Mental Health Support
At St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers), and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health. We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement. All children go through ups and downs during their school career and some face significant life events.
Our aim is to help develop the protective factors which build resilience to mental health problems and to be a school where:
- All children are valued.
- Children have a sense of belonging and feel safe.
- Children feel able to talk openly with trusted adults about their problems without feeling any stigma.
- Positive mental health is promoted and valued.
- Bullying is not tolerated.
Five Finger Breathing | a simple guided breathing exercise for kids
RELAX AND BREATHE: Do Nothing for 10 Minutes
For 10 minutes, do nothing but breathe. Clear your head, meditate, be free of worries for ten whole minutes. Click here to listen to the track.
Mindfulness for children
Click here to listen to a video of mindfulness for children. You can even join in with them and do this together!
Top 10 tips and guides to support Parents and Guardians
Click here for a link with top tips and guides to support parents and guardians with their mental health and that of their children.
KOOTH – online support
Worried about a child or young person’s behaviour or mental health? You’re not alone. Please share your concerns with staff at school.
If you are looking for general mental health support Heads Together Charity Partners are there for you. Whether we struggle with disappointing exam results, the loss of a job, a relationship break-up, depression, anxiety or any other mental health challenge, we all struggle with our mental health at times, and we all need support.
Follow this link to see what help is available.
It is important to remember that Samaritans are always there to help, not only when people feel suicidal. Samaritans offer a safe place for people to talk, any time, in their own way. People can contact Samaritans by phone, email, text, in writing or face-to-face.
Samaritans can be contacted 24/7, 365 days a year, on 116 123 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information visit these websites below
For general information and support
Young Minds – champions young people’s mental health and wellbeing
Mind – advice and support on mental health problems
Time to Change tackles the stigma of mental health
Rethink challenges attitudes towards mental health