At St. John’s, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and pupil community. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils.
In addition to promoting positive mental health taught through our PSHE curriculum, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health. We recognise that in an average classroom, there may be as many as three children suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health policies and procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for students affected both directly and indirectly by mental ill health. We have a Mental Health and Wellbeing Team, fully trained Mental Health First Aiders and a school counsellor who all work together to promote positive mental health at St. John’s.
Please see our Mental Health policy here.
Please see below for further information and additional sources of support for pupils, parents and staff.
During our March parent consultations, we ran a presentation on screen about our progress with Mental Health plans. The presentation included data collected from our surveys from parents and children:
Children's Mental Health Week: 1-5 February 2021
Once again we will be marking Children's mental health week both at home and in school. This year the week is titled Express Yourself and is aimed at encouraging children and young people to talk about their thoughts and feelings. We will be planning activities to participate in wherever you are learning, please see the link below for sources of advice and support for parents, pupils and school staff.
During Children's Mental Health Week the children learnt all about mental health via assemblies and activities in class. On Friday 7 January they were asked to wear their jumpers inside out as a reminder that we cannot always see what’s going on inside (more info here - https://www.tes.com/news/wear-clothes-inside-out-promote-mental-health)
The children were shown the below video, produced by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, during Children's Mental Health Week assemblies.
Please see the leaflets below for ideas and sources of help.