Mental Health and Wellbeing
Children’s mental health and wellbeing has always been important at Longfleet Primary School. In current times it has become even more important with so many changes and additional pressures. The aim of this page is to signpost resources that may be of benefit to all of us.
‘Promoting children and young people’s wellbeing is a key part of keeping them safe, helping them develop and ensuring they have positive outcomes into adulthood’ (Public Health England, 2021).
No one should ever feel alone and it is vital that we all seek help when needed.
Promoting positive mental health happens every single day through our interactions in school and with the wider school community. Emotional wellbeing and mental health is a key focus and we understand that this underpins the framework for our children to become successful and engaged learners and feel safe, a sense of belonging and instil self-belief.
Through our curriculum and through positive interactions, we teach the children that we all experience a wide range of emotions and that this is normal. We want to empower the children to recognise and feel these emotions in order that they can recognise their own triggers and develop strategies to manage these feelings.
Miss Penny Irons and Mrs Clare Kent have recently undertaken Senior Mental Health Lead training and a steering group has been set up with staff throughout the school to embed the importance of the emotional and mental health and wellbeing of everybody within our school community and how we can all develop some self-care.
Listed below are links to websites and resources that you may find useful.
Sleep is hugely important to well-being and the benefits of quality sleep are well documented. Research evidences the direct correlation between poor sleep and poor social and emotional health. Tiredness can lead to anxiety and can impact enormously on a child’s ability to concentrate, absorb and retain information and thus adversely impact their learning. Our recent pupil wellbeing questionnaire, completed by Years 4, 5 and 6, revealed an astonishing number of our children who struggle to sleep.
We thought it may be useful to suggest some good sleep hygiene tips for you and your family to try:
*Try to establish a good, steady routine – go to bed at the same time every night
*Do not nap in the day
*Enhance the environment to that of calm and quiet ie. reduce stimulus. Think about scent, lighting, comfort
*Try to eliminate screen time up to an hour before bed. Devices act as a stimulus.
Further support is available from the School Nursing Team and there are a good number of resources to look at online such as: