Wellbeing at The Haven School
“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)
At The Haven Primary School, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for every member of our school community; pupils, parents and staff members alike, as we understand nurturing our mental health and emotional wellbeing is as important as our physical health. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at those who need further support.
We provide information, advice and resources for our community wherever possible in order to equip them with the resilience, resources and tools to live healthy lives, both mentally and physically, and find additional support wherever necessary. In addition to promoting positive wellbeing, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health.
The Church of England vision for Education states that ‘nurturing the health and wellbeing of pupils is a key facet of holistic education for human flourishing. It should not be seen as a stand-alone item but as part of an embedded approach across the school’s ethos, linking with other aspects of health education, spiritual development, the wider school curriculum and the ethos and policies that underpin the school. Any whole-school approach needs to ensure good partnership with other agencies and health services.’
To support our aims, we are currently working towards achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS) to ensure wellbeing is embedded into every area of school our community.
In school, we are promoting the 5 Ways to Wellbeing to understand how to look after their own mental health and wellbeing. These ways are:
- To connect with others and create and maintain positive relationships with those around us.
- To be active which not only keeps us physically healthy but releases chemicals to negate negative emotions and reduce the symptoms of ill mental health.
- To keep learning, helping to increase self-esteem and encourages social interaction.
- To give and to participate in social and community life.
- To take notice and be present in life, helping to focus on the here and now.
For further information and support on the 5 ways to Wellbeing, please visit the following website: https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-yourself/five-ways-to-wellbeing/
If you have concerns regarding your child’s mental health or wellbeing, please discuss this with your child’s class teacher, Sharon Trathen, Jeannette Fuller or Jemma Langley (SENCo).
Online resources to support Mental Health and Wellbeing can be found on the following websites.
|Public Health England and the NHS||Mind|
|The Great Dream – Ten Keys to Happier Living||Five ways to wellbeing||Winston’s Wish||Harbour||Sussex Community counselling|
Supporting your child during the coronavirus outbreak.
Calming Activities, Mindfulness, Breathing, and More…
|GoNoodle||Childline Calm-Zone||Grounding and Calming||Just Breathe||150 Sensory Learning Ideas||100 positive things every kid needs to hear|
Apps for Wellbeing and Mental Health
|A list of apps compiled by Dorset Young Minds||Stop, Breathe and Think App||Smiling Mind App|
0800 11 11
0808 800 5000
0800 58 58 58
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
0808 2000 247
0344 411 1444
0808 802 0021
The Anna Freud Centre (AFC)
Text AFC to 85258
The government has produced a useful webpage listing sources of advice and support for keeping children safe. The guide includes information about:
- Protect children from domestic abuse
- Teenage relationship abuse
- Child sexual abuse and exploitation
- Sexual assault referral centres
- Crime, Criminal Exploitation and County Lines, violence and gangs
- Protect children from radicalisation
- Online child safety
- Mental health
Government Publication – Coronavirus Covid 19 – Keeping Children Safe from Abuse and Harm – Advice to Parents