Mental Health at Scartho Infants’ School and Nursery
At Scartho Infants’ School and Nursery we endeavour to nurture a positive ethos and culture where everyone feels they belong, working with and alongside families and making sure that the school community is welcoming, inclusive and respectful.
We want to give pupils the information that they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing and see that both physical health and mental wellbeing are interlinked. It is important that pupils understand that good physical health contributes to good mental wellbeing and vice versa.
‘There is no health without mental health’
We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Being mentally healthy means that we feel good about ourselves, make and keep positive relationships with others and can feel and manage the full range of emotions.
These can range from happiness, excitement and curiosity through to less comfortable feelings such as anger, fear or sadness.
Good mental health allows us to cope with life's ups and downs, to feel in control of our lives and to ask for help from others when we need support.
Mental health and mental illness are part of a 'spectrum', just as physical health and illness are. Throughout our lives, many different things can lead us to move up and down the spectrum such as the start or end of relationships, moving house or school, getting a new job or being made redundant, changes in physical health and good news or worries about those we are close to.
Often, life events that are outside our control can damage our mental health, and this is made worse if we feel powerless to do anything about them.
One of the ways we can re-gain a sense of control and nourish our mental health is to remember 'the five ways to wellbeing' which have been found in research to improve mental wellbeing in children and adults and is a way in which we approach promoting mental health and wellbeing in our school.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing
Please click on the link below for useful information to support mental health and wellbeing.
50 Ways to Take a Break and RAIN four-step mindfulness process.
Thank you parents for all that you are doing right now; many of you juggling jobs, home schooling, parenting and trying to ‘get through’ as the lockdown continues. Maybe you could try one of the ways in this poster when you need to take a break. We are thinking about you all and the children. Please take care.
Quote of the Week
We know how important mental well-being is and for this reason we have introduced a ‘Quote of the Week’ which is in a prominent position in school so all the children and staff can see it. The staff discuss its meaning with the children and the children discuss it amongst themselves as they pass by. Maybe you could talk about the quote at home too.
Please click on the link below for links to previous Quotes of the Week.
We know that bullying is a significant concern for parents and children. Bullying can negatively affect children’s mental health in a number of ways, including causing depression and anxiety, and schools have a very important role to play in tackling it.
16th - 20th November 2020 is Anti-bullying week and this will be acknowledged in school in a variety of ways but we would wish parents to know that the promotion of relationships, empathy and our children's wellbeing is paramount to our school's ethos at all times.
Sharing and friends was a focus for children in Class 5 and 6 in Anti-bullying week. They enjoyed singing along to Andy and the Odd Socks, they made friendship bracelets and painted each other friendship pictures.
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