Mental Health and Wellbeing
The mental health and wellbeing of staff, pupils and their families is a high priority for the school. Our school SENDCo, Miss Parsons, is currently undertaking Senior Mental Health Lead Training and she also works with our school Wellbeing Warrior team to promote good mental health and wellbeing across the school.
What do we mean by mental health?
The World Health Organisation (2014) defines mental health as ‘a state of wellbeing in which every individual recognises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her own community.’
What does ‘wellbeing’ mean?
Wellbeing is about being happy and healthy. That doesn’t mean you have to feel happy all of the time, but it is about having an understanding about your emotions and what can make you feel better.
Eton Wick’s Wellbeing Warriors
Our school’s Wellbeing Warriors are our Emotional Wellbeing ambassadors within the school. They are a group of children from Year 2 to Year 4 who help to promote good mental health and wellbeing. They help design and deliver Wellbeing Wednesday’s throughout the school year and organise a campaign which spreads positive helpful messages about wellbeing.
Our older Wellbeing Warriors from Year 3 and Year 4 are invited to take part in a training day organised and run by The Psychological Wellbeing Team in RBWM. This is run in association with ‘Time to Change’, a national campaign to end mental health discrimination and stigma. The aim of the training is to raise students’ awareness and knowledge of positive mental health, and to create an open, supportive culture around mental health and wellbeing in schools.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing
Research shows there are five simple things you can do as part of your daily life, at school, work and at home, to build resilience, boost your wellbeing and lower your risk of developing mental health problems. These simple actions are known internationally as the Five Ways to Wellbeing. The 5 ways to wellbeing are Connect, Learn, be Active, take Notice and Give. Our termly Wellbeing Wednesdays always link up with one of the Ways to Wellbeing
Mental Health Awareness Days
Mental health awareness days are another way in which we promote positive mental health behaviours and emphasise our dedication to supporting students and staff with their wellbeing.
Some of the days we celebrate and mark at Eton Wick First School are:
Mental Health Awareness Week
Digital Citizenship Week
Children's Mental Health Week
Family Friends in Windsor and Maidenhead
Provide free and confidential support to families who have children from birth to age 13 years and who reside in RBWM. They offer short term emotional and /or practical help to families who are facing difficult times, enabling them to get back on their feet.
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
A mental health charity for children and families
Their vision is a world where children and families are supported effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life.