Mental Health and Wellbeing
We are a trauma informed and attachment aware school and have our Ways to Wellbeing Award,
At Amington Heath Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and well being of our pupils, parents / carers and staff.
We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
Through our Amington Adventurers, children are taught the 7 areas of RESPECT - Resilience, Empathy, Self-awareness, Positivity, Excellence, Communication and Teamwork. These areas are embedded through everything we do at Amington. We also provide many suportive sessions to help the children with their emotional and mental wellbeing further, these include:
- Forest school
- Commando Joe
- Nurture groups
- Lego therapy
If you would like to speak to any of our members of staff about any concerns you many have with your child or your own mental health and wellbeing, please do not hesitate to ask one of us.
School can also refer and signpost pupils/families to bereavement services, young carers and other local statutory and voluntary services.
Our lead teachers for Mental Health and Wellbeing are:
Mrs K Wyatt and Mrs R Fennely(SENDCO)
There are some excellent online resources available to help parents / cares and their children with mental health, including:
- MindEd, a free educational resource from Health Education England on children and young people’s mental health
- Rise Above, which aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16
- Every Mind Matters, which includes an online tool and email journey to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing
- Bereavement UK and the Childhood Bereavement Network, provide information and resources to support bereaved pupils, schools and staff
Barnardo’s See, Hear, Respond service, provides support to children, young people and their families who aren’t currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).
You can access via the ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service self-referral webpage or Freephone 0800 151 7015.
It is also vital to report any safeguarding concerns you have about any child. Contact the NSPCC helpline.
Online mental health support for Children and Young People in South Staffordshire
Working in collaboration with The Hygiene Bank, customers can simply ‘ask for Jesse’ when in store. A member of the Boots team will discreetly provide oral hygiene products to customers with children aged three to five years old.
Based in Tamworth - they work with children, young people and families to prevent difficulties becoming worse - for example, parenting support, behaviour management, financial difficulties, housing support.
Malachi work with children and young people with difficulties around their emotions and behaviour, as well as families who are experiencing difficulties at home with parenting needs, mental health, employment, financial difficulties, housing support etc.
Support for access to food, struggling to collect medication, befriending and check in calls, unemployment support, debt and finance support, home energy - Tamworth Telephone Support Line 01827 59646.
- Anyone who is worried about their financial situation and don’t know if they are entitled to any benefits.
- Families who aren’t sure what benefits they are entitled to
- Older people who may not have thought they could access any benefits
- Those whose furlough is ending
- Those who may be facing redundancy
- Those made redundant or unemployed
Wilnecote Junior and Heathfields Infant Academy are offering to distribute good quality, clean recycled clothes, and accessories for children aged 0-11 years. We have the following items available to be collected. The items have been sorted, cleaned and isolated; they are bagged in aged groups for collection. We have a range of boy and girls' clothes aged 0-11years. We also have a selection of baby items including new bottles, blankets, bibs etc. If you would like any of these items, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange a collection time for you.
Home-Start understands that being a parent, whatever your situation, can be very difficult, especially when children are young. Many parents feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the stresses of family life.
Other useful numbers & websites
These have websites and can be followed on Facebook and Twitter:
MindEd for families and Youngminds
Parent helpline 0808 802 5544
Staffs Mental Health Helpline
0808 800 2234
Text 07860 022821 (Free)
Helpline 116 123 (24hrs)
Topics include Anger, Anxiety, Body Image, bullying and family relationships
Anna Freud Resources
Childrens Mental Health Week
BBC Mental Health advice for parents
Every Mind Matters
Public Health England, with support from some of the most respected organisations in the field, launched a new mental health campaign called “Every Mind Matters” on 7th October 2019.
Every Mind Matters aims to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing by promoting a range of self-care actions.
Go to https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters for more information.
Child Anxiety workbook for parents
Helpful resources to support MH and wellbeing for young people and carers
Books, websites, apps, downloads, videos
Winston Wish - Support for grieving children
Good go to website for mental health and topics including Pants Talk and digital safety
Parent help line 0808 802 5544 for advice, signposting and emotional support