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Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing What is it? Good Mental Health is a sense of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem. It enables us to fully enjoy and appreciate other people, day to day life and our environment. When we are mentally healthy we can: • Form positive and maintain stable rewarding relationships • Use our abilities to reach our potential • Deal with life’s challenges • Work productively and are able to contribute to our community
Facts About Mental Health One in every four people suffer with some form of mental health condition On average 3 children in every class have a diagnosable mental health condition 75% of those with a mental health condition start to develop it before the age of 18 7 in 10 young people with a mental health problem haven’t had sufficient help at an early age
FACTORS IMPACTING ON YOUNG PEOPLE’S EMOTIONAL WELLBEING To be able to provide relevant information and support, it’s vital that staff, parents and students understand the pressures that young people are currently under. In a survey about young people’s mental health issues it was found that the following issues were the key factors causing concern to school-aged children. Fear of failure Children and young people are expressing fear of failure at increasingly younger ages. Many schools report an increase in emotional wellbeing issues when they take secondary school entrance exams or GCSEs. High expectations are often internally driven by pupils themselves. Bullying is a key trigger for mental health and emotional wellbeing issues, as well as being a key maintaining factor (that is to say that young people who are attempting to overcome difficulties find it far harder to do so in a context of teasing and bullying). Bullying can be both face-to-face or online – and in many cases both. It’s important to understand that sometimes what is meant in good humour or jest is very easily misinterpreted or can escalate rapidly, causing distress and emotional pain to vulnerable pupils.
Body image is a real concern amongst all young people – not just young women as is often believed – and low selfesteem and poor body image are a leading cause of pupils opting out of extracurricular activities or failing to engage in class. The pressure to look a certain way or weigh a certain amount is felt keenly by many pupils, regardless of their gender, and these pressures can contribute to the development of eating disordered behaviour as well as a range of other emotionally and physically harmful responses. The online environment In 2017, pupils see little or virtually no division between the online and offline world. They may have many friends who they know purely in an online context and they do not see this as problematic or unusual. Potential dangers to pupils online include online abuse and grooming, cyberbullying and becoming involved in dangerous communities which advocate harmful behaviours.
Exam Stress https: //www. youtube. com/watch? v=A_Cl. IHwpuy. E&safe=active Supporting children with anxiety https: //www. youtube. com/watch? v=Vb. MUMFxjv 40&safe=active Managing stress https: //www. childline. org. uk/toolbox/videos/managing-stressanxiety/
Possible warning signs of stress include: Physical signs of harm that are repeated or appear non-accidental Changes in eating or sleeping habits Increased isolation from friends or family, becoming socially withdrawn Changes in activity and mood Lowering of academic achievement Talking or joking about self-harm or suicide Abusing drugs or alcohol Expressing feelings of failure, uselessness or loss of hope Changes in clothing – e. g. long sleeves in warm weather Secretive behaviour Skipping PE or getting changed secretively Lateness to or absence from school Repeated physical pain or nausea with no evident cause An increase in lateness or absenteeism https: //www. youtube. com/watch? v=FB 49 Aez. FJxs&safe=active
Painsley Catholic College Student Concern Procedure Mrs Sowter (Lay Chaplain) Student has concern / worry Emmaus Tutor / subject Teacher Mrs Barlow (Education Welfare Worker) Head of Year / Pastoral Lead Mr Bullock (Safeguard Lead) / Mrs C Harris / Ms C Oberman (Deputy Safeguard Lead)
What does Painsley currently do to support mental and emotional wellbeing Mental health and wellbeing forms part of the overall school development plan to improve the school experience for all students. ¨ The college lives the mission statement “In our College we value and respect every person as a child of God, as we grow in together in faith, knowledge, understanding and love to serve the community. ” ¨ Anti-bullying reps and ambassadors are appointed to work towards stopping bullying. ¨ Anti-bullying safe rooms available. ¨ Students see Emmaus Tutors every morning and have the opportunity to discuss any concerns. Pastoral leads and Emmaus tutors meet every Thursday to discuss students wellbeing and attendance. ¨ A Pastoral Lead looks after a small number of students, and students have the opportunity to discuss any concerns with them. ¨ The College has a school counsellor that students can talk to. ¨ The College has a Lay Chaplain (Mrs Sowter) who students can talk to. ¨ The College has an Education Welfare Worker (Mrs Barlow) who students can talk to. ¨ Students complete questionnaires about whether they feel safe and have someone they can talk to. ¨ The school has a Safeguarding Lead (Mr Bullock) and two Deputy Safeguard Leads (Mrs Harris and Ms Oberman) who students can talk to. ¨
The school has a School Council and student voice time in Emmaus to discuss issues and concerns that the School Council can bring to a meeting with a member of the Leadership Group. ¨ There is a flow diagram for support shown during Emmaus time. ¨ The College has a Mental Health Policy and action plan. ¨ The College has a Safeguarding Policy. ¨ The College has an Anti-Bullying Policy. ¨ All staff have training to ensure that they understand the signs of students suffering from mental health issues. ¨ Key topics to promote wellbeing are covered in Emmaus time and citizenship time including Child Sexual Exploitation, antibullying, radicalisation, social skills, friendship groups, e-safety, body image, drugs and alcohol, bereavement (Dove counselling), positive thinking, mindfullness, resilience etc ¨ Mental health organisations work with students inside and outside of school, eg. Changes, Younger Minds, CAMHS etc. These are detailed on the back page of this booklet. ¨ The school refers students to the school nurse for extra support and may complete an Early Help Assessment for any concerns that may need another organisation involved ¨
The college has set up a change team to improve wellbeing across the college community. ¨ The college has appointed wellbeing ambassadors students and staff. ¨ Display around the college encourages students to talk about their wellbeing and gives key contacts if they need support. ¨ The college now has 3 members of staff that are mental health first aiders. ¨ All year groups have had an act of worship led by the wellbeing lead on positive wellbeing. ¨ T 3 are regularly in college with a drop in stall and seeing students that have been referred. ¨ Changes organisation has done a 6 week boy and girl group counselling session. ¨ The college has a KS 3, KS 4 and KS 5 wellbeing evening planned. ¨ Half-termly wellbeing newsletter is emailed out to parents with information on mental health and key contacts. ¨ There is a wellbeing link on the website giving information for parents and students. ¨ There is a wellbeing email address on the college website for any student to contact if they have any wellbeing concerns. ¨ The wellbeing lead has a meeting with the Staffordshire wellbeing board to discuss what further the local county can provide for schools with regard to wellbeing. ¨
Painsley will have covered the following topic areas this year in Citizenship and Emmaus time in the PSHE curriculum relating to emotional and mental wellbeing: Year 7 Year 10 E-safety Body Image Drugs and Alcohol Radicalisation Mindfulness Resilience Anti-bullying Radicalisation Year 8 Loss and bereavement Child Sexual Exploitation Radicalisation Emotional and mental wellbeing Year 9 E-safety and CSE Positive thinking Anti-bullying Radicalisation Year 11 Anti-bullying Radicalisation Dealing with exam stress
WAS award link to College Mission Statement The college values everybody’s right to support for mental and emotional wellbeing The college provides opportunities through our faith to discuss issues and concerns for other students mental health and emotional wellbeing The college respects and supports all students, staff and parents views on mental and emotional wellbeing The college seeks the views of the stakeholders and puts support in place to help the whole college community “In our College we value and respect every person as a child of God, as we grow together in faith, knowledge, understanding and love to serve the community. ” The college ensures all students have knowledge and understanding of how to gain positive mental health and wellbeing and the signs and symptoms of poor mental health and wellbeing Students have the knowledge of where to gain support to improve their mental health and wellbeing or to tackle poor mental health and wellbeing
The Mental Health First Aid Plan The Five Basic Steps Approach the person, assess and assist with any crisis Listen and communicate non-judgementally Give support and information Encourage the young person to get appropriate professional help Encourage other support
Approach / Assess / Assist If you are concerned that a young person you know may be suffering with a mental health illness it is important to discuss it with them. Monitor the person closely. Listen and communicate non-judgementally Ask them to talk about their problems. Be patient, respond calmly, avoid making judgements. Don’t make them feel guilty, take them seriously, don’t panic or act shocked. Give support and information Help the young person to realise that: There are usually emotional issues that underlie their thoughts. There are effective treatments and support. With treatment they will feel better and learn coping strategies. Encourage the young person to get appropriate help.
Encourage the young person to get appropriate help GP Psychologists and counsellors Psychiatrists CAMHS If the young person displays thoughts of suicide they should be seen at A and E Encourage other supports Support from family and friends (positive reinforcement and praise) Local support groups CBT self-help books / websites / apps Exercising / eating healthy Mood diary
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Thank you for your attendance. Together we can work to improve the wellbeing of all across the college community If you wish to talk to me or your son / daughter’s Pastoral Lead then they will be available around the hall. Thank you again and have a safe journey home.