Our Well-Being Matters
PROMOTING MENTAL WELL-BEING AT ST JOSEPH’S
Mental Health is very much in the news at the moment, and you may have heard about a government green paper, ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/transforming-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-provision-a-green-paper.
At St Joseph’s School we are committed to helping all our pupils and staff to improving and maintaining their mental health. During the last academic year, Mrs Hardie and Mrs Roxburgh attended excellent training with the children’s mental health charity Place2Be, and completed their Mental Health Champions Programme aimed at school leaders.
This helped us to identify some key areas of need, and we have used the knowledge and experience of the training to develop a whole-school approach to mental health, including the development of our policy: Behaviours for Learning and Well-Being. The St Joseph’s Learning Compass, which encourages all members of the school community to be Resilient, Reflective, Responsible and Resourceful has been a great success. We have also continued to work with colleagues from the other schools involved in the training to share expertise and experiences.
As a result of our work here at St Joseph’s, Mrs Hardie was recently invited to attend the Place2Be new ‘Centre of Excellence’ in London when it was officially opened by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge. She took part in a round table discussion, which included HRH, the founder of Place2Be, their Head of Learning, and other Mental Health Champions. The discussion centred on the training experience and the importance of developing sound mental health strategies in all schools.
Our work with Place2Be will be continuing into the future, and we are grateful to the charity for the training and support which have proven so valuable here at St Joseph’s.
If you would like to know more about the work of Place2Be you can visit their website: https://www.place2be.org.uk/
In addition, St Joseph’s benefits from a trained ELSA – an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant, who is able to support individuals and small groups with issues relating to self-esteem, managing emotions, and a variety of social and friendship skills.
One of our goals is also to provide information, support and sign-posting which will help our families at home to help develop and maintain good mental health for both children and adults.
Watch this space!