Mental Health and Wellbeing
“Mental health is 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 is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” World Health Organisation, 2014.
At Corton Primary School and Nursery, we are passionate about enriching the lives of our learners. We have an inclusive ethos and treat all children as individuals, recognising the value and uniqueness of everyone. We believe all children have the right to be accepted, to achieve and be valued for the contribution they make. By working together, we promote positive mental health and are proactive in embedding a range of skills across the curriculum to equip children for life’s ups and downs; whilst ensuring those with social, emotional and mental health difficulties are recognised and supported.
At Corton Primary School and Nursery, we place the same importance on mental health as physical health; there is no health without mental health. We promote a culture of talking and listening; children and staff are encouraged to talk to one another, actively listen and seek support if needed.
Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champion is Mrs Cubitt. Her role is to champion mental health for the school community. Mrs Cubitt holds twice weekly wellbeing sessions during which children can practise mindfulness, meditation, benefit from a ‘listening ear’ and improve their emotional literacy. These sessions aim to equip our learners with the tools to enable them to cope with life’s challenges.
If your child finds it difficult to switch off, is worried, or feels overwhelmed, and they would like to chat to Mrs Cubitt, please let us know.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
Mindfulness and Meditation
Breathing exercises can help ease the stress and strain that can over whelm both the body and mind.
https://www.calm.com/schools/resources?day=30 - 30 day of Mindfulness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTN_MtV5TFw - Breathing Technique for children
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30VMIEmA114 - Grounding Technique
Place2Be Parenting Smart – This website features lots of practical tips and advice on how to support your child’s wellbeing and behaviour. It also has information on how to support your child through bereavement, sleep problems, body image, bullying and much more.
Young Minds - Parents Mental Health Support - (including access to helpline and webchat
This website features lots of practical advice and tips on supporting your child.
https://www.youngminds.org.uk/parent/ Helpline 0808 802 5544
Anna Freud – Advice and guidance for parents and carers.
BBC Bitesize – Parents' tips for supporting your child’s mental health
NHS Advice for Parents – Advice for parents with children experiencing mental health problems.
SHOUT - Feeling overwhelmed? Struggling to cope?
Text AFC to 85258 – This is a free and confidential 24/7 textline for parents and carers in need of support.