Senior Mental Health Lead: Miss Furlong
Wellbeing Champion: Mrs Scott
Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Holmes, Miss McKenzie, Mrs Scott and Mrs Morson
Inclusion Manager: Mrs Atkinson
At St Patrick's Catholic Primary Academy, we believe in working together with our families to provide the best care for all of our children. This can mean offering care and Wellbeing support to those children who are affected by a Mental Health issue, including anxiety and low self-esteem.
This can be very worrying for families and we have gathered together some resources we hope will help. Please speak to your child's class teacher in the first instance if you need any further help or support.
Within school, we are supported by Kirklees Keep in Mind who provide information and training opportunities for children, carers and staff. Some of the opportunities that they have helped us with include:
- Monthly coffee meetings for parents who may need support
- Training for Wellbeing Champions; a group of children who help others on the playground and encourage positive mental health choices.
- Workshops in school topics such as anxiety, transition to high school and self care.
- Training for staff in school, amongst other topics, on resilience, emotion coaching and positive psychology.
Health for Kids is a fantastic resource for health-related subjects for children aged 4-11 years. It includes exciting activities, games and advice on everything from staying healthy to managing feelings.
CAMHS are the NHS services that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.
CAMHS support covers depression, problems with food, self-harm, anger and anxiety, to name a few.
There are local NHS CAMHS services around the UK, with teams made up of nurses, therapists, pyschologists, support workers and social workers, as well as other professionals.
We all have feelings - they are part of everyone. We feel different things at different times depending on what happens to us.
BBC Bitesize has a great page designed to help children understand their feelings, and how to manage them.
We hope you can always talk to your parents, teachers or trusted adults if something s worrying you, but if you need to ask for help or advice on your own, Childline can be a good place to start.
Did you know that you can talk to someone online or over the phone - it is quick, easy and confidential.
Childline Kids is a special site for under 12s and has advice on anything from family and relationships to school worries, self-esteem and bullying. It also features games and videos providing a fun and reassuring, safe space for children online.
Mental illness and thoughts of harm can affect anyone, of any age, of any background, at any time. Like with physical illnesses, people don’t choose to have a mental health problem.
It can be difficult to know if a child is suffering as they often keep it to themselves. The NSPCC can offer advice on how best to support your child.
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