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Mental Health and Well-Being

At Lumbertubs Primary school, we are committed to supporting the positive mental health and well-being of our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers). We recognise that mental health and well-being is just as important to our physical health.

At Lumbertubs we endeavour to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and how to deal with stress. We aim to ensure that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it.

We also have a role to ensure that the children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.

At our school we know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.

At Lumbertubs Primary we have designated leader for mental health 

Helena Georgiou (Senior inclusion support manager)

Deputy mental health lead - Lydia Bloomer

Other staff:

Carol Bull (SENDCo)

Carlie Hunt (R.E. Coordinator)

Teaching about Mental Health and Well-being

At Lumbertubs Primary we take a whole school approach to promoting positive mental health and well-being, aiming to help children become more resilient, happy and successful and to work in a pro-active way to avoid problems arising. We do this by:

  • Creating and applying consistent ethos, policies and behaviours that support mental health and resilience, and which everyone understands.
  • Help children to understand their emotion and feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • Helping children develop social relationships, support each other and seek help when they need it.
  • Promoting self-esteem and ensure children know that they count in their world
  • Encourage children to be confident and develop new skills
  • Help children to develop emotional resilience and how to face challenges
  • Teaching children social and emotional skills and an awareness of mental health.
  • Identifying children who have mental health challenges and planning support to meet their needs, including working with specialist services, parents and carers
  • Supporting and training staff to develop their skills and their own resilience
  • Develop an open culture where it’s normal to talk about mental health. 

 

Talking Mental Health

Talking Mental Health is an animation designed to help begin conversations about mental health.

What are the 5 Ways to Wellbeing?

A short film about what the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.

 

Parents and carers.

Parents or carers should approach their child/childrens class teacher if they have any mental health concerns. This will be cascaded to the Mental Health Leader for assessment. In addition to offering universal support within school, we may also discuss with you additional support mechanisms available to you from the following agencies:

  • School Nursing Service Northampton (providing links to support parent/ Carers)  
  • CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
  • Referral management centre
  • Mental Health First Aider
  • Counselling support

Online resources to support Mental Health and Wellbeing can be found on the following websites:

Autumn Term 1 

Mental health is an emotive subject area which can take us back to difficult times and stir up strong feelings.

Year 2,3,4,5 and 6 have had a session on talking about mental health with Miss Georgiou.

The learning outcomes from the lesson were: 

1. Giving children consistent and accessible language to talk about mental health and wellbeing.

2. Ensure children know who trusted adults in their life are and how to ask for help and support.

3. Ensure children understand the difference between everyday feeling and a big feeling.

4. Given children the skills and techniques to be good listeners.

The lesson and resources came from the Ann Freud National Centre for children and families.

 

On the 9th September 2020 

Mental Health Awareness at Lumbertubs in support of Young Minds

Children will take part in a range of activities throughout the day, we are celebrating this by wearing something  yellow. (T-shirt, bracelet, or clothing with yellow in it) 

Voices of the children at Lumbertubs Primary

Children were asked how they are feeling in school? 

Talking about Mental Health 

-Tips for Parents and Carers-

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