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Mental Health & Wellbeing

 

At Upperby Primary School, we have always valued and recognised the importance of supporting our children to be happy, healthy resilient individuals who can cope with life’s challenges.  All of our staff work hard to support the mental health and well-being of all the children and adults in our school community.  We aim to take away the stigma and negativity and help our pupils and families to talk openly.

 

Please use this page to help you find out about how our school supports your child’s mental health and to access resources and support for any concerns you may have about a child’s mental health.

 

Our School’s Designated Mental Health Ambassadors are:

Mrs Burns (Deputy Headteacher)

Miss Wilson (PSHE Subject Lead)

Mrs Chan (Pastoral Support)

 

 

Click on the picture to view the whole booklet.

 

If you need help with Child Mental Health

 

It may be that your child is currently displaying: low mood, worry, social anxiety, separation anxiety, panic, obessesions or compulsions.  You may be experiencing mental health issues yourself and are conscious that this may be impacting upon your child or children.    

 

If you feel you child or children would benefit from support within school, please do contact us. 

  

 

Carlisle Mental Health Support Team

We are lucky enough to be working with two trainee Educational Mental Health Practitioners this academic year.  Kate and Jenny will be supporting children and their families who require additional support.  Please see their profiles below.

Mental Health week 2021

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 is NATURE!

 

Nature and our mental health

Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, that it’s almost impossible to realise good mental health for all without a greater connection to the natural world. For most of human history, we lived as part of nature. 

 

During Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, the Mental Health Foundation will pull together the evidence that demonstrates the powerful benefits of nature for our mental health and look at nature’s unique ability to not only bring consolation in times of stress, but also increase our creativity, empathy and a sense of wonder. It turns out that it is not just being in nature but how we open ourselves up and interact with nature that counts. Even small contacts with nature can reduce feelings of social isolation and be effective in protecting our mental health, and preventing distress.

Nature is our great untapped resource for a mentally healthy future.

 

Despite this, many of us are not accessing or benefitting from nature. Teenagers in particular appear to be less connected with nature and around 13% of UK households have no access to a garden. We want to challenge the disparities in who is and who isn’t able to experience nature. Nature is not a luxury. It is a resource that must be available for everyone to enjoy - as basic as having access to clean water or a safe roof over our heads. Local and national governments need to consider their role in making this a reality for everyone, and we will be talking about how they can do so during the week.

 

For more information visit...

Why Nature is the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 | Mental Health Foundation

 

Where you can find out Mental Health Foundations goals for the week, what you can do and how to get further advice! For Frequently Asked Questions follow the link below...

Mental Health Awareness Week FAQs | Mental Health Foundation

MIND for better mental health - Explains the mental health benefits of nature and gives tips and ideas to try. Also provides information on formal ecotherapy programmes, and where to find out more.

Mental Health - This report identifies five key actions around the themes of social relationships, physical activity, awareness, learning, and giving. In general, the evidence base around the influencers of well-being is growing. Having strong social relationships, being physically active and being involved in learning are all important influencers of both well-being and ill-being. By contrast, the processes of giving and becoming more aware have been shown to specifically influence well-being in a positive way. A combination of all of these behaviours will help to enhance individual well-being and may have the potential to reduce the total number of people who develop mental health disorders in the longer term.

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