Mental Health & Well-being
At Hillside Community Primary School, we are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff.
We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable, and at times anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count
- encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
We offer different levels of support:
Universal Support - To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos, PSHE curriculum and our wider curriculum, for example developing resilience for all.
Additional support - For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement we offer 1:1 or small group Learning Mentor support.
Targeted support - For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions we offer 1:1 or small group Learning Mentor support as well as referrals into external agencies such as Compass or CAMHS.
Children's mental health - Every Mind Matters - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
A public health England and NHS site to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.
Anna Freud Mentally Healthy Schools
Quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.
Healthy Young Minds website where you can find lots of advice, guidance and support related to children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.
This May Help has been created to support parents and carers with concerns about their child’s mental health.
Useful booklets / publications
Mental Health Parent Leaflet Anna Freud Centre
The Anxious Child Booklet for Parents
Worry Doll Instructions
You need to know guide for parents
10 key areas to happier living poster
Relaxation tips for bedtime
Sleep and Diet Parent Leaflet
Bedtime routine for Parents
Schools Information Pack - Bereavement
Lead staff members:
Mrs Anna Addy: Mental Health Lead Professional and Mental Health First Aider
Mrs Clare Williams: Mental Health First Aider
Please read our Mental Health Policy within the Statutory Information section > POLICIES
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