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Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

A message from Mrs Smith

Sometimes things get us down, especially during these difficult months. When they do, just remember that you are doing a good job. This is a message to all the staff, parents and children of the Broomhill community who do amazing things, especially right now, during such challenging times.

What is Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing?

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. At Broomhill, we firmly believe in the importance of supporting every single person in our school community to be mentally healthy because our emotional wellbeing is just as important as our physical health. 

 

Being mentally heathy means that we feel positive about ourselves and our relationships with others whilst remembering that there are times where we all feel sad, frightened, unhappy and nervous and this is a completely normal part of life. Having good mental health means that we develop the skills and resilience to bounce back from these feelings and emotions and cope with the demands of life. Good mental health also means that we can identify when support is needed and ask others for help.

 

Often, life's events are beyond our control. At Broomhill, we prioritise the emotional wellbeing of all of our school community through a careful programme of activities and support to enable us all to manage these events successfully. We also like to use the term emotional fitness and through the well planned and targeted activities, our aim is to ensure we build the emotional fitness of our school community.  

 

We All Have Mental Health

What does Broomhill do?

We Broomhill, we offer a comprehensive range of activities and support to develop the emotional wellbeing of the whole school. This includes:

- Emotional fitness and mental health  activities in every class which take place at least 3x per week

- Additional physical activity for every class with the PE lead weekly

- Termly emotional fitness and mental health afternoons

- Literature is carefully picked to exploit learning opportunities 

- A dedicated mental health team who meet regularly

- All classes have an interactive feelings board where they can share how they are feeling

- A dedicated pastoral team. 

 

How can I Support my Emotional Wellbeing?

 

Here, you will find a variety of support and resources to use to support children's emotional wellbeing.

Books

Films

 

· Inside out (understanding how perception can impact how we feel)

· Frozen (respecting others)

· Finding Nemo (dealing with loss and showing perseverance)

· Shrek (how we treat people / inclusion)

· Dumbo (bullying and inclusion)

· Up (resilience)

· WALL-E (independence)

· ET (friendship through differences)

· Wonder (bullying, inclusion and resilience)

 

Other Activities

 

Other activities proven to support children's wellbeing can include:
- Colouring and drawing
- Sport and exercise
- Writing
- Playing a board game
- Guided meditation - video below

Guided Meditation for Children

Where can I go for more support?

 

Here, you will find some useful links to websites providing more information and support on mental health and emotional wellbeing.

If you have further concerns about your child's mental health and emotional wellbeing, please speak to your child's class teacher or the school's SENCO who can seek further advice from the school's Primary Mental Health Specialist.
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