Children’s Mental Health Week
At present, a number of our academic staff have been working hard to achieve their Level 2 certificate in ‘Understanding Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health.’ This is a very important qualification and one that will equip our staff with the skills to help children deal with a variety of issues.
We also explore the topic of mental health as part of the PSHE curriculum throughout the school, and tutors continue to work through any issues with their tutees on a regular basis. These sessions take many forms, from personal chats to whole class assemblies. We find that these interactions are vital in helping our pupils build their self-confidence and boost their self-esteem.
Tutor groups may also look at the stresses of exams and revision, along with the expectations of everyday school work. Years 7 and 8 in particular look at how, if uncontrolled, everyday worries have the potential to become more serious conditions. There is a lot of information that can be accessed on this subject from the charity MIND.
PSHE teacher, David Hands, says: “It is becoming more apparent in society that, as humans, we are struggling with our mental health at many levels. It is important that we develop a strong sense of self, that we build up resilience and well-being to be able to cope with what life throws at us.”
He added: “Our mental health can change throughout our lives as we work through changes in our family, sexuality, employment and friendships. Our job as teachers is to help young people cope with these changes, by building in a strong sense of well-being, and teaching strategies for coping mechanisms to help them deal with the trauma and stress which is inevitable in our modern lives.”
As this week is Children’s Mental Health Week, we’re pleased to be highlighting what we are, and have been doing as a school to help ensure the happiness and well-being of our pupils and staff.
Published on: Thursday, February 7, 2019