Mental Health

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Supporting Children’s and Families’ Well Being

Experiencing all different kinds of thoughts and feelings and having ups and downs is very normal for children and young people growing up.

Different problems and worries can impact on the enjoyment, happiness and confidence of children.

Problems and worries may pass quickly for some children and young people.  For others they can be greatly affected and may need extra help than their families and friends can give.

What do we do in school to help?

We listen to and observe our pupils all the time. If we notice a change we will ask either the child or parent if we can help.  We may have a relaxed chat with the pupil, spend some time playing or take them a walk around the field.  We will let them know we are proud of them for talking to us and that we are here to help.  We will share any concerns with parents.

If a parent needs help we will find a quiet space, make a drink and be ready to listen.  We could make adjustments in school, signpost to organisations that may be able to help and keep adults updated.

How does emotional well-being and mental health fit in to our curriculum?

Our PSHE curriculum covers lots of different subjects linked to well-being: find out more by looking at our PSHE curriculum page

Our daily collective worship time covers lots of different issues, we discuss lots of different subjects and link them with our values making sure our pupils feel safe and secure in their school community and therefore able to talk to key adults around them.

Who can help me or my child?

Please talk to your child’s class teacher or send them a message via Seesaw.

You can call or email Mrs Stephenson, our SENCO and senior mental health lead: l.stephenson@bdmat.org.uk.

You can catch Mrs Eley on the gate or call school to make an appointment with her. 

Where can I get more help?

You can visit https://cwrise.com/for-parents – Rise is a family of NHS-led services providing emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people in Coventry and Warwickshire.  Rise aims to build resilience and empower children and young people (as well as the adults in their lives) to know where to go for help and advice. It’s made up of a number of different services, each led by mental health specialists.

https://wellbeingforwarwickshire.org.uk/ – there’s a 24/7 helpline, one to one, peer support and more

The Dimensions tool – https://cwrise.com/dimensions-tool –  is a web-based app that will help you find wellbeing support in the Coventry and Warwickshire area that is specific to your needs or someone else’s needs. The tool will tell you about relevant advice, support and local interventions that may be helpful after you have answered a series of questions. The Dimensions tool is free to use and has been developed in conjunction with parents and carers, referrers and clinical staff.

https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/children-families – this site can point you to different services

The Family Information Service (FIS) supports families across Warwickshire with advice and information. You can get in touch with the team by emailing fis@warwickshire.gov.uk, calling 0800 408 1558 or finding support on www.warwickshire.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/

Help for children

There are lots of lovely free resources to help support emotions, feelings and self esteem at https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/

https://www.childline.org.uk/

https://www.youngminds.org.uk/ – suitable for older children

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