Everyone has ‘mental health’ and this can be thought of in terms of
• how we feel about ourselves and the people around us
• our ability to make and keep friends and relationships
• our ability to learn from others and to develop psychologically and emotionally.
Being mentally healthy is also about having the strength to overcome the difficulties and challenges we can all face at times in our lives, to have confidence and self-esteem, and to be able to take decisions and believe in ourselves.
It is quite normal to sometimes feel worried, anxious or upset when things don’t go as you hope – everyone faces pressure in their lives at certain times and these can include:
• Growing up and becoming more independent from your family
• Making up (and breaking up) with friends
• Work and getting a job
• Grief - dealing with the death of someone you know
What support do we offer at Moulton?
Moulton Primary School prides itself on our highly commended Pastoral Support Programme: which contributed to us receiving the prestigious TaMHS Gold Award in September 2018. As part of our commitment to promote and support Mental Health and Wellbeing awareness within our setting: we have a team dedicated to the emotional health and wellbeing of our children, parents and staff.
Ms Sadler (Wellbeing Mentor) and Miss Wallis (Inclusion Manager) work together to coordinate a programme of support for children who are experiencing difficulties within school: with learning or during unstructured times due to difficulties with their social, emotional health and wellbeing.
Information is gathered from class teachers and parents to build a full picture around the child’s needs, strengths and difficulties and the team meet with the Senior Leadership Team to review new referrals and allocate these based upon the wider school picture to allow us to prioritise support to those who need it most.
A personalised programme of support is designed to support a child with their key difficulties: including self-esteem, resilience and strategies for coping in a wide range of situations.
Ms Sadler draws on resources and programmes including:
- Drawing and talking
- Anger management – volcano in my tummy
- ADHD support – “the blurt alert.”
- Social skills (ASD)
- Turn taking and team skills to build resilience
- Anxiety support strategies
- Marvellous me (self-esteem)
- Anger rules
- Moving on (transition programme)
- Protective Behaviours
- Blue Butterfly
- Sensory Circuits and Sensory Breaks
- Lego Therapy
As well as bespoke programmes, which we can design to meet the specific needs of an individual child.
Throughout the sessions Ms Sadler aims to build a trusting relationship with the child and works to promote the skills needed for independence. At the beginning of an intervention: each child is encouraged to set their own targets, as to what they would like to achieve through their sessions, giving them ownership and a clear goal to work towards. Each pupil has access to a weekly session (timetable permitting) and access to ‘drop-in’ sessions which are held during allocated play time sessions. The aim is that within a 12 week block, a pupil develops the skills necessary to feel able to cope with their difficulties independently or to be able to ask for help when it is needed.
When a child has completed a programme and has developed their resilience and independent problem solving skills – Ms Sadler begins to work to discharging the child back to support at a class level. The final sessions review and recap the skills and strategies that have been developed throughout their sessions and the child is awarded a ‘Graduation certificate’ to remind them of their success.
The child is then given a timetabled slot during ‘drop-in’ sessions – where they can come to see Ms Sadler if they feel that they need to – keeping the link with a key trusted adult in school.
Class teachers are informed of progress within sessions and work alongside Ms Sadler to transfer the skills learned into the classroom providing wrap around personalised care for each individual.
If you have concerns that your child has emotional wellbeing difficulties which are impacting on their learning or emotional wellbeing: please speak to their class teacher or Miss Wallis/ Ms Sadler.
- Rethink offer advice and support on mental health for young people
- Young Minds The voice for young peoples health and wellbeing
- Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Northamptonshire provide mental health support for children and young people in Northamptonshire
- Time to change A programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination
- The Lowdown offer free counselling and support to young people in Northamptonshire suffering with stress or anxiety
- MIND Northampton can help with choices about stress treatment and reach out to sources of support.
- Talk Out Loud is a website set up by young people that provides mental health support.
- Time 2 talk offers free counselling services for young people aged 13-25 in Daventry and Towcester
- Youth Works in Kettering and Corby offer one to one counselling, drop in support sessions and access to information, empowering young people to make informed decisions about their lives and emotional wellbeing
- Ask Normen offer advice, support and treatments for managing stress and your emotional wellbeing
- Text your school nurse - for friendly, helpful and confidential advice, text your school nurse on 07507 329 600
- Papyrus provide confidential help and advice to young people to prevent suicide
As well as the local list of links and support above, you can also contact these independent charities and helplines who will offer advice and guidance for support you can give at home:
Tel: 0800 1111
Tel: 116 123
Crisis Messenger CM 85258
Parents helpline (0808 802 5544)
(Free text from most UK mobile companies.)
Free online chat
Changing Minds IAPT
A service for anyone over the age of 17 ½ - planning support and next steps.