Mental Health & Well-being

At St Wilfrid’s CE School, we know that our role is to ensure that children and staff are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to flourish, reach their potential or access help when they need it. We believe mental health to be of the same importance as physical health and recognise the need to support both our children and our staff with this. 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.

Over the course of their education, children spend over 7,800 hours at school.  With such a huge amount of time spent in the classroom, schools provide an ideal environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing and identifying early behaviour changes and signs of mental distress. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in the classroom can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives.  Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing 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.

If you have any questions or comments about how we support our school community with mental health and wellbeing then please contact Miss Gillian Maiden (SENDCo) or Mrs Jenna Melody (Health and Wellbeing Lead) via the school office on 0161 998 3663 or on the following email address: senco@thrive-stw.com 

What is Mental Health and Wellbeing?

To avoid ambiguity or confusion, as a school community we use the World Health Organisation’s definition of mental health and wellbeing “a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”.

Whole School Approach

We take a whole school approach to promoting positive mental health and ensuring the children are positive, resilient and able to deal with the stresses of the school day. We recognise the stigma behind talking about mental health and aim to create a school environment which is open and supportive with a positive culture where children and staff feel comfortable discussing a range of issues.

At St Wilfrid’s we strive for children and staff to: 

  • Feel confident in themselves and realise their own abilities
  • Cope with the stresses of everyday life
  • Work productively and being able to learn and achieve
  • Be able to express a range of emotions appropriately
  • Be able to make and maintain positive relationships with others and make a contribution to their community
  • Manage times of stress and be able to deal with change

Early Help Strategy

As part of our support for all children in school we have regular opportunities to consult with support services and health agencies through a multi-agency approach which sometimes includes completing the Early Help Form which supports families as well as children. 

Mrs Hellier is our 'Early Help Co-ordinator' and available to speak to at the school office.

PSHE (SCARF Curriculum) and Mental Health

PSHE (SCARF Curriculum) and Mental Health

At St Wilfrid’s CE, we teach PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) through a programme called SCARF. SCARF stands for Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship.

SCARF is a whole school approach which enables us to build on these essential foundations for our children from the Early Years (Nursery and Reception) all the way through to Year 6. We fundamentally believe that these foundations are crucial for children to achieve their best both academically and socially.

SCARF is a rigorous programme that not only incorporates the PSHE and RSHE curriculum, but also focuses on children’s mental health and wellbeing. The lessons provide children with opportunities to reflect on their personal lives and respond through discussion as well as personal thinking time to the impact their learning has on them. Children develop a deeper understanding through scenario-based approaches, where the children discuss the scenarios, reflect and respond to the decisions made by representatives in their scenarios. 

Spirituality and Mental Health

Spirituality and Mental Health

Spirituality enables our children to be happy, flourish and succeed and live life in all its fullness. At St Wilfrid's, spirituality extends beyond SMSC, Worship Time, RE and PHSE and the odd 'awe and wonder moment'. Spirituality influences all areas of our curriculum and provision to develop children's character and wider development. 

Connection with yourself ... 

  • Showing self-awareness,
  • Developing confidence,
  • Understanding a sense of worth,
  • Understanding and demonstrating values and beliefs,
  • Being aware and learning to manage feelings.

Such as ...

  • Listening to your favourite music.
  • Mindfulness or Yoga to be present in the moment.
  • Writing down what makes you happy.
  • Taking time to be thankful and writing this down.

Hamish and Milo

Hamish and Milo

Hamish and Milo is an intervention programme available to children at St Wilfrid’s who require support with Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The programme consists of ten different packs on key emotional themes; friendship, resilience, anxiety, diversity, strong emotions and anger, change and transition, conflict resolution, loss and bereavement, sadness and self-esteem to support children’s emotional development.

Mental Health Awareness Days

At St Wilfrid’s, we are passionate about raising awareness of Mental Health and Wellbeing and do this through awareness days.

We take part in: 

  • World Mental Health Day – October
  • World Kindness Day – November
  • Children’s Mental Health Week – February
  • Mental Health Awareness Week – May
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