Supporting Mental Health
Children’s Mental Health and Well-being
At Brampton Village Primary School we want to provide an effective and enjoyable teaching and learning environment, where children can flourish. We aim to promote the mental and physical health and emotional wellbeing of all our staff and pupils. Wellbeing is at the forefront of the school’s PSHE programme and promoting good mental health is a priority.
We approach the welfare of our pupils in a positive way; all our staff reinforce the values and ethos of the school. We want our children to stay happy, feel secure and enjoy being in school in whatever activity they are taking part.
We aim to:
- To respect each child as an individual and to give each child the confidence and self-esteem to develop his or her talents to the full.
- To develop the whole child intellectually, morally, socially, spiritually and physically.
- To develop an effective three-way partnership between children, parents and school.
- To promote our children’s positive self-esteem we will encourage our children to think positively about themselves and to accept their own uniqueness.
- To provide opportunities for the children to feel valued and important by creating an awareness of the positive contribution they can make towards school and the community.
All our children should feel able to talk freely and openly to any member of staff if they have any worries or problems of any kind on a work or personal level. Staff always respond to children in an appropriate manner, offering advice, support, guidance and reassurance in conjunction with our other policies, including our Safeguarding Policy.
Our Family Worker, Kayleigh Fry, holds regular ‘drop in’ sessions for parents and is available to work and support parents with any issues at home, including sibling rivalry, school refusal and general behaviour. She can be contacted on 07741 830017 or email Kayleigh.Fry@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.
In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it. Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you're frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with.
This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.
- Wellbeing is about our thoughts, feelings, emotions and ability to react to life. A good sense of wellbeing is feeling ok and able to cope, even when life or situations are challenging.
- Sometimes our wellbeing is affected by things out of our control: illness, a stressful family situation or crisis.
- When our wellbeing is affected and we don’t feel able to cope, this can lead to mental health concerns: sadness, depression and unhelpful thoughts that can stop us from enjoying and coping with daily life.
Mental health Illness
- Sometimes, people are born with a mental health illness which affects them throughout their lives. They might have different ways of being supported and coping with their mental health illness; they might take a medicine or they might have a doctor or counsellor that they talk to, to help them cope and regain a sense of wellbeing. People with any illnesses, whether they affect our mental or physical health, deserve support, help and understanding.
Below there are links to helpful advice, websites and contacts. If you would like to see anything added to this site, or to speak more about wellbeing and mental health, please contact staff at school.