This policy should be read in conjunction with the school’s child protection and safeguarding policy.
Mental health is 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. (World Health Organization)
At our school, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and student body. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable students. In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health. In an average classroom, three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health policies and procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for students affected both directly, and indirectly by mental ill health.
The Policy Aims to:
Promote positive mental health in all staff and students
Increase understanding and awareness of common mental health issues
Alert staff to early warning signs of mental ill health
Provide support to staff working with young people with mental health issues
Provide support to students suffering mental ill health and their peers and parents/carers