Mental Health and Wellbeing
How do we help our pupils to be ready for challenges?
We have a well-planned Relationships and Health Education curriculum that all children take part in each week. We follow the Coram Life Education programme which covers Me and My Relationships, Valuing Difference, Keeping Safe, Rights and Respect, Being my Best and Growing and Changing. This curriculum helps our pupils to become emotionally literate, understand the importance of families and caring relationships, respect those who are different and feel comfortable about sharing their feelings and emotions as a normal part of school life.
A part of our school life we:
What do we have on offer here to help your child?
Support Circles: All our pupils have identified the trusted adults in their Support Circles and we encourage children to speak to their trusted adults at school and at home, if they are facing challenges.
Meaningful Minds: A self-referral service to give pupils extra support for their emotional wellbeing. It is run by Gladys Barcelo every Tuesday lunchtime and children can sign up by putting a slip in her box in the lunch hall.
Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP): We have an EMPH working with us every Thursday. Her name is Sarah Davy and she will be able to provide direct, rapid access to treatment interventions for emotional well-being difficulties. The aim is to provide additional wellbeing support to reduce treatment waiting times for children.
ConnectED Mental Health Services: We have a trained therapist who works 1:1 with children experiencing a range of challenges. This specialist support ensures vulnerable children and young people can develop resilience, achieve their full potential and have better chances in life. Our therapist is called Enrique Sanchez and he is with us every Tuesday.
Rainbows Bereavement Support: We have three members of staff who are trained in Rainbows so any child grieving a significant and often devastating loss in their lives can be understood and supported appropriately. It gives children a safe space to talk about their feelings.
Child and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS): Westminster CAMHS provides community mental health services to children, young people and their families with complex mental health difficulties, in a range of different ways depending on their needs. We can make referrals to CAMHS or if you prefer you can go via your GP.
Early Help: In Westminster, the term early help to refer to any extra support you may need for your family. This can range from providing information, to support in your home or recommending courses that might be helpful for you. You might already be using some of these services. Many organisations across Westminster provide early help and we try to work together to make it as easy as possible for you to get the right support, at the right time in the right place. At St Peter’s we have strong links with Early Help and we can put in touch with the right person.
If you would like to find out about any of the services listed above or just want a chat then please contact Mrs Friedman or any member of our staff.
Tips for talking to children about mental health can be found using these two links:
Calming and breathing strategies for parents to use with their children
Finger Breathing Pooky: - (Pooky Knightsmith)
Box Breathing Pooky (Pooky Knightsmith)
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Urgent Support for Mental Health