Parent and Pupil Wellbeing @ Westfield

As a school, we take mental health and wellbeing very seriously.  We are currently working towards the Wellbeing award, which will demonstrate how wellbeing and mental health in our pupils, staff and parents are at the forefront of our school’s vision of leading a mentally healthy school.  We have created a school action plan which is available here.

In the meantime, we hope that the following information will help to inform you of what we already offer our pupils in school and the support which is also available to you, as a parent/carer of a child at our school.

We are committed to supporting the emotional 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 currently offer different levels of support:

To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum.  We aim to develop resilience for all through our PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education and Relationship and Sexual Education curriculum.

For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.

For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as ELSA or Lego Based Therapy.

We are extremely fortunate to have two members of our support staff team who are trained in ELSA.  ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) is an intervention designed to build the capacity of schools to support the emotional needs of their pupils from within their own resources.  Pupils are referred for ELSA support by their class teacher or through our SEND coordinator, Mrs Harbottle.

Our ELSA trained staff are Miss Edmond and Mrs Grainger

Mrs Grainger is also trained in Lego Based Therapy which is a social communication intervention for autistic and other children with social communication; nurture and SEMH needs.

 

We all have times when we have low Mental Wellbeing, where we feel stressed, upset or find it difficult to cope.

There are some common life events that may affect you or your child’s Mental Wellbeing:

  • Loss or bereavement
  • Loneliness
  • Relationship problems
  • Issues at school
  • Worries about money

Everyone deserves to feel good and there are steps you or your child can take to maintain and improve your Mental Wellbeing:

  • Build positive relationships
  • Take time for yourself
  • Look after your mental health
  • Look after your physical health

What can your child do in school to gain Mental Wellbeing?

  • Be open and talk about your feelings with your friends
  • Associate yourself with positive people
  • Join a lunch or after school club
  • Speak to a member of staff
  • Tell the Safeguarding or Wellbeing team
  • Get physically active (a healthy body and mind are closely linked).

Below is a list of signposted services and resources for parents/carers:

Childline
A place a child or young person can talk to someone about something they are worried about. They can do this online or over the phone. (call 08001111)

NSPCC  
This charity works against child abuse – a helpline is available for parents or other adults concerned about a child (0808 8025544).

The Samaritans  
A confidential helpline which offers support and advice to those in emotional distress.  (call 116 123)

Young Minds Parentline                                                                                                                      Offers information and advice to anyone worried about a child or young person under the age of 25. (call 0808 802 5544)

 

Big White Wall  
Online counselling service for young people aged 16+.

CALM
The Campaign against Living Miserably aims to reduce suicide rates among young men in the UK.

Doc Ready  
Prepares young people for their first visit to their GP to talk about their mental health.

Get Connected  
Support and signposting for young people under the age of 25. Telephone, email, text and web chat support.

Kooth  
Online counselling and support for children and young people.

Mind
National mental health charity providing information and advice.

The Mix  
Mental health information and support for the under-25s.

Time to Change  
Personal stories from young people about why mental health matters.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory
Online resource for families and young people up to the age of 24 listing local mental health services in their area. 

No Panic  
Helpline for young people who suffer from panic attacks, OCD, phobias, and other related anxiety disorders (call 0330 606 1174).

Bipolar UK
Offers information about bipolar disorder, an online community, and a peer support line.

Bullying UK
Advice and support for dealing with bullying.

Top Tips for Preventing Cyberbullying
This is a free resource that brings attention to cyberbullying and how to prevent it from happening.

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust  
Includes information for children and young people on how to recognise the signs of depression. 

My CAMHS Choice  
Information and support for young people who have been referred to the CAMHS system.

Students Against Depression
Information, advice and real-life stories for university students struggling with depression.

Addaction
Information about drug and alcohol problems.

Nacoa
Information and support for children and young people affected by a parent’s alcohol use.

Beat Eating Disorders  
Helplines, online support and self-help groups on all types of eating disorder. 

Voice Collective  
Resources for young people who hear, see and sense things that others don’t. Support for parents is also offered.

Head Meds
Information for young people around medication, mental health and life.

OCD UK
Information and support on OCD, including online support forums.

Life Signs  
Information and support on self-harm in children and young people.

National Self-Harm Network
A forum providing crisis support, resources and advice on dealing with self-harm.

Recover Your Life  
Information and support around self-harm. Includes forums, online chat, open 24/7. 

Self Harm UK
Information for parents and professionals on self-harming behaviour.

Healthy Minds  
Problem-solving tool aimed at students. 

InHand
An app to help young people through the ups and downs of life; it suggests activities to help based on how you rank your mood.

Mindshift
Specifically for young people to help them manage their anxiety. There are lots of tools, techniques and advice. 

Mood Panda  
Half moodtracker, half social network. It allows children and young people to choose whether to keep their mood private or share it publicly for support from other Mood Panda users. 

Mood Scope  
A mood tracking tool; the basic features are free but you have to pay for more in-depth features. 

Moodometer  
An app as well as an online resource which helps children and young people monitor and understand their emotional wellbeing.

Personal Zen  
Games that have been clinically proven to reduce stress. 

Recovery Record
Self-help tool for children and young people suffering from eating disorders.

SAM (Self-Help for Anxiety Management) 
Help with anxiety management which includes interactive games and tools, and an anxiety tracker. 

Stop, Breathe and Think  
Guide to meditation which recommends certain meditations based on how you’re feeling.

Healthy Minds  
Problem-solving tool aimed at students. 

InHand
An app to help young people through the ups and downs of life; it suggests activities to help based on how you rank your mood.

Mindshift
Specifically for young people to help them manage their anxiety. There are lots of tools, techniques and advice. 

Mood Panda  
Half moodtracker, half social network. It allows children and young people to choose whether to keep their mood private or share it publicly for support from other Mood Panda users. 

Mood Scope  
A mood tracking tool; the basic features are free but you have to pay for more in-depth features. 

Moodometer  
An app as well as an online resource which helps children and young people monitor and understand their emotional wellbeing.

Personal Zen  
Games that have been clinically proven to reduce stress. 

Recovery Record
Self-help tool for children and young people suffering from eating disorders.

SAM (Self-Help for Anxiety Management) 
Help with anxiety management which includes interactive games and tools, and an anxiety tracker. 

Stop, Breathe and Think  
Guide to meditation which recommends certain meditations based on how you’re feeling.