Mental Health and Well-being

The World Health Organisation states that "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" and that "mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community."
Mental health and well-being are fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, feel, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life and the promotion, protection and restoration of mental health is a vital concern of individuals and communities. At Wadebridge School we feel that good mental health and well-being can best be realised through creating a whole school culture that seeks to promote positive relationships throughout our community and implementing targeted and specific actions to promote the health and well-being of our students, parents and staff. In order to help us achieve this we are using the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mantal Health in Schools award as a recognised and respected quality mark in this area. More details of this scheme can be accessed here.
A variety of resources to support young people and their parents experiencing problems with mental health can be found here.
MindEd for families has a wealth of high quality resources on topics such as: parenting tips; talking to a teenager; building confidence and resilience; anger and aggression; sleep difficulties, family relationship problems; drug and alcohol use; eating disorders; poor concentration and over-activity; flashback, trauma and bullying; mood swings and muddled thinking; sex and sexuality; autistic spectrum disorders, tics and twitches ...
Headmeds is a website designed to give information relating to mental health conditions and medication.
Di Lobbett's website Potent Parenting has many useful resources relating to bringing up children - Di works with the school on a regular basis and we can arrange for parents to receive a consultation.

The following articles and videos have been created by Pooky Knightsmith, an internationally respected commentator and writer on child and adolescent mental health.


Blogs and Articles


Recognising and responding to faulty thinking patterns

4 ideas for supporting a child with anxiety

Helping Children Overcome School Refusal

How to Listen so Young People Feel Supported

 7 Simple Ways to Calm Anxious Thoughts and Feelings

Anxiety: 6 ways to make life more manageable 

 What Not to Say if a Child is Self-harming

 Promoting Positive Body Image

 4 strategies for Getting Through Panic Attacks

Eating Disorders: 10 Warning Signs 

 7 Guidelines for Supporting A Loved One with an Eating Disorder

 Using Mindful Moments to Reduce Anxiety

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