Think well; live well; learn well
The staff and governors of Waberthwaite C of E School are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the whole school community (pupils, staff, parents, governors and the wider community).
We have staff trained in school to support children with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. We have 2 members of staff who are trained in Children's Mental Health First Aid. Most of our staff have also completed Level 2 Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health.
Our Mental Health Lead is Mrs Isherwood.
Our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) is Mrs Kirkbride-Woodend.
Our Wellbeing Governor is John Moffat.
We also have staff trained to deliver a range of programmes including:
Drawing and Talking therapy
Useful links and resources for families and young people
Getting Support for Mental Health
Having good mental health means that we can cope with the normal stresses in life. With the challenges brought by the pandemic, we may notice that we and those in our family start to feel anxious, angry, overwhelmed or tearful in situations that we would have ordinarily managed without a second thought.
The current situation has brought traumatic experiences, social isolation, a loss of routine and a breakdown of formal and informal support, leaving many people experiencing poor mental health for the first time. It is important to acknowledge that your thoughts and reactions to the pandemic are normal and you are not alone.
Maybe your child is:
• struggling with concentration or listening
• appears more sensitive or is displaying unusually difficult behaviour
• is becoming more distressed and anxious
This could be a response to the current situation and is also a normal response.
An Action for Children study has reported 1 in 3 parents /carers felt out of their depth when it came to supporting their child’s mental health during lockdown. It is important to remember that you ‘can’t pour from an empty cup’ so taking care of your own mental health is paramount to supporting the mental health of your child.
Welcome to the THRIVE model. We want all our children, young people and families to thrive, but from time to time we all have moments where we struggle – regardless of our age! Most children and young people are thriving, however, from time to time, they may find themselves in any one of the other groups which make up the THRIVE model.
We have developed a pathway to help parent/carers (and young people themselves) understand what they might be seeing and feeling and who can help.