Emotional Well Being and Mental Health

Your Mental Health and Well-Being is so important.

Your mental health is as important as your physical health.

It determines how you handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

You are going to have good and bad days. You are going to have lessons that you are thriving in and some that you will find a real struggle. You will have days when you just want to be alone, when friends may upset you or let you down.

It is common to feel a mix of emotion during your school years. You are developing, learning and discovering who you are so go easy on yourself, take good care of both your physical and mental well-being and remember to talk to somebody if you need to.

Where to go for support in school?

  • Mrs Richards
  • Learning Managers
  • Your VMG Tutor
  • Your classroom teachers.

We are all here to help.

Mrs Richards has VMG time available on a FRIDAY if you need advice, help, support or just a chat.
There is a Well-Being VMG programme you can sign up for and a ‘Little Bit of Goodness’ group on a MONDAY. Pop along to E12 to see Mrs Richards if you want to know more.

Young Minds are a fantastic charity whose mission is to improve the lives of young people all over the UK.
CLICK HERE and it will take you to the support pages of their website where you can find specific advice and guidance on issues you may be experiencing:

HeadStart

HeadStart – giving all Middlesbrough’s children and young people the necessary support to build resilience to achieve good emotional health.

The aim of the HeadStart school programme is to make sure that children and young people are happy and enjoy their time at school. There are many things that impact on the emotional well-being of children; falling out with friends, the pressures of social media, keeping up with studies. We want all our pupils to have good emotional health, to have the skills and confidence to cope, solve problems, achieve well and be happy.

HeadStart is a whole school approach where everyone feels safe and comfortable to be themselves, learn and develop in a positive environment and access support when needed.

HeadStart services within school are:

Staff development – our staff have access to training that enables them to be able to better respond to the emotional needs of pupils.

HeadStart Reach partnership – delivering support to pupils who may be struggling at an early stage to stop issues from escalating.

Transition – support offered for young people to make the move from primary to secondary as easy as possible.

HeadStarters – a training pathway for young people to develop school based projects and support the delivery of HeadStart.

Our school is committed to the HeadStart principles to allow every young person to have the best possible experience and outcomes throughout their school journey.

For even more information and support from Young Minds please click the links on the information posters below:

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HeadStart: @HeadStart_Boro

Young Minds UK: @YoungMindsUK

There are some common life events that may affect your Mental Wellbeing:

  • Loss or bereavement.
  • Loneliness.
  • Relationship problems.
  • Issues at school.
  • Worries about money.

Everyone deserves to feel good and there are steps you can take to maintain and improve your Mental Wellbeing:

  • Build positive relationships.
  • Take time for yourself.
  • Look after your mental health.
  • Look after your physical health.

What can you do in school to gain Mental Wellbeing?

  • Be open and talk about your feelings with your friends.
  • Associate yourself with positive people.
  • Join an enrichment club.
  • Speak to a member of staff.
  • Talk to your Learning Manager.
  • Tell the Inclusion Team.
  • Get involved with the Peer Mentors.
  • Get physically active (a Health body and mind are closely linked).