Health and Well-being
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 Organisation
At Merryhills, we aim to promote and nurture positive mental health for every member of our school community in line with our school vision and values. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable children. In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to those showing signs of poor mental health.
|As a school, we ensure children learn about:
|As a school, we support children to:
|As a school, we promote positive mental health through:
We like to celebrate our many successes together by:
- Recognition Boards in every classroom
- Displaying pupil’s work
- Achievement award assembly each week: Writer of the Week, Values Award and Above and Beyond
- Time to be Merry
- Class assemblies
- School newsletters
- House points
Merryhills offers pupils many opportunities to do physical activities as well as opportunities to relax which both are ways to promote well-being and positive mental health.
- Library sessions
- Active learning
- Themed days
- Residential visits
- Educational day visits
- Before and after school clubs
- Time to be Merry
What to do if I am worried about my child's mental health?
- Go to your GP as a first port of call as they are a useful place to gain medical support and signposting of local services.
- Talk to your child’s class teacher or teaching assistant about your child's needs or your concerns.
- Talk to the school’s SENDCO/Designated Mental Health and Well-being lead (Ms Ioakim).
- Contact Young Minds - the Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to anyone worried about a child or young person under 25.