At Dickens Heath Community Primary School, we are committed to supporting the mental health and well-being of our pupils and staff. We aim to be supportive, caring and respectful and encourage our pupils to be open so that they can have their voice heard.
We recognise that everyone experiences different life challenges, and that each of us may need help to cope with them sometimes.
We understand that anyone and everyone may need additional emotional support. At Dickens Heath, positive mental health is everybody’s responsibility – we all have a role to play.
Please refer to our Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy and the Jigsaws PSHE guidance letter for parents to see how we offer support for children and families and how our PSHE curriculum actively promotes positive mental health and wellbeing and develops strategies, vocabulary and knowledge progressively across school.
To actively promote positive mental health and wellbeing we focus on the NHS 5 ways to wellbeing through an approach called the SMILE approach.
The guiding principles of SMILE are:
The NHS Five ways to wellbeing are adapted as outlined below:
Please refer to our SMILE overview for further detail of our approach. This sits as a component of our Personal Development curriculum for all children.
If you have any concerns about how your child is coping or need any other support from the school, please let us know by contacting the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of staff will get back to you.
Below are some links that you may find helpful to support your child's wellbeing and promote positive mental health.
Young Minds - Activities to help support emotional well-being
Calm Zone – Resources to help promote calm feelings and relaxation
Social Media and Internet Safety
During these uncertain times, we have put together a selection of resources to support children and families around mental health and wellbeing.
Coronavirus Well-Being Resources
Young Minds - Supporting your child during the coronavirus pandemic
Young Minds - Talking to your child about coronavirus
Coronavirus book for children