Supporting Mental Health and wellbeing
Mental Health and Wellbeing Vision Statement:
We’re BELIEVERS – courageous, compassionate, respectful and friendly
Shrek (2001) – I’m a Believer
At Great Paxton CE Primary School, we are committed to supporting the mental and emotional wellbeing of our pupils, staff, parents and governors. Together, we define mental health as having a positive healthy mind, which includes our feelings, thoughts, emotions and moods.
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 Organization 2018)
We recognise how important our mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as our physical health. We know that this changes and that we all need to work and spend time on our mental health and wellbeing.
As a Church of England School, we promote the whole child and every adult, which is linked to the Church of England’s vision of July 2016: “life in all its fullness” (John 10:10).
Children and staff have recognised the skills and attributes for a positive healthy mind and wellbeing coinciding with our Church vision and our four core Christian Values, through pupil and staff voice (2023). On a daily basis, these are embedded in each classroom and across our school community.
Courage/Endurance and self-sacrifice
School motto = Believe in yourself and each other
For "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13
Useful Websites for Improving and Supporting Mental Health:
Provides information and advice on child mental health issue and a Parents'Helpline:0800 802 55
Help and information about depression; depression symptoms and self help groups.
Information line: 0845 123 23 20
RCPSYCH (Royal College of Psychiatrist):
Gives you information about depression, a leaflet. Suitable for both parents and children.
Kooth is a free online service that offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people. Suitable for 11-19 year olds. There is also an online guided self-help for children. There is access to a bank of online counsellors, 6-8 free sessions.
MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults.
Talk to them any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. Children can call too. They are there to help and listen.