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:
Other factors are also important, including:
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 our 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
There are many organisations that can help if you are concerned about your child's mental health: