mental and emotional wellbeing
Just as people's bodies can become unwell, people's minds can become unwell too. Mental health problems are more common than you think - three children in every classroom have a mental health problem.
At Haydonleigh, we always aim not just to educate your children but also to care for and nurture them.
Having positive Mental Health is the ability to face life challenges with confidence, to manage them effectively, be responsive to the emotions of one’s self and others and learn from these experiences. We promote positive mental health to create an environment that supports the development and maintenance of mental health by helping children to feel good about themselves, to enjoy relationships, to learn confidently and to see their difficulties within a range of life experiences.
School staff have received training to support the emotional well-being of children such as attachment awareness.
Mental health difficulties can be extremely hard to talk about but there is a lot of support available.
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 responds to children in an appropriate manner, offering advice, support, guidance and reassurance in conjunction with our other policies, including our Safeguarding Policy.
We are lucky enough to have Project Me, a Mental Health service sponsored by Banardos, who support our children and families at Haydonleigh. They have supported us in training Peer Mentors within our school so that we can offer peer4peer support. In addition, they offer support to children and families in a range of ways, including parent workshops so keep an eye out in our newsletters about up and coming workshops.
Children can feel anxious about different things at different ages. Many of these worries are a normal part of growing up such as separation anxiety to phobias. These fears usually go away gradually on their own. Anxiety becomes a problem for children when it starts to get in the way of their everyday life. The following videos give more information on what anxiety is and how to support them at home.
What is Anxiety- https://youtu.be/M_ShkOOEgAc
Strategies to support anxiety at home- https://youtu.be/Obdg62KdanA
Lots of young children find it difficult to settle down to sleep and will wake up during the night.
For some people, this might not be a problem. But if you or your child are suffering from a lack of sleep, there are some simple techniques you can try.
Every child is different, so only do what you feel comfortable with and what you think will suit your child
The video below explains the importance of the right amount of sleep and sleep hygiene.
Sleep Hygiene- https://youtu.be/ogzfT6UakMs
For more information from the Sleep Charity, please read the following link about 'Relaxation at Bedtime'.
Parents and carers can get help and advice about children's mental health from Young Minds' free parent helpline on 0808 802 5544, from Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm.
If you are worried about your child's mental health you can talk about this in confidence to a member of the school staff. We can make a referral to CAHMS (Children and Adults Mental Health Services). Alternatively, you can contact your GP who can make a referral to the Community CAHMS Consultation Service.
Below are some links to key organisations offering professional and confidential help: