Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves: Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking, so that others won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us: it's in everyone. And, as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love on the Principle of, "A Course in Miracles."
Our intent at Staplegrove Church School is to provide access to enhancing the whole school community's Mental Health and Wellbeing. We gather feedback through questionnaires from staff, children and parents and carers. With this information we ensure we add it to our School Development Plan. We support Mental Health and Wellbeing by having a Designated Mental Health Lead, we have Emotional Health and Wellbeing Practitioners in partnership with CAMHs, ELSA support, free counselling service to our parents, carers and staff and a staff Wellbeing Team. We have also raised the importance of teaching about Mental Health and Wellbeing in our PSHE curriculum. The impact of all of this is to raise awareness of the importance of looking after your mental health and wellbeing, and when and how to reach out for support. Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing is important to us and we would encourage you all to join us.
5 WAYS TO WELLBEING
Good Mental Health is underpinned with Good Wellbeing. Imagine your wellbeing as the foundations of a house, we often take it for granted and don't notice it until cracks start appearing elsewhere. If the foundations aren't solid enough then problems show up in the house. If our wellbeing is good, then the house is solid and we can carry on. Wellbeing is crucial to good mental health; poor mental health is often correlated with poor wellbeing. A good start to increasing positive mental health is to check out 5 Ways to Wellbeing and see how you can improve your own, and your child's, wellbeing.
10th October 2021 World Mental Health Day
7th - 13th February 2022 Place2Be Children's Mental Health Week
9th-15th May 2022 Mental Health Awareness Week
Some useful websites:
https://www.bacp.co.uk/ The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Useful information on therapy and how to find an accredited counsellor in your area.
https://www.annafreud.org/ The Anna Freud Centre. Their vision is a world where children and families are supported effectively. A place to find useful advice, information and resources to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.
https://www.minded.org.uk/ a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults.
https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk Quality assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.
https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/ Confidential advice and support for those suffering with anxiety.
https://childbereavementuk.org/ Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2021/09/03/mental-health-resources-for-children-parents-carers-and-school-staff/ Lots of really useful support and information on a range of areas.