Mental Health and Well-Being
SUPPORTING CHILDREN'S WELLBEING AND MENTAL HEALTH
At St Mary's school, we are always looking at how we can support children's physical health and emotional wellbeing.
- try to develop a growth mindset approach to everything we do
- encourage pupils to make healthy choices
- make sure there is a full and balanced curriculum and a variety of extra-curricular activities.
- take every opportunity to enjoy and learn outside, offsite or in other spaces
- work with other agencies and experts to develop our understanding and skills – and to help us help you
The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.
Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include:
- being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise
- keep learning by trying something new or rediscover an old interest
- taking part in local activities for young people and do something good for the community
- communicate with people around you
Other factors are also important, including:
- feeling loved, trusted, understood, valued and safe
- being interested in life and having opportunities to enjoy themselves
- being hopeful and optimistic
- being able to learn and having opportunities to succeed
- accepting who they are and recognising what they are good at
- having a sense of belonging in their family, school and community
- feeling they have some control over their own life
- having the strength to cope when something is wrong (resilience) and the ability to solve problems.