We are very passionate about promoting positive mental health and well-being here at Flimby Primary School. Evidence shows that mental health and well-being programmes in schools can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools can also lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying.
Each child benefits from whole class well-being sessions every day where they allow their minds to relax and find their happy place. We use a mix of approaches in school including yoga, mindfulness, healthy eating, exploring feelings and emotions and meditation which includes breathing techniques. The aim is to teach children the importance of understanding their feelings and emotions and how to deal with them. We give children the time to talk and reflect and provide them with tools to move towards a positive mind-set.
We have termly well-being assemblies to promote and support physical and mental health and well-being. Each class also has a worry box for children to easily request support from a trusted adult.
In school we have;
- A designated Mental Health Lead
- A team of staff trained as Youth Mental Health First Aiders
- A specialist well-being space
- ELSA trained staff
- A group of children trained as Mental Health Champions who work alongside staff at playtimes and lunchtimes to support the well-being of pupils. They also lead assemblies and workshops.
- A strong PSHE curriculum which links well with Mental Health and Well-being.
- An involvement in Mental Health awareness week.
- Children completing RISE assessments each term which supports the delivery of interventions.
- An employed school counsellor who works alongside specific children each term.
- Support and involvement with Mental Health Practitioners from Barnardo’s