Mental Health and Wellbeing
Cooks Spinney takes the mental health of pupils, families and staff seriously. See below for lots of useful resources but remember - if you ever need to talk, we are here for you.
The World Health Organisation defines mental health as follows:
"Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community."
The charity Mind (www.mind.org.uk) also says that:
“In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.”
At Cooks Spinney, our children learn about how to look after their mental health through lessons such as PSHE (Personal, social, health and economic education), RSE (Relationships and sex education), assemblies, in their classroom, on the playground and around the school. Good mental health and wellbeing is embedded within our classroom practice and within our school ethos. Our pupils are able to discuss any issues or worries that they face with their teachers or with our Learning Mentor and can also voice their ideas and concerns by posting a note in our school worry box outside the staff room. Children are seen as valued members of our school community who have rights, responsibilities and the potential within to become adaptable, altruistic, articulate, ambitious and adventurous individuals who know how to ask for support for themselves and how to give others support when needed.
We have a dedicated team of adults who are here to support you and your child at school and if you wish to speak to one of us about mental health and wellbeing, please call our school office on 01279 437590 or contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
During this current time of change and uncertainty, we have put together a bank of useful resources and online links to help you and your child:
Support explaining coronavirus to children:
World Health Organisation book for children (available as a download)
This book is available in other languages:
The story has been adapted and UNICEF have uploaded it to YouTube:
Ways to cope with the second lockdown:
Advice on how parents can safeguard their child/ren's mental health and promote their wellbeing.
Save the Children. Lots of tips and advice (including a downloadable comic):
Mentally Healthy Schools leaflets (lots of useful links):
CORONAVIRUS: dealing with the effects of lockdown toolkit:
The World Health Organisation’s tips for parents during the Covid outbreak:
The Educational Endowment Foundation’s resources for parents (including ideas to support home learning routines):
The Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service (ECFWS) support for you and your family
The Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service (ECFWS) newsletters: Please see the page documents below to download and view the monthly newsletters.
There are many more useful resources on the Magna Carta Primary Academy website (Burnt Mill Academy Trust):