Families -

Children’s mental health

Kindness is free, sprinkle that stuff everywhere.

At St Anne’s we feel we have an important role to play in helping children  develop their emotional well-being and a growth mind-set.    We promote positive mental health as we believe this will improve a range of outcomes for children including attitudes to learning and better attendance.  This is supported by our ethos “Learn to love…Love to learn” and our school values:

Fellowship- responsibility

Justice

Service

Compassion

Humility

Creativity

Hope

Friendship

Perseverance

Peace

Wisdom

Please take a look at this video – Talking Mental Health by Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Sometimes, additional support is required and we can offer this via our Learning Mentors – Mrs Few and Miss Hockey.   They are both ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) assistants which means they are trained in topics such as social skills, emotions, bereavement, social and therapeutic stories, anger management, self-esteem, counselling skills such as solution focused and friendship.  Our Learning Mentors will work with a child either individually or sometimes in a small group, using activities targeted to the child’s needs.  Our Learning Mentors also attend regular clinical supervision with an Educational Psychologist and meets with other locally trained ELSAs to offer support and swap good practice.  For more information about the Learning Mentor role, please see the Learning Mentor page in the About Us area of the website.

We also believe these websites could provide families with additional support and advice:

Hey Sigmund

Young minds website

Place2be website

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

There are also a number of useful contacts available within the Mental Health Liaison Team – Weston General Hospital – http://www.awp.nhs.uk/media/788425/mental-health-liaison-weston.pdf

Samaritans Freephone 116 123

SANELINE 0845 767 8000

Alcoholics Anonymous 0845 769 7555

No Panic 0808 808 0545

Womankind 0845 458 2914

Addaction 01934 427 940

National Drug Helpline 0800 776 600

NHS Direct 0845 4647