Health & Well-Being
At St Thomas More Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone can experience challenges that can make us vulnerable and sometimes, anyone may need emotional support. We work as a school community to achieve support positive mental health and we all have a role to play to achieve this.
As a school, we promote a mentally healthy environment through:
We offer different levels of support:
Additional support - For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
Targeted support - For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups.
What do we do in school to support our pupils’ wellbeing?
Some useful resources that you could use at home to support your child’s mental health are below:
Advice for parents and carers: talking mental health with young people at primary school
This leaflet, which was created alongside the Talking Mental Health Animation & Toolkit, features an introduction from our Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge who supported the You're never too young to talk mental health campaign stating the campaign's resources "demonstrate how we can help children express their feelings, respond appropriately, and prevent small problems from snowballing into bigger ones."
Dealing with anxiety - The-Expert-Guide-To-Help-Your-Child-With-Anxiety
Young minds parents’ survival guide - Parents-Survival-Guide
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families - Annafreud.org/parents/
Public Health England How Healthy Behaviour Supports Children's Wellbeing
Mental Health Parent Leaflet Anna Freud Centre
The Anxious Child Booklet for Parents
Worry Doll Instructions
You need to know guide for parents
10 key areas to happier living poster
Relaxation tips for bedtime
Sleep and Diet Parent Leaflet
Bedtime routine for Parents
Mindfulness Booklet A brief guide
Schools Information Pack - Bereavement
Young Minds Publications offers information on a variety of mental health issues from school problems to mental illness in families. Youngminds.org.uk/shop/publications/
Young Minds Parents Guide To Support A-Z gives you advice on how to help your child with specific mental health conditions, and life events which might be negatively affecting their wellbeing.They also show you where you can get help: Youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/
Mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/- Quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.
Feelings tracker: Tracking My Feelings
Anxiety thermometer: Anxiety Thermometer
Mindfulness calendar: Mindfulness Calendar Daily 5 Minute Activities
Parent’s Guide to Childhood Anxiety - Knowing the symptoms, how to talk to and support your child with anxiety: The-expert-guide-to-help-your-child-with-anxiety
Supporting pupils’ emotional wellbeing and mental health, so that they can be listened to, are happy together and ready to learn is vitally important to us. Therefore, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
CAMHS is the name for the NHS services that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.
For more information, visit the websites below:-
CAMHS also have some excellent resources for parents: