This week, February 7th-13th is Children’s Mental Health Week, this year's theme is Growing Together and Place 2 Be are encouraging children (and adults) to consider how they have grown and how they can help others to grow.
50% of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14. This week, Place 2 Be is shining a spotlight on the importance of children and young people's mental health. They are always working to make sure no child or young person faces mental health problems on their own.
At Terra Nova our pupils will be discussing mental health and wellbeing throughout the week. Our teachers have organised various activities to help our pupils understand the importance of looking after their mental and emotional health and to think about the people that help them to grow.
On Monday morning our Year 1 pupils created ‘support balloons’, they were encouraged to consider those in their lives who help them to grow and who they can turn to when things get tough or they need support. Their balloons included family members, teachers and their friends. This activity helps to teach the children the importance of allowing themselves to share their feelings and worries with people they feel safe with.
Having a strong pastoral practice is very important to us, pupils are encouraged to talk about their worries with someone they feel comfortable with. Across our school grounds are multiple posters that inform our pupils with whom they can talk to. Such as members of the pastoral team, teachers, fellow children, family and the safeguarding team. Additionally we have posters showing when and where they can talk to Nurse Jo with anything troubling them. Our school councillor Mrs Sissons is located in our wellbeing hub for pupils to pop in for a chat whenever they feel it needed.
Mrs Scissons, our School Counsellor comments:
“Children’s mental health awareness week presents a fantastic opportunity to shine a light on such an important topic. Talking about mental health is vital, particularly given what our children have experienced over the last 2 years, and it is pleasing to see the growing prominence of mental health in public discourse. As a school counsellor, one of the most amazing things I have witnessed over recent years is the decrease in stigma around children and young people being open about their mental health, which has led to an increase in their willingness to access support. This trend is truly heartening and is a positive indicator for the future of our children.”
Additionally, Mr Pearson, Assistant Headteacher will be discussing the importance of Internet Safety in this week's Junior and Senior Assemblies, linking the topic to both Internet Safety Day and looking after our mental health.
Learn more at childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk