What is Mental Wellbeing?
At Batchwood School, we recognise that a positive Mental Wellbeing is a critical factor in ensuring our students’ happiness and ability to succeed and achieve. As a school, we are committed to providing a safe and understanding environment, to support and promote positive emotional wellbeing and mental health.
There are a number of different ways to define and interpret Mental Wellbeing but we follow the definition set by the World Health Organisation:
“A state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” WHO 2004
Here are some of the steps we take, as a school to provide emotional and mental health support and education to the students:
- RHSE – Mental Health education is a key component of the RHSE curriculum.
- We have two Safe Space Counsellors who attend weekly, providing individual counselling sessions for the students.
- We have a full-time Assistant Psychologist who offers regular therapeutic sessions as well as Drop-In sessions available for all students.
- A Psychiatric Nurse who offers 1:1 therapeutic sessions and outreach work weekly.
- A Mental Health Lead and Deputy responsible for overseeing the development of mental health and wellbeing.
- A dedicated Pastoral Team based in the Hub which students can access if needed.
- The School is signed onto the new government Trailblazer Scheme which involved a Educational Mental Health Practitioner coming into school to deliver low level interventions. The scheme will provide the next phase of interventions in the near future.
- The school adopts a Calm Start initiative whereby the students take part in enriching, wellbeing activities before lessons begin in order to allow students to approach academic lessons in a positive mind-set.
- The school is close to completing the work on the new Science Garden that the students can use as a reflective space as well as serving as a outdoor therapeutic space.
- We also offer targeted Mentoring with staff members and external providers, focusing on wellbeing, emotional resilience as well as general support
Please find useful resources regarding self-harm behaviours:
National Self-Harm Network - www.nshn.co.uk
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) - www.thecalmzone.net
– offer support to young males who are struggling with low mood, self-harm or suicidal thoughts.
The OLLIE Foundation - theolliefoundation.org
– information on where you can seek further support if you’re having suicidal thoughts.
Here are some websites designed for Children/Young People as well as Adults.
Young Minds - youngminds.org.uk
– Provides information about all things mental health.
Mind (Hertfordshire Network) www.hertsmindnetwork.org
– for better Mental Health
Kooth - www.kooth.com
– Provides free, anonymous online counselling for 10-25 year olds.
Transforming Children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper
– Government Green Paper (2017)
These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. They do not signify that we endorse the websites or organisations. We have no responsibility for the content of the linked websites.
If you have any concerns about the mental health of a student (or if you are a student yourself) contact Miss Graham (Mental Health Lead) or Robin Hunter (Deputy Mental Health Lead) on: