@ Westbury Park School
As a school, we take mental health and wellbeing very seriously. We are currently working towards the BIG award, which will demonstrate how anti-bullying, wellbeing and mental health in our pupils, staff and parents are at the forefront of our school’s vision of leading a mentally healthy 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.
At our school we:
help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
help children socially to form and maintain relationships
promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different'
help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
Wellbeing is about our thoughts, feelings, emotions and ability to react 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 help yourself manage your own wellbeing day to day in the form of
‘five 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.
Young people have to be together in schools and other organisations. Some young people are very confident and have no problems at all but for others, there can be some difficult hurdles to overcome. Often a problem may be solved by a peer supporter, but some problems will need more adult input. If your child feels they are experiencing bullying within school, you can report this either by seeing your child’s class teacher or by using the school email address: firstname.lastname@example.org This will be checked daily, and in most cases forwarded to your child’s class teacher in the first instance, as per our anti-bullying policy. A copy of the school anti-bullying policy can be found here.
Support and Resources
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:
Kooth - Online counselling and support for children and young people.
Mind - National mental health charity providing information and advice.
The Mix - Mental health information and support for the under-25s.
The Youth Wellbeing Directory - Online resource for families and young people up to the age of 24 listing local mental health services in their area.
Bullying UK - Advice and support for dealing with bullying.
RespectMe - Scotland's anti-bullying service working with adults involved in the lives of children and young people to give them the practical skills and confidence to deal with children who are bullied and those who bully others.
Top Tips for Preventing Cyberbullying - This is a free resource that brings attention to cyberbullying and how to prevent it from happening.