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Weekly Message from the Headteacher

Thursday 10th October was World Mental Health day.  It is amazing how far we have come as a nation where we are able to speak about mental health and wellness across all areas of life. When I was at school we didn’t learn about mental wellbeing and issues were hushed up. There was little support for people who were struggling and no consistent approach from the education or health sector.

However, in our school, we recognise that all children need to understand about mental health and wellbeing and we teach this through our Curriculum in a way that is accessible to children according to their level of maturity. We promote ‘5 steps to wellbeing’ as a healthy lifestyle. This encourages children (and their families) to enjoy activities which keep the mind healthy.  These are:

  • Connect
  • Be active
  • Take notice
  • Keep learning
  • Give

 

https://www.mindingyourhead.info/take-5-steps-wellbeing

Mental and emotional issues can occur to anyone at any time. Very young children can suffer with issues linked to depression and anxiety. If you are concerned about your child, please come and speak to your child’s teacher or myself and we can help with accessing support.

If you are struggling with your mental health or that of a relative, please seek help. Your GP can signpost you to services in the local area. There are also resources available at:

 

https://www.mindingyourhead.info/resources

 

I would also recommend this document about managing stress.

https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/sites/default/files/2019-01/Steps_for_stress_11_18_final.pdf

 

Enjoy a happy and healthy weekend with your family.

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