Here at Vernon Primary School the emotional wellbeing and positive mental health of our children is paramount.
As a school we have a range of systems in place to support children if a concern is identified. We also take a positive view on early intervention and prevention and so there are lots of things that are embedded within the curriculum that are delivered to all children across the school.
We use the MyHappyMind programme of materials and thread these through our PSHE curriculum during weekly sessions to focus on developing children's emotional and mental wellbeing.
Within the school Miss Wood the Pastoral Manager delivers a variety of both group and 1-1 interventions to support children's emotional wellbeing and positive mental health. If you have any concerns about your child please speak with your child's class teacher or Miss Wood. This can be done via the school office.
Support for Parents/Carers & Children
Urgent Mental Health Support
We hope you find this information helpful.
Local NHS Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP), has a mental health helpline for residents of Cheshire West, Cheshire East and Wirral. .
What to do if you need urgent mental health help:
- Please call the Mental Health Helpline 0300 303 3972 if you need urgent mental health support. Our dedicated local NHS staff will support you to access the help you need;
- The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people;
- The helpline is now the first port of call for mental health help – it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you. If you call NHS111 you may have to wait longer for help and will be re-directed to this local service – so call 0300 303 3972;
- Please note, A&E and 999 are not the best places to get help for the majority of mental health problems – call 0300 303 3972 to be directed to the best local service to support you;
- You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency requiring mental or physical health assistance;
- For non-urgent help and general wellbeing advice, the CWP website contains information and links to resources to support people with anxiety, low mood, and worries relating to the current Covid-19 pandemic www.cwp.nhs.uk
- For children and young people there is also a dedicated website MyMind.org.uk.
Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's (CWP) nationally recognised Child and Adolescent Mental Health website 'MyMind' is a dedicated website for yound people across Cheshire and Wirral experiencing mental health difficulties.
MyMind provides advice and guidance around the key topics identified as most important to young people and their families: how to cope with mental health challenges and how to get help and what to do in a crisis.
The site includes a host of interactive self-help resources for young people and parents/carers around the topics of Mood, Lifestyle and Relationships, as well as details on local health mental health services in your area.
On My Mind (Anna Freud Centre)
Mental Health organisation, Anna Freud, have curated a set of resources to 'empower young people to make informed choices about heir mental health and wellbeing'. This area of their website has been co-produced with young people themselves.
The 'On My Mind' section includes a Youth Wellbeing Directory, to help locate local services; 90+ strategies to help when feeling low or anxious, especially when self-isolating; and what to do to help a friend or relative. For more information click the image above.
The Anna Freud Centre has put together a list of self-help apps which are approved either by the NHS, ORCHA or Our Mobile Health and are free to download. These organisations take the apps through a robust process of review to ensure they are safe and appropriate for your child to use.
Beacon House: Looking after your eyes, body and mind when using screens
We are spending more time online than ever before. There is a tendency to take fewer breaks and less exercise and this is affecting our physical well-being. Beacon House the specialist, therapeutic service for young people, families and adults has produced a series of six posters outlining ways to keep safe and alert when working at home, whether children or adults. See the resources section below.
Further Beacon House resources can be found on their website here:
Children's Mental Health Week
Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 will take place from 6-12 February 2023. This year’s theme is Let’s Connect. When our need for rewarding social connections is not met, we can sometimes feel isolated and lonely – which can have a negative impact on our mental health.
Let's Connect is about making meaningful connections for all, during Children's Mental Health Week - and beyond.
Reading Well for children provides quality-assured information, stories and advice to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.
The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11), but includes titles aimed at a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers.