Mental Health and Well-being
Over 50% of mental illnesses start before the age of 14 and 1 in 10 children and young people has a mental health disorder. Schools are on the frontline when it comes to supporting children and young people’s mental wellbeing. Staff working in schools are ideally placed to recognise and respond to early signs of mental health difficulties in children and young people.
Anna Freud Centre, 2022
Well-being has many facets and we adopt a whole-school approach in order to improve pupils’ well-being, involving both teachers and parents.
Sometimes an individual, personalised approach is needed and we also provide lessons focused on the responsible use of the Internet, the need to adopt a healthy lifestyle and how to prevent or cope with health problems. This is in collaboration with those involved, including health and social services, local authorities and civil society organisations and often forms an embedded part of the Mantle of the Expert approach.
We have a fully trained Designated Mental Health Lead, 4 Mental Health First Aiders, A trauma aware counsellor and firm links to an external, independent, counselling service.
As with all aspects of school life, we are constantly updating the efficacy of our approach. For our Action Plan or more information on Personal development at Grimley and Holt click on the links below.