At St Joseph’s, we believe that the social, emotional mental health of all of our pupils is of the utmost importance and is central to all that we do. We want all of our children to be resilient and mentally healthy so that they are happy and content and can succeed and reach their full potential. We recognise that all our children need a solid foundation of positive mental health to benefit fully from all of the opportunities available to them.
Children’s Mental Health Week February 2022
Through stories, scenarios and group activities, the children have had the opportunity to find out more about what mental health is, what can impact mental health and how to get further support. The children have created posters to show how mental health can affect us in a positive or a negative way and some classes completed mindfulness activities, whilst others ensured that all of the lessons got the children up and moving around.
Pupil wellbeing has been a major priority for St Josephs this year, particularly with school closures and ‘bubble’ closures. We are continuing to support all of our children with their mental health and wellbeing in a number of ways, providing tailored support for individual children, small groups, whole classes and families. Every class has a ‘Worry Monster’ which they are encouraged to note down any concerns that they have to and emotion fans and emotion monsters can be used by children throughout the day to express how they are feeling. Daily wellbeing check-ins are completed and acted upon as well as surveys throughout the year such as the ‘My Health, My School’ survey and key stage questionnaires. The results are analysed and actioned, with the impact of these actions evidenced.
Week Commencing 04/10/2021
During Wellbeing Week every class talked about the importance of looking after their wellbeing and discussed different ways of doing this. Every day had a different theme, these were-
Monday- Be Kind
Tuesday- Take Notice
Wednesday- Be Active
Thursday- Try Something New
Friday- Feel Good Friday
The children all had a fantastic time and took part in a range of activities, from trying new foods and mindfulness techniques, to Zumba and art work inspired by the world around them.
Further Wellbeing Support
How are you feeling?
It’s okay to not feel okay. Your feelings are never wrong. Below are some resources that might help if you are feeling a little worried or unhappy. It’s important to talk about how you are feeling and be kind to yourself. You could talk to an adult you trust at home or your class teacher.Self Care Kit This kit contains lots of helpful suggestions to keep your mind and body healthy, to relax, let go of worries and stay connected.
Below are a menu of activity calendars which include fun activities as well as some that may support you to manage and express how you are feeling and to develop an awareness of how others may be feeling too.Virtues Calendar This gives 31 different activities that encourage creativity, gratitude, empathy, resilience and curiosity. Wellbeing Activity Calendar This helps the whole family to take 5 minutes a day to participate in an activity together that will boost well-being and look after your mental health. 360 Positive Activities This thought provoking activity helps you to identify features in yourself and others that help build resilience.
Learning at Home Resources to Support Wellbeing
We are all living through unprecedented times at the moment and we know that this is affecting all of us in very different ways. We are aware that there are many worries, concerns, questions, deep thoughts and intense feelings and whilst we cannot provide the answers we would like to signpost you to some resources that may support you. We hope that these may help to start valuable conversations with your children and may provide useful resources and tools to help with their well-being at a time of concern.
Resources for Children
The links below include a broad range of fun and interesting activities and include support on how to deal with situations they find stressful, how to regulate their feelings and how to build resilience.100 Fun Indoor Activities Y1-6 Fun Indoor Activities for Foundation Stage
Open up these links to a collection of exciting activities including arts, crafts, puzzles, experiments, cooking and games. Please remember to click on the activity that you fancy to take you directly to the resource page/instructions that you need.100 Fun Indoor Activities Checklist – PRINTABLE Use this printable checklist to tick your activities off.
Building resilience through adversity!
Here is the good news: Resilience skills can be learned.
Building resilience — the ability to adapt well to pandemics, changes in routine, adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress — can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. However, being resilient does not mean that children won’t experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain and sadness are common when we have suffered major trauma or personal loss, or even when we hear of someone else’s loss or trauma.
What do you need to be resilient?
To be resilient you need to experience 8 of 10 emotions on a regular basis:
These don’t always find you. You have to be pro active in seeking them out!
Take time to think. Do you feel these emotions regularly? Why not? What can you do (more of) to feel these? What do you need to stop doing to feel these?
Not sure if you’re resilient? Click here to take a free quiz!
This page will be regularly updated and we would welcome your feedback, suggestions and will try to respond to any particular issues around supporting your child’s social, emotional mental health.
We are proud to have been awarded the MindMate Friendly Accreditation in December 2019. We are now well into our journey of working towards the MindMate Champions Accreditation.
Grief and Loss Support
If you are experiencing grief or loss and would like some support, please see the posters below from NHS Grief and Loss Support Service in West Yorkshire and Harrogate.Grief and Loss Support