Emotional Health and Wellbeing at Gateway Academy
At Gateway Academy, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our whole community. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and, at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
- encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
What is mental health?
Talking Mental Health from the National Centre for Children and Families
When should you seek help?
There are common life events that may affect you or your child’s mental wellbeing. These situations are often beyond our control. When our wellbeing is affected and we do not feel able to cope, this can lead to mental health concerns. This can stop us from enjoying and coping with our daily lives.
- Loss or bereavement
- Health issues
- Relationship problems
- Worries and issues at school
- Worries about money or housing
- COVID 19 anxieties and worries
5 Ways to wellbeing
There are 5 steps we can take to improve our mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help us feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
Find out more information by watching this video https://youtu.be/yF7Ou43Vj6c
How we can help
At Gateway Academy, we offer different levels of support:
Universal Support - To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.
Additional support - For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences, such as bereavement.
Targeted support - For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources, or specific targeted interventions, such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.
Our Designated Wellbeing Lead is Mrs Cleary. We also work with other organisations to ensure that children at Gateway get the support that they need.
Some of these organisations are:
Self-Care for Children: https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/
Five ways to wellbeing
Here are the links to video resources for parents.
Early Help, Inclusion Pilot Project
A really helpful website that includes downloadable self-help activities, information guides, videos and more
A specialist charity that supports boys and men along the path to becoming dynamic future men
A charity that works with children and young people aged 3 to 18 who would benefit from additional support and opportunities
Websites and Telephone Helplines
Young Minds - Leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.
Childline - Call 0800 1111 (24 hours)
Comforts, advises and protects children 24 hours a day and offers free confidential counselling.
This is a free texting service for anyone in crisis
CALM Helpline Confidential support for men, 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight, free
Call 0800 58 58 58
National Domestic Abuse Helpline Free, confidential, 24 hour helpline
Call 0808 2000 247
Calming Activities, Mindfulness, Breathing, Yoga Videos and More...
Supporting your child during the coronavirus outbreak
Coronavirus: A Book For Children | Illustrated by Axel Scheffler | Read Aloud by Hugh Bonneville
This hugely popular free information book explains the coronavirus to children aged five to ten, with illustrations by The Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.
The book answers key questions in simple appropriate language:
- What is the coronavirus?
- How do you catch the coronavirus?
- What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
- Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
- Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
- Why are some places we normally go to closed?
- What can I do to help?
- What’s going to happen next?