AT WESTBURY PARK
At Westbury Park 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 we recognise that 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.
OUR WELLBEING LEAD
At Westbury Park we...
help children understand their emotions and feelings better;
help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
help children socially form and maintain relationships;
promote self esteem and ensure children know they count;
encourage children to be confident and 'dare to be different';
help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks.
At Westbury Park we offer different levels of support...
Universal support for all
To meet the needs of all pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum.
School Based Additional support
For those who may have short term needs.
For pupils who need differentiated support, specific targeted interventions such as 1:1 ELSA support or referrals to other professionals. You can see examples of this here in our Graduated Response to Social and Emotional Needs.
5 WAYS TO WELLBEING
Wellbeing is about our thoughts, feelings and emotions and our ability to adapt to life. A good sense of wellbeing is feeling ok and able to cope, even when life or situations are challenging. There are some simple ways to manage your own feelings with the 5 ways to wellbeing.
As part of our support for children’s wellbeing, we have Peer Mentors in the playground at lunchtimes. Peer support is an excellent strategy for schools and organisations to create a positive environment where children and young people are encouraged to look out for one another. Problems can be counteracted quickly as there are extra eyes and ears around for our young people allowing another avenue for support. We know from much research around the world that young people often prefer to tell someone their own age about sensitive issues and it is also a valuable experience for the peer supporters themselves, acquiring life skills that are much desired in the working world.
Apps/Tools for children and young people
Problem-solving tool aimed at students.
An app to help young people through the ups and downs of life; it suggests activities to help based on how you rank your mood.
Mindshift Specifically for young people to help them manage their anxiety. There are lots of tools, techniques and advice.
An app as well as an online resource which helps children and young people monitor and understand their emotional wellbeing.
Games that have been clinically proven to reduce stress.
Guide to meditation which recommends certain meditations based on how you’re feeling.
General mental health advice and support
Online counselling and support for children and young people.
National mental health charity providing information and advice.
The Mix -
Mental health information and support for the under-25s.
Online resource for families and young people up to the age of 24 listing local mental health services in their area.
Happy Maps is an award winning charity developed by healthcare professionals with help from parents and young people. We've pooled what we think are some of the best mental health resources for parents, carers and young people, all in one place. Most of these are relevant to you, wherever you live in the UK.
Our trained volunteers are there for you 24/7 to listen and support you to get a calmer and safe place. Shout is a free, confidential and anonymous service for anyone in the UK. It won't appear on your phone bill. To start a conversation text 'SHOUT' to 85258. If your life is at imminent risk, call the emergency services on 999.