Our Wellbeing vision statement
At Merridale Primary School, we are committed to supporting the positive mental health and wellbeing of our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers).
We have a supportive and caring ethos and our approach is respectful and kind, where each individual and contribution is valued.
We endeavour to ensure that children are able to successfully manage times of change and stress and aim to ensure that they are supported to reach their potential or to access help when they need it.
We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.
At our school 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.
What is Wellbeing?
We see wellbeing in a broad sense which includes physical health and recognise that children’s emotional health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement.
What is ‘good’ emotional and mental health and wellbeing in our school?
• To be resilient, confident, adaptable and collaborative
• The ability to recognise, acknowledge and manage their feelings
• The ability to develop caring and concerns for others
• The ability to develop meaningful, positive and long-lasting relationships
• The ability to take responsibility for themselves and make practical decisions
• The knowledge of how to promote their own wellbeing
If you have any concerns around your child’s mental health or wellbeing please feel free to email us on email@example.com
Where to get information and support
For support on specific mental health needs
· Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk
· OCD UK www.ocduk.org
· Depression Alliance https://www.depressionalliance.org/
· Suicidal thoughts Prevention of young suicide UK – PAPYRUS: www.papyrus-uk.org
For general information and support
· www.youngminds.org.uk champions young people’s mental health and wellbeing
· www.mind.org.uk advice and support on mental health problems
· www.minded.org.uk (e-learning)
· www.time-to-change.org.uk tackles the stigma of mental health
· www.rethink.org challenges attitudes towards mental health
If you are concerned about the immediate safety of a child or adult, you can contact the Wolverhampton Safeguarding Team: https://www.wolverhamptonsafeguarding.org.uk/report-a-concern