Mental Health and Well Being Resources
Statement of Intent
At Copley Academy, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff.
We have a supportive and caring ethos and our approach is respectful and kind, where each individual and contribution is valued. This is based around our GREAT Expectations.
At our Academy we know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our Academy we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships.
- promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count.
- encourage children to be confident and ‘show their brave’
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks.
We promote a mentally healthy environment through:
- Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging.
- Promoting pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision-making
- Celebrating academic and non-academic achievements
- Providing opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
- Providing opportunities to reflect.
- Access to appropriate support that meets their needs
We pursue our aims through:
- Universal, whole school approaches
- Support for pupils going through recent difficulties including bereavement.
- Specialised, targeted approaches aimed at pupils with more complex or long-term difficulties including attachment disorder.
This policy should be read in conjunction with our Medical policy and our SEND policy in cases where pupils mental health needs overlap with these. This policy should also be read in conjunction with policies for Behaviour. It should also sit alongside child protection procedures.
Lead Members of Staff
Whilst all staff have a responsibility to promote the mental health of students, staff with a specific, relevant remit include:
Mr D. O’Brien
Mrs S. Sinclair
Teaching about Mental Health
The skills, knowledge and understanding needed by our students to keep themselves mentally healthy and safe are included as part of our developmental Life Studies curriculum, the tutor programme and drop-down events.
The school will offer support through targeted approaches for individual pupils or groups of pupils which may include:
- LPSO cohort and mentoring
- Counselling or access to a Mental Health Practitioner
- Mental Health First Aid
- Bridge intervention- such as lego therapy
- Voice of the Child
- Boxall Profile
- Attendance Improvement Plan
We will ensure that staff, pupils and parents are aware of what support is available within our school and how to access further support.
Identifying needs and Warning Signs
Staff monitor and report on their pupils through a range of procedures including interims reports, CPOMs, and the Bridge referral system to comment on
- Attitude to Learning
- Physical indicators
- Number of comments/number of internal/FTEs
- Family circumstances
- Recent bereavement
- Health indicators
School staff may also become aware of warning signs which indicate a student is experiencing mental health or emotional wellbeing issues. These warning signs should always be taken seriously and staff observing any of these warning signs should communicate their concerns with the designated child protection and safeguarding officer or the emotional wellbeing lead as appropriate.
Possible warning signs include:
- Changes in eating / sleeping habits
- Becoming socially withdrawn
- Changes in activity and mood
- Talking or joking about self-harm or suicide
- Expressing feelings of failure, uselessness or loss of hope
- Repeated physical pain or nausea with no evident cause
- An increase in lateness or absenteeism
Working with Parents
In order to support parents we will:
- Highlight sources of information and support about mental health and emotional wellbeing on our school website
- Share and allow parents to access sources of further support e.g. through parent forums.
- Ensure that all parents are aware of who to talk to, and how to get about this, if they have concerns about their child.
- Make our emotional wellbeing and mental health policy easily accessible to parents
- Share ideas about how parents can support positive mental health in their children.
Working with other agencies and partners
As part of our targeted provision the school will work with other agencies to support children’s emotional health and wellbeing including:
- The school nurse
- Educational psychology services
- Behaviour support through pupil referral units
- Healthy Young Minds
- Other local services, e.g. MATT
As a minimum, all staff will receive regular training about recognising and responding to mental health issues as part of their regular child protection training in order to enable them to keep students safe.
Training opportunities for staff who require more in-depth knowledge will be considered as part of our performance management process and additional CPD will be supported throughout the year where it becomes appropriate due to developing situations with one or more pupils.
Smoking, Drugs and Alcohol
National Drugs Helpline- 0800 776600
Smoke Free NHS
https://thecureproject.co.uk/ (Greater Manchester)
Butterfly Project (girls)
Phoenix Project (boys) 0800 9888376
In times of crisis
Childline 0800 1111
Samaritans 116 123
Hub of Hope
National mental health database- will find all local services relating to mental health
The Anthony Seddon Centre- https://tasfund.org.uk/
An organisation set up by a Tameside family to support people with mental health issues in the local area.
Apps and Websites
The Place to Be- https://www.place2be.org.uk/
A charity that specialises in supporting children and their families with their mental health needs through a range of different services.
The most well know are
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An app to help young people develop mindfulness and relaxation skills.
MindShift is a free app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it. Lists symptoms of anxiety. Offers strategies to manage worry, panic, conflict, ordinary anxiety, and three specialised categories of anxiety: test anxiety, social anxiety, and perfectionism. Also contains relaxation exercises.
A website/app which lets you track moods and sleep patterns helping to manage depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.
MoodGYM is a free, fun, interactive program to help young people with low mood. Based on cognitive behaviour and interpersonal therapy, it consists of five modules, which help you to explore:
– Why you feel the way you do
– Changing the way you think
– Knowing what makes you upset
– Assertiveness and interpersonal skills training
Recovery Record is the smart companion for managing your journey to recovery from eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, obsessive eating disorder, binge eating disorder and compulsive eating disorder.
Rise Up + Recover
Rise Up + Recover is just the app for you if you are struggling with food, dieting, exercise and body image. Based off self-monitoring homework, a cornerstone of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), it is a simple and convenient app that has been used millions of time around the world.
SmilingMind is modern meditation for young people from 7 years up. It is a free web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives. Smiling Mind was created in Australia and is aimed at helping young people de-stress and stay calm. There are tailored programmes for different age groups.
SuperBetter is a free web and app based programme created by game designers. Playing SuperBetter helps build personal resilience: the ability to stay strong, motivated, and optimistic even in the face of difficult challenges. Resilience has a powerful effect on health – by boosting physical and emotional well-being. SuperBetter is for young people over the age of 13 who want to feel happier, healthier, and more able to reach their goals.