At Tow Law Millennium 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.
Miss Dobson is our wellbeing and mental health lead teacher. She also has a Mental Health First Aid qualification.
Mental Health Support Team (MHST)
We are pleased to share that we are now part of a Mental Health Support Team (MHST) which is attached to our Education Setting. The MHST offer early help to children and young people who are struggling with mild to moderate mental health difficulties such as anxiety and/or low mood. We have attached a leaflet that explains the role of the Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) within the team and the support they can offer.
As well as working directly with children and young people, the team offer advice and guidance to staff members, parents and other professionals.
If you feel your child would benefit from support from the MHST or you would like additional information about the team, please contact Miss Dobson (Mental Health Lead) or Mrs Jackson to discuss further.
Wellbeing Award for Schools
During the academic year 2020 – 2021, we are working towards the Wellbeing Award for Schools.
The award focuses on changing the long-term culture of the whole school. It will help us to deliver staff and pupil wellbeing, review our staff training, and revise our policies. The award will ensure that mental health and wellbeing sit at the heart of our school life.
With working towards this award, we:
- Show our commitment to promoting mental health as part of school life
- Improve the emotional wellbeing of staff and pupils
- Ensure mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support provided
- Offer provision and interventions that match the needs of our pupils and staff
- Engage the whole-school community in the importance of mental health awareness
- Capture the views of parents, pupils and teachers on mental health issues
For more information about the award, click this link.
I have collated some information to help families support children’s well-being in relation to the Coronavirus.
Wellbeing tips for families:
- Talk to your children, and answer their questions. Ask about what they have heard about the virus and the situation so that you can correct possible misconceptions and reassure them.
- Avoid being too immersed in media coverage. Be mindful of the amount of things you are reading and watching, including social media – as this may add to worry and anxiety. Consider a few updates every day from trusted sources.
- Remember that people react differently to significant events. Some people – adults and children – may feel worried, some excited, some nothing much at all. Be reassured that different reactions are normal and ok.
- If your child seems worried, it may be good to distract themselves with something that takes their mind off their worries. You might also want to set aside 10-15 minutes each day for them to talk about any worries, and to reassure them.
- Remember to keep things positive and give children hope. For example, tell children that now many people are working to make this better and that even though it is serious, everyone is doing their best to help people.
- Try to keep familiar routines. Well-known routines in everyday life provide security and stability.
- Do nice things together, and keep active. Make a plan and suggest some regular family times where you can play games, do some exercise together, or do other things that you know most of you like. Try to find a good balance between time together, and screen time.
- Keep in good contact with family and friends (via Facetime, Skype WhatsApp etc.; following nhs guidance on ‘social contact’). This will help children connect with others and know that others are thinking about them. It will also reassure them that others are well.
- As a parent you may be concerned yourself. Take care of yourself and make sure you have breaks, time to relax, and ask for help from others if you need it.
Some useful links:
Talking to children about Coronavirus
How to talk to your child about coronavirus, by Unicef:
Child-friendly explanation of Coronavirus for Primary age students:
Information video on Coronavirus for Primary age children (KS2), by Brainpop: