Mental Health & Well being
At Seton School we are determined to promote and support our children's well-being and to help them to develop habits for a healthy lifestyle.
Healthy bodies and healthy minds are crucial foundations for well-being. Our curriculum includes regular opportunities to explore and learn about both. We give children the vocabulary, the understanding and the confidence to recognise and respond to their own developing needs. We ensure that all children know where they can access help from when they need it.
From time to time, children may benefit from additional support and we offer personalised sessions with highly experienced, trained staff. We have access to a wide range of support agencies and can quickly signpost families to these when needed.
If you would like any further information, please contact Miss Laven, who is our SENDCO and Mental Health First-Aider.
Children's Mental Health
What does mental health mean?
Mental health is an individual's cognitive, behavioural and emotional wellbeing (Mind, 2020). It's something we all have - including every child and young person.
We use the term "mental health issues" to refer to mental health problems, conditions and mental illnesses. These issues may or may not be medically diagnosed.
Families can access a wide range of information and support via the NSPCC's website. Click on the link here for help with topics such as:
- feelings, including support on managing anxiety
- bullying and cyberbullying, including tips on taking care of your mental health
- friends, relationships and sex
- family relationships.
Our `Health and Wellbeing Champion' is Miss Laven. Please contact her or any other member of staff if you would like to discuss concerns. All staff are trained and experienced in dealing with a variety of health and well-being issues. In addition, Miss Laven is a Mental Health First Aider.
The benefits of exercise on well-being are well documented.
Staying physically active can have positive effects on mental health. It can reduce stress, anxiety and other mental health issues, and increase self-esteem (Mental Health Foundation, 2020; NHS, 2019).
At Seton School we encourage children to build physical activity into their daily routines, from talking a daily walk or run during our Daily Mile, to participating in sports activities at lunchtimes and to participating in extra-curricular sports activities and events.