Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (World Health Organization)
At St Saviour’s C of E Academy, we are committed to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing for every child and every member of staff. We do this in a variety of different ways these include
- PSHE lessons happen on a weekly basis. In these lessons, mental health and well-being are at the forefront of the children’s learning.
- All our staff recognise the importance of listening to each and every child and their worries/concerns. They can then support them to find a solution/ point them in the right direction for support.
- We invite in charities and companies (NSPCC for example) to promote positive mental health.
- We run regular assemblies for the children to promote positive mental health and to remind them of the support that is available at the academy.
- We are part of The Children and Young People’s mental Health Trailblazer pilot which is being implemented across North Staffordshire.
- We use the 'My Happy Mind' programme and Kapow, to help create a positive mental wellbeing culture in which children build resilience, self-esteem, and character..
Mental Health Trailblazer
As you will be aware there has been an increase in children and young people experiencing an impact on mental health and wellbeing especially related to returning to school on the 8th March which will probably bring a mixture of emotions. North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare (NSCHT) are pleased to share with you their on-line wellbeing portal designed for children, young people, their parents/carers and professionals’ to access to self-help materials; guidance as well as access to a referral form to be able to refer into the Children and adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
The aim of this online resource is to deliver a future where young people and their families are empowered to use technology to revolutionise their care. The goal is to remodel the referral and assessment functions within our CYP service by increasing the proportion of children with the ability to self-care and self-refer into services. This self-referral approach improves recovery, and enables a person to seek prompt treatment at an early stage, and it also reduces the likelihood of lower degree problems becoming more severe. We see this as a transformation from traditional clinician referrals to a self-empowered model where children, families and professionals are able to access advice, materials and appropriate support.