Mental Health and Wellbeing

At St Mary’s the wellbeing of our staff and students is paramount. We have a partnership with With Me In Mind, where we are working together to create a mentally healthy school. We have a trained Emotional Literacy Support Advocate (ELSA), who works with children individually and in small groups, focusing on common mental health and wellbeing concerns. These include anxiety, self-esteem, low self-confidence and bereavement, among many others.

We also have children in school who have trained as Wellbeing Ambassadors, spending their own playtimes looking out for the wellbeing of their peers and carrying out activities and whole school events for the benefit of the whole school community.

Wellbeing resources

Activities For Supporting Wellbeing At Home

The Anxious Child Booklet

You’re Never Too Young To Talk Mental Health

Reducing Separation Anxiety

The Worry Time Technique

Wellbeing Policy

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers (NSPCC)

The NSPCC has created a number of resources to support parents and carers during this difficult time. Topics include:

  • Talking to a child worried about coronavirus
  • Parents working from home
  • Children staying home alone
  • Lockdown and separated parents
  • How to cope with tantrums and other difficult behaviour

Andrew Hall, Safeguarding consultant, has recommended the following resources:

Beating Your Worries is a useful booklet to use to support your child if they are struggling with anxiety while in lockdown. It is produced by Sophie Wragg and is aimed at children aged 9 +.

Beating Your Worries