"Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises 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 her or his community." (World Health Organisation)
Here at Langdale we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and all of our children. We pursue this aim using workplace practices which involve a universal and whole school approach.
Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help children to enjoy life more and understand themselves better. Steps towards living in a more mindful way include:
When children take these steps it can positively change the way that they see themselves and their lives by untangling the many unhelpful interwoven streams of thoughts and feelings that are being experienced; identifying patterns so that they can notice and train their thoughts so that ‘mental events’ do not take over and control them, and they can learn how to deal with mental thoughts productively rather than brooding and not moving forwards. Self- awareness of this kind can help children to notice signs of anxiety and stress and deal with it or seek help at an early stage.
Dragonfly have published a free booklet about how to deal with anxiety, which can be given to students and/or parents. Please find a link to the free download from their website: www.dragonflyimpact.co.uk/anxiety-booklet-pdf
We encourage the children Langdale to have a Growth Mindset rather than a Fixed Mindset. Children with Growth Mindset understand that intelligence develops whereas those with a Fixed Mindset think that mistakes have to be avoided and success is immediate. Persistence, practice and effort are essential in developing the connections in the brain. It is important that children are encouraged to take a risk, fail and learn from their mistakes. This also helps children to become resilient and persevere when things get difficult. Mistakes are part of learning. Part of a child’s education is to learn how to self -talk into positive thinking. The chart below gives some examples of phrases that can be used:
Useful Websites regarding Social, Emotional and Mental Health
Provides resources for schools, parents and carers.
Resources and advice as well as a parent helpline.
Top tips including coping with loneliness.
NSPCC - Keeping Children Safe