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Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.

Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

At St Bernadette's we recognise that the emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health and academic progress. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.

 

Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include:

  • being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise
  • having time and the freedom to play, indoors and outdoors
  • being part of a family that gets along well most of the time
  • going to a school such as St Bernadette's that looks after the wellbeing of all its pupils
  • taking part in local activities for young people.

 

Other factors are also important, including:

  • feeling loved, trusted, understood, valued and safe
  • being interested in life and having opportunities to enjoy themselves
  • being hopeful and optimistic
  • being able to learn and having opportunities to succeed
  • accepting who they are and recognising what they are good at
  • having a sense of belonging in their family, school and community
  • feeling they have some control over their own life
  • having the strength to cope when something is wrong (resilience) and the ability to solve problems.

 

Most children grow up mentally healthy, but surveys suggest that more children and young people have problems with their mental health today than 30 years ago. That’s probably because of changes in the way we live now and how that affects the experience of growing up.

(Mental Health Foundation)

The positive mental health of our pupils is a key priority for all of out staff, whatever their role within the school. Our staff team comprises of three sub-teams which focus on developing Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies and Healthy Spirits within our whole school community.

We also have key members of staff who you should approach should you have concerns about your child's mental health:

Mrs Romans - Inclusion Manager

Mrs Lazzari - Mental Health Lead

Mr Penny - Learning Mentor

 

Our Values Curriculum and Relationships and Sex Education Curricula support the positive mental health of our pupils.

There are many organisations that can help if you are concerned about your child's mental health:

 
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