MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Understanding and responding to our Mental Health and Well-being needs is something we believe in passionately here at Old Clee Primary Academy. We aim to take away the stigma and negativity around Mental Health and help our staff, pupils and families to talk openly.
At Old Clee, we recognise that good mental health is as important as good physical health. Our pupils are taught self-care techniques, including recognising and managing emotions, exercise, relaxation and how to build relationships through a rich and varied curriculum. We teach our children how they can help others with their mental health in age appropriate ways.
As an academy, we use the DfE's guidance, Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools, as a guide and work to their ideals:
Prevention: creating a safe and calm environment where mental health problems are less likely, improving the mental health and well-being of the whole school population, and equipping pupils to be resilient so that they can manage the normal stress of life effectively. This will include teaching pupils about mental well-being through the curriculum and reinforcing this teaching through school activities and ethos.
Identification: recognising emerging issues as early and accurately as possible.
Early support: helping pupils to access evidence based early support and interventions.
Access to specialist support: working effectively with external agencies to provide swift access or referrals to specialist support and treatment.
HOW DO WE SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH AT OLD CLEE PRIMARY ACADEMY?
Working with Parents
HOW CAN I GET HELP FOR MY CHILD?
If you are worried your child may be experiencing mental health issues, please talk to your child's class teacher, Mrs Hazlewood, Mrs Wilding, Miss Webster or Miss Dobbs. The following flow chart shows you some of the ways you can access support and what that might look like.
Though our staff are trained to offer support at school level, we cannot act as mental health experts and we do not try to diagnose conditions. We have clear systems and processes in place for identifying possible mental health concerns, including routes to escalate concerns and clear referral and accountability systems. We endeavour to create a safe and calm educational environment and strengthen resilience before serious mental health problems occur.