Mental Health & Well-Being

As a school we place an emphasis on the value of mental health and wellbeing.

Our PSHE curriculum includes units on understanding the various factors that can affect our wellbeing – physical, mental or both – such as healthy and respectful relationships, identity, body image and social media, plus practical advice on coping strategies.

We also promote ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ and model the concept of getting ‘mindfit’ by highlighting the various active and creative ways that staff maintain their mental health and wellbeing. A recent survey gave students the opportunity to share their perspectives and to indicate if they would benefit from a conversation with their tutor, head of year or one of our pastoral support coordinators.

Accessing support for you or your child

There are various organisations offering support for parents on how to support a child with mental health needs, or for parents who have mental health needs themselves.


Local organisations:

https://www.sabp.nhs.uk/our-services/mental-health/safe-havens/SafeHavenAldershot

https://www.hartvolaction.org.uk/counselling/youth-counselling/

http://www.fleetphoenix.co.uk/

https://www.charitychoice.co.uk/headroom---young-peoples-charity-276633

https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/


National organisations:

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/mental-health-parenting/

https://www.place2be.org.uk/our-services/parents-and-carers/supporting-your-child-s-mental-health/

https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/nhs-voluntary-charity-services/nhs-services/children-young-people-mental-health-services-cypmhs-parents-carers-information/

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/parenting-with-a-mental-health-problem/parenting-and-mental-health/

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/make-it-count-guide-for-parents-and-carers

 

Mental Health Week 1: Anxiety

Our first Mental Health Week of the academic year focused on anxiety: what it is, and what it isn’t; why we need anxiety; how to deal with physical symptoms of anxiety.

A video assembly was used to introduce Mental Health Week to the students, and included the key message that we ALL have mental health. During Mental Health Week, students looked at causes of mental health difficulties, the physiological necessity for anxiety in humans (we wouldn’t have made it this far without it!) and a ‘Ted Talk’ presentation which highlights an anxiety sufferer’s realisation that anxiety is an emotion rather than an illness. Students also practised strategies which can help them to regulate their breathing if they are feeling anxious.

Introduction assembly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwetNqpH0pA

We all have mental health: https://youtu.be/DxIDKZHW3-E

Box breathing: https://youtu.be/eRubYXujOx4

Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZidGozDhOjg

Mental health resources for parents

You may find the attached documents offer some useful advice. The Hampshire CAMHS website (www.hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk) has a wealth of information, including leaflets and videos, on how you can support your child.

CAMHS-Referral-Guidance.pdfUseful-CAMHS-Resources.pdfCalming-the-inner-storm.pdfFacing-fears.pdf

Its-OK-not-to-be-OK.pdf

Proud-to-be-me.pdf

SOS-and-TLC.pdf

CAMHS ‘Best Version of You'

From November 2021 to April 2022, every student in the school will spend one day each week working through activities in the CAMHS-produced booklet ‘Best Version of You’. Students will have their own copy of the booklet, which is available in electronic form here. We encourage parents and carers to ask their child to share what has been covered each week.

Best-Version-of-you.pdf

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2: PHYSICAL WELL BEING, STIGMA AND TALKING

The second Mental Health Week of the year looked at three key areas: the benefits of looking after ourselves physically; tackling stigma; the importance of talking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brJfDn3IuBA
(Trailer for Prince William documentary on mental health - 3 minutes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn_shQZz5tw
(Full Prince William documentary - 52 minutes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XGG12q4c2U
(Roman Kemp documentary - 57 minutes]

Mental Health Week 3: Sleep, Diet and Exercise

In our final Mental Health Week of the year, we began by reminding students that we ALL have mental health, and that – even if we aren’t struggling with anything – the best approach to mental health is to take as many steps as possible to look after ourselves physically as well as mentally. We asked students to reflect on their sleep patterns, and advised them on the benefits of regular, quality sleep; similarly, we asked students to reflect on what they typically eat each day and shared some insights regarding the impact of too much processed food on our overall wellbeing. Towards the end of the week we repeated key messages about the benefits of exercise and/or creative hobbies and interests (instead of phone-gazing), and encouraged students to spend the half-term break making the most of the spring weather by getting outdoors and enjoying plenty of fresh air.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/articles/diet_wellbeing

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-61399189

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/11/smartphone-technology-addiction-facebook-twitter