“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 2014)
At Folly Hill, we recognise that most people will experience mental health difficulties at some point in their life. We have an inclusive ethos, which encourages support and respect for both staff, pupils and their families.
We aim to recognise those in need and will endeavour to support them as best we can, possibly signposting them to others who can help. We do not judge or blame and we act to provide a support network for those experiencing difficulties.
At the same time we also recognise the importance of taking care of our own mental health. Whether this is providing opportunities to talk to others, or take part in activities promoting good mental health.
The school has a designated Lead for Mental Health. They act as a champion for mental health and wellbeing, reporting to the Leadership Team and SENCO.
Their role is not to necessarily provide interventions, but to have a whole school overview and to coordinate the school’s approach to positive mental health and wellbeing.
The school provides the following wellbeing activities for our children:
- Golden Clubs
- Outdoor learning
- Wellbeing groups
- Bubble Time
- Half class teaching
We also recognise the need for children to have access to the outdoors and how this has a positive effect on mental health – knowing this we provide as many opportunities to use the outdoors as possible whatever the weather.
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