Mental Health

Mental Health and Wellbeing

From the start of this school year, following the appointment of a mental health advisor at Brantridge, our students have begun learning about mental health and wellbeing. During these sessions we have explored what mental health means, different emotions that we can feel and how this can affect our behaviour.

Our mental health and wellbeing sessions are inspired by SMILE – an idea based on the NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing. Each letter of SMILE outlines an area that is important for wellbeing: socialise, move, interest, learn, and engage. SMILE posters can be found around the school and in each classroom as a reminder to our students. Through these sessions, we will explore how each of these areas can positively impact our mental health, whilst allowing students to choose the activity most suited to their own preferences and abilities.

 

Students in our nurture group also receive these sessions but on a 1:1 basis; with additional 1:1 sessions provided for those who could benefit from some extra support.

 

Through these sessions we aim to help our students to better understand their emotions and to provide them with strategies to improve their mental health and wellbeing in future.

 

 

Helpful Links for Parents and Guardians

 Anna Freud Centre

Website: www.annafreud.org

Phone: 0207 794 2313

Email: info@annafreud.org

The Anna Freud Centre is a children’s mental health charity providing specialist help and training.

 

Childline

Website: www.childline.org.uk

Phone: 0800 1111

Childline is a free and confidential counselling service available to parents, children and young people.

 

Mind

Website: www.mind.org.uk

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (weekdays 9-5)

Text: 86463

Email: info@mind.org

Mind is a mental health charity offering a range of materials about mental health. It also provides details of local Mind Associations.

 

NHS Choices

Website: www.nhs.uk

Phone: 111

The NHS Choices website provides information and advice about all aspects of health. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

 

YoungMinds

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Phone: 0808 802 5544 (weekdays 9:30-4)

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

 

YoungMinds Parents’ Helpline

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-helpline

Phone: 0808 802 5544 (weekdays 9:30-4)

Email: parents@youngminds.org.uk

YoungMinds Parent’s Helpline offers free confidential support to any adult worried about the emotional wellbeing, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person.

The communication between home and school is excellent.

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