We are currently working towards the Wellbeing Award for Schools. This award will show that as a school we support the wellbeing of everyone involved in school including staff, pupils, and parents/carers. This means as a school we are actively trying to make the school a happier place for everyone to be.
Please click here to view our Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy.
At Dean Bank Primary School, we actively support the wellbeing of all of our children. All staff are well versed and trained in listening techniques so that any child will feel heard and safe. We also run specific groups and interventions such as Connecting with Children (also known as Listening Matters) and a LEGO based intervention. The Connecting with Children programme aims to boost children’s confidence and self esteem by giving them 1 to 1 time with an adult and allowing them to express themselves in their own way. The LEGO based intervention aims to help children with confidence as well their communication skills by having children work together in a small group with an aim to build a given LEGO model following the instructions.
We also take part in Team Up, which is a programme from Go Well, former Sedgefield SSP, that blends the positive powers of physical activity and mental wellbeing techniques to improve the lives of all involved. Both staff and pupils have been involved with this. Children learn about the ‘Brainy Bunch’ who are a collection of characters representing brain chemicals such as endorphin, serotonin and cortisol. As a school, we are dedicated to providing our pupils with a variety of tools to stay happy and healthy so they can achieve their potential and Team Up is a great programme to support this.
Find out more about Team Up here: https://teamupkids.org.uk/
For support on specific mental health needs:
Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk
OCD UK www.ocduk.org
Depression Alliance www.depressoinalliance.org
Eating Disorders www.b-eat.co.uk and www.inourhands.com
National Self-Harm Network www.nshn.co.uk / www.selfharm.co.uk
Suicidal thoughts Prevention of young suicide UK – PAPYRUS: www.papyrus-uk.org
For general information and support:
www.youngminds.org.uk champions young people’s mental health and wellbeing
www.mind.org.uk advice and support on mental health problems
www.time-to-change.org.uk tackles the stigma of mental health
www.rethink.org challenges attitudes towards mental health
Below is a list of websites full of information to help you with your mental health/wellbeing:
- www.wellbeingforlife.net – this website offers up to 12 sessions of free, confidential 1:1 support in a range of areas from losing weight to helping you quit smoking and many more. You can also call on 0800 8766887 or contact the school and we can put you in contact.
- https://www.annafreud.org/ this website is packed full of information for both yourself and your children. Use the search function to find specific information or the tabs to go to general areas.
- https://www.samaritans.org/ – whilst this organisation is associated with suicide prevention they are always available for people who are just struggling with their mental health and low mood. It has information about low mood and warning signs. You can also call on 116 123.
If you find all of these scary to use or full of too much information we are always here. Please come speak to us and we will listen to you!