When we think and talk about mental health and wellbeing at Yew Tree, we use the World Health Organisation’s definition:
“ a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”.
We are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all children and adults in the school community. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable, and at times anyone may need additional emotional support.
To implement the above vision, the Principal and Governors committed to apply for the Wellbeing Award, development of a Change Team within a based in school in Spring 2019.
The Change team will be responsible for promoting the wellbeing and positive mental health of pupils, staff and parents.
Please click on the link below for more information for families:
We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play to ensure that all members of our community:
feel confident in themselves
be able to express a range of emotions appropriately
be able to make and maintain positive relationships with others
cope with the stresses of everyday life.
manage times of stress and be able to deal with change.
learn and achieve
We take a whole school approach to promoting positive mental health that aims to help children and adults become more resilient, happy and successful and to prevent problems before they arise. This encompasses eight aspects:
Creating an ethos, policies and behaviours that support mental health and resilience, and which everyone understands.
Helping children and adults to develop social relationships, support each other and seek help when they need it.
Helping children and adults to be resilient learners.
Teaching social and emotional skills and an awareness of mental health.
Early identification of children and adults who have mental health needs and planning support to meet their needs, including working with specialist services.
Effectively working with parents and carers.
Supporting and training staff to develop their skills and their own resilience.
Ensuring school workload is conducive to achieving an appropriate work-life balance
We also recognise the role that stigma can play in preventing understanding and awareness of mental health issues. We therefore aim to create an open and positive culture that encourages discussion and understanding of these issues.
Excellent resource called ‘Mind Plan’- you answer a few questions and it gives you ideas to support you in your own emotional and mental wellbeing. Tabs that cover topics such as mental wellbeing, stress, sleep, low mood. Links to helpful apps as well.
Excellent website primarily for young people but has sections for parents. Lots of helpful links for young people to follow on topics like conditions, symptoms, looking after yourself. There are also publications you can download or buy on topics such as depression, mental illness in your family, depression and eating
Lots of information and support and specific section on the workplace and mental health. Access to telephone support, urgent help and information if you want to support other in areas such as anger, anxiety, bereavement etc