As a school, we take mental health and wellbeing very seriously.
We are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, families 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 The Primary school of St Mary and St Martin, we are very proud to say that we are currently in the process of working towards receiving an accreditation in good wellbeing and mental health practice. As we work towards this award, we continue to provide opportunities for children to learn about and practise positive wellbeing. Lessons in positive emotional health happen through RE and PSHE lessons, as well as deeper discussions about our feelings during whole school and class worship. We also have members of Year 6 who are ‘wellbeing leaders’ and are responsible for facilitating clubs at playtime and lunchtime. Our wellbeing leaders are also there to lend a helping hand and a friendly smile to any children across school in need.
NHS App Library – Mental Health
BlueIce – helps young people manage their emotions and reduces the urge to self-harm. Includes a mood diary, toolbox of evidence-based techniques to reduce distress and automatic routing to emergency numbers if the urge continues.
Calm Harm – reduce urges to self-harm and manage emotions in a more positive way. Private and password protected.
Catch It* – learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression. Catch It helps you to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental health.
Chill Panda* – uses breathing techniques to help you relax more, worry less and feel better.
Cove* - create music to reflect emotions like joy, sadness and anger to help you express how you feel.
distrACT – quick, discreet access to information and advice about self-harm
Feeling Good: positive mindset – uses audio tracks to help relax your body and mind and build confidence. (Free but with in app purchases)
MeeTwo – a safe, secure forum for teenagers wanting to discuss any issue affecting their lives.
Thrive* – helps you prevent and manage stress, anxiety and related conditions. The game-based app can be used before a stressful situation or on a more regular basis.
Apps marked with * are being reassessed by the NHS currently
ThinkUp – affirmations (Free with in app purchases)
Samaritans – 116 123 or email email@example.com
The Mix – www.themix.org.uk/getsupport free and confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social media and mobile
Mind – 0300 123 3393 or text 86463