We support Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) and while prioritising mental health is more than just a week, it really is all year round and for the rest of your life, MHAW is a great way to kick-start the conversation again.
Your mental health is a number one priority, it’s as important as your physical health, which is why here at New Hoizons Children’s Academy we have Miss Madigan. Miss Madigan is a Year Six teacher in Elder class, this role encompasses our Mental Health Lead and Wellbeing Ambassador.
“Hi, I’m Miss Madigan and you can find me in the Year Six corridor upstairs in New Horizons. If a parent has a concern for their child’s mental health, please contact the class teacher on Seesaw, or the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org and they will pass the email on.
To me, mental health involves our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we carry out day-to-day tasks, through our thoughts and feelings. It can also affect how we choose to handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. That is why it is so important that schools help to ensure that their students know how to look after their mental health and are given the support they need.
In New Horizons, we care about every child’s mental health and consequently have worked hard to ensure children are given a wide range of support in this area. We have adapted our PSHE learning to ensure it covers what mental health is and how to support your mental health and recognise changes in people around you.
Every child in KS2 has weekly P4C lessons which allow for debates on subjects that can affect a person’s mental health and each child also has a ‘Be your Best Self Journal’ which teaches mindfulness strategies. Every child can use the worry box with any concerns that they may have and a member of the school team will help them to settle these. Each year group is offered lunch time clubs to discuss their worries in a safe space, as well as ‘Monday Morning Meetings’ where targeted children are invited into school.
As a whole school, we have collective worship and assemblies that teach children mindfulness strategies and how to effectively deal with our emotions. We also celebrate Anti-bullying week and Children’s Mental Health weeks which allow us time to have in depth discussions with our classes. As well as this, we offer children sessions with a representative from MIND, drawing and talking sessions with adults in school and Lego therapy. In term six, we are focusing on the importance of healthy lifestyles and the organisation Tritasters will be offering weekly sessions giving children the opportunity to try new healthy food and activities.”