At Pope Paul Catholic Primary School, we recognise the importance of Mental Health and Wellbeing and are committed to promoting a healthy body and mind with all of our school community. We want to continue to focus on ensuring that effective practice and provision is in place which promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff, pupils and all members of our school community.
We endeavour to develop these practices where necessary and ensure that wellbeing continues to be embedded in the long-term culture of our school. We wish to create an ethos at Pope Paul where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
Over the course of their education, children spend over 7,800 hours at school. With such a huge amount of time spent in the classroom, schools provide an ideal environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing and identifying early behaviour changes and signs of mental distress. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in the classroom can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives.
The last year has been very challenging especially if you are a parent. It is normal and entirely understandable if you’re feeling overwhelmed frustrated, worried or exhausted. You might be finding it harder than ever at the moment to know how to best look after your child’s mental health and wellbeing, as well as your own. If you are struggling, you are not alone. Here are some resources that can really help. Please click on the picture link to access the resources.
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Wellbeing put into practice
Putting the five ways to wellbeing into practice is easy – and you may already be doing these without even knowing it.
Take time to talk about feelings and listen.
Share mealtimes to talk about their day.
Find activities you can enjoy together as a family.
2. Be Active
Go for a walk, run, skip, cycle, dance – whatever they may enjoy, indoors or outdoors.
Exercise is a mood booster and a great way to feel good.
3. Take Notice
Take them out to a park, woods, or even a different part of the town so they can enjoy a varied environment.
Encourage them to notice how they are feeling and how they can process their emotions in a positive way.
4. Keep Learning
Learning isn’t just for school. Encourage them to read ‘just for fun’.
Pass on skills like cooking, sewing, model making, photography and DIY so they know that learning can be fun.
Help them to be kind, share and show interest in others.
Encourage them to do something nice for a friend, family member or charity.
These monthly calendars are packed with actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world. Always ask an adult to help when doing these activities. If you require these calendars in different languages, please click here and select the calendar you require.
Active April Click here
Mindful March Calendar Click here
Friendly February Calendar Click here
Happy January Calendar 2021 Click here
Seven Ways to Support Children and Young People Who Are Worried
Clinicians at the Anna Freud Centre have developed seven ways that we consider to be best practice in responding to children and young people’s fears.
Please select from the resources below.
Please select from the resources below.
The Squiggle Game The Squiggle Game – Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 – YouTube
How to make a sensory bottle https://youtu.be/D7zp7KbxbKY
Continuous line drawing https://youtu.be/xWhXbBaCfxw
Positive Doodling https://youtu.be/fSTpxG70C8g
Six creative ideas with stones https://youtu.be/TW9vXkt7rMg
Mandela stone painting https://youtu.be/dWxyUqfWYfs
Mindfulness art https://youtu.be/sBHF-ETvSBY
How to make homemade playdough https://youtu.be/jv73CEzY1jg
Kids breathing hand exercises https://youtu.be/S4zsL-WXuFM
If you would like any further advice or support from school, please speak to a member of staff.
Please see below for mental health & well-being information, signposting to local services and advice for parents. The link is embedded in the image also.