Mental Health and Well being
At Trinity, we are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff to ensure that the school is a community where everyone is able to thrive. Positive mental wellbeing is essential if children and young people are to flourish and lead fulfilling lives.
We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable, and at times, in need of additional emotional support. Our school believes that teaching about mental and emotional wellbeing as part of a comprehensive PSHE curriculum is vital and our pupils learn that mental wellbeing is a normal part of everyday life.. We ensure that our pupils know that good mental health is just as important as physical health and promote the link between the two.
Through our Healthy Minds lessons, we:
- Ensure pupils are able to recognise different emotions and teach coping strategies to help manage them in healthy ways.
- Learn through our Anxiety Gremlin work that anxiety is an emotion we all feel and explore different ways of managing and controlling any anxieties we may have.
- Encourage pupils to engage in and express themselves through a range of creative activities to promote wellbeing e.g. writing, yoga, art, music, construction, photography and fitness.
- Prepare and support pupils to manage times of change and stress.
- Promote and teach mindfulness (being present in the moment) to improve good mental wellbeing.
- Teach strategies to maintain positive mental health, understand what can affect their mental health and how we can help to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
We offer different levels of support:
Universal support: to meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all through our Yeti work. Children have weekly PSHE (Jigsaw) and Healthy Minds lessons. Whole school fundraising events for charities and Children’s Mental Health Week.
Additional support: For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement, eg: Oasis meetings, support from a member of the Inclusion Team.
Targeted support: For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions, eg: intervention with the Learning Mentor.