Your mental health is as important as your physical health. It determines how you handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
It is common to feel a mix of emotion during your school years. You are going to have good and bad days. You are going to have lessons that you are thriving in and some that you will find a real struggle. You will have days when you just want to be alone, when friends may upset you or let you down. You are developing, learning and discovering who you are so go easy on yourself, take good care of both your physical and mental well-being and remember to talk to somebody if you need to.
We want to give our young people the necessary support to build resilience to achieve their good emotional health.
The aim of our work in our academy is to ensure that our students enjoy their time at school and are happy. There are many things that can impact on the emotional well-being of children; keeping up with studies, falling out with friends, and the pressures of social media. We want all our young people to have good emotional health, the skills and confidence to cope with change, be able to think through and solve problems, and ultimately achieve well and be happy.
We are developing a whole school approach where everyone feels safe and comfortable to be themselves, learn and develop in a positive environment and access support when needed.
Staff development – our staff have access to training that enables them to be able to better respond to the emotional needs of students.
Multi-agency partnerships – delivering support to young people who may be struggling at an early stage to stop issues from escalating.
Transition – support offered for young people to make the move from primary to secondary as easy as possible.
Our school is committed to the principles of securing emotional well-being, to allow every young person to have the best possible experience and outcomes throughout their school journey.
For more information and support from the fantastic Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for young people’s mental health, check out the images (with embedded links) below, aimed at both parents and students.
More information will appear here in due course.
Young Minds are a fantastic charity whose mission is to improve the lives of young people all over the UK.
The support pages of their website have specific advice and guidance on issues you may be experiencing:
• Loss or bereavement.
• Relationship problems.
• Issues at school.
• Worries about money.
• Building positive relationships.
• Taking time for ourselves
• Looking after our mental health.
• Looking after our physical health.
• Be open and talk about your feelings with your friends.
• Associate yourself with positive people.
• Join an Enrichment club.
• Speak to a member of staff.
• Talk to your Learning Manager.
• Tell the Inclusion Team.
• Get involved with the Peer Mentors.
• Get physically active (a healthy body and mind are very closely linked!)