Developing Mental Health in Primary Schools
Mental health promotion involves creating and enhancing environments that support the development of mental well-being and healthy lifestyles. Research shows that mental health and resilience is most effective when it takes place early in a person’s life.
There is much evidence that students learn more effectively, if they are happy in their work, believe in themselves, their teachers and feel the school is supporting them. Children can be exposed to many factors which influence their mental health and well-being. While these are often mostly located in the home or wider society, schools can be a powerful force in minimising risk factors and promoting & protecting emotional health and wellbeing.
In this blog we will demonstrate the importance of primary education, mental health and resilience. Please read on to find out more…
Teach Mental Health and Resilience in Primary Schools
Primary schools can provide a safe and supportive environment for building life skills and resilience and a strong sense of belonging to the school. Fostering healthy relationships with peers, teachers and school staff are essential to children’s positive experience of school and their emotional development. The needs and well-being of school staff are also of paramount importance.
At Worth-it Projects we believe the key to successful implementation of a positive emotional health and a resilience building culture is to take a coordinated whole-school approach.
Mental health and resilience should permeate all aspects of school life and learning. Primary schools should therefore put systems in place to promote mental health and well-being and thus build resilience in both staff and students to help prepare them to cope with a range of life events.
The Role of Primary Schools in Positive Mental Health
Promoting good emotional health and wellbeing of children is an increasingly important function in schools, is now recognised as a shared responsibility and most importantly promoting good emotional health, preventing mental health issues and identifying mental health problems early is essential. Consequently, better basic knowledge of mental health is needed throughout primary schools and in addition school staff require sufficient support, time and resources to develop their knowledge and expertise.
This is where Worth-it Projects have the knowledge and expertise to help primary schools apply practical approaches to promoting and protecting wellbeing. We specialise in early intervention and prevention of mental health problems, through improving emotional health and mental wellbeing of children, young people and schools.
Worth-it and Mental Health in Primary Education
We develop mental health in primary schools, through a whole school wellbeing approach, workforce development and targeted support for students. We have created unique evidence based wellbeing training that supports practitioners to develop skills which build resilience and promote and protect emotional health and mental wellbeing of children.
Our approach aims to protect positive mental health, enhance the capacity of children to cope with difficult situations and reduces the likelihood that a mental health problem will develop. Other outcomes and benefits of our training include:
- positive relationships with peers and teachers
- a positive school climate
- a sense of belonging
- sense of security
- effective school policies related to mental health & resilience
- opportunities for social and emotional learning
- development of problem solving skills
- positive mental health of school personnel
- support and professional development for teachers
We are delighted to be working with a number of primary schools on developing a whole school approach to mental health and we will be of providing further workshops for primary school staff. Please keep an eye on our events pages for upcoming dates and locations.
If you would like to discuss anything covered in this blog or would like further details on how to commission our services in your school, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01530 835155 or via [email protected]