Park Junior School

Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health

Emotional Well-being & Mental Health

The mental health and emotional well-being of our children and staff is extremely important. At Park Junior School, we believe in equipping our pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to be in charge of their own wellbeing. We do this through regular PSHE lessons to introduce them to a range of positive topics such as wellbeing, resilience, personal responsibility, growth mind-sets, kindness, mindfulness and appreciation.

At Park Junior School, we help children to understand their emotions and ensure they feel comfortable sharing concerns or worries. We support their social needs, promote self-esteem and develop their confidence and emotional resilience. We support students how to self-regulate and manage their complex feelings and experiences, by providing them with strategies to communicate their emotions and feelings in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

To further promote awareness of mental well-being, at Park Junior School we follow ‘Sometimes My Brain Hurts’.

With consent from parents or carers, Emotional Literacy Support Assistant sessions can be especially helpful when children feel particularly sad, confused, fearful or angry, due to family problems such as separation or illness, or even death. Children are encouraged to express and think about their worries, through talking, creative work and play. Trained adults called ELSAs support this process, helping children to find new ways of coping with difficulties so they do not get in the way of friendships or learning.

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