At Sound & District Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better,
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries,
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships,
- promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count,
- encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’,
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks.
We offer 3 different, flexible levels of support:
Universal Support-To meet the needs of all of our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.
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 or personal mentors.
Our Mental Health Lead Staff:
We are incredibly lucky to have 2 Mental Health First Aiders in school: Mrs Booth and Mrs Huntbach.
Their primary role is to help to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and to guide those individuals to appropriate support. As a school, we feel that by embedding MHFA into our culture and community that this encourages people to talk more freely about mental health, reducing stigma and creating a more positive and supportive culture. In turn, we hope that this will help our pupils and school community to thrive and become more emotionally literate.
In addition, our Canine Assisted Wellbeing Dog – Padme plays a key role in supporting the wellbeing of both staff and pupils. She is instrumental in decreasing stress and anxiety; has improved social interactions (helping to develop better communication and emotional skills); has helped pupils to understand empathy and build self-esteem and self-confidence and has helped us to re-build our strong family ethos following the Coronavirus pandemic.
Links to support you and your family:
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Please remember that we are always here ready to listen. Sound is one BIG family and the most important thing is that we all look after each other!
Mental Health & Wellbeing is at the centre of everything we do at Sound:
(Have a look at some of the wonderful ways we look after ourselves and others…)