health support and resources for children and young people across Leeds, including support available via text, telephone and online. https://www.schoolwellbeing.co.uk/mental-health-wellbeing/pages/mental-health-and-wellbeing-web-links

Childline https://childline.org.uk/kids  

Kooth is a free online wellbeing service for children and young people.  Please see the Kooth accompanying documents for further information and how to access it. Kooth https://www.kooth.com/ 

 Kooth Information Letter     How to sign up to Kooth      FAQ 

NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/
Anna Freud https://www.annafreud.org/parents-and-carers/ 

 

We grow together, we learn together, we achieve together.