Mental Health and Well-Being
At Martin Frobisher Infant school we place high regard on everyone having and maintaining positive mental health. For children this is achieved by ensuring our school curriculum promotes the teaching of good mental health and how children can build their resilience, solve problems and manage their feelings in a positive way. We also invest in specialised support staff who can be there to provide additional support when children may be experiencing challenges in their lives which is affecting their mental health.
Miss Chapman is our Sports, Health and Well-being lead in school and is always available to talk to parents. We are also supported by the our Educational Psychologist and the Futures in Mind team who are professionals from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health team (CAMHS)
Nip in the bud is a website dedicated to supporting parents and teachers in identifying and supporting children with a range of mental health difficulties. Please click on the image below to go to the website.
The following information comes from the Mind website where there is a wealth of information to support young people and adults if they are worried about their mental health.
In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.
Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you're frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.
Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Experiencing a mental health problem is often upsetting, confusing and frightening – particularly at first. If you become unwell, you may feel that it's a sign of weakness, or that you are 'losing your mind'.
These fears are often reinforced by the negative (and often unrealistic) way that people experiencing mental health problems are shown on TV, in films and by the media. This may stop you from talking about your problems, or seeking help. This, in turn, is likely to increase your distress and sense of isolation.
However, in reality, mental health problems are a common human experience.
Most people know someone who has experienced a mental health problem. They can happen to all kinds of people from all walks of life. And it's likely that, when you find a combination of self-care, treatment and support that works for you, you will get better.
Other agencies who may be able to offer support. (Please click on the image to be taken to the website)
Wakefield early Help. Support for families of children in Wakefield, including how to access support from your local Children First Hub
CAMHS stands for child and adolescent mental health services. They are an NHS service that offers support and treatment for children and young people, aged up to 18 years old, who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing. They also support parents, carers and families of these children and young people too
An online resource for children and young people in Wakefield.
Kooth. Online support for young people aged 11-19 years old
A charity which offers support for everyone, whatever they are going through.
Turning Point Talking Therapy is a service available for anyone over the age of 16 who is registered with a GP in Wakefield.
Papyrus is a National Charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide in children and young adults.