Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realizes 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 his or her community.
(World Health Organization)
At Water Street we recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives, in just the same way as physical health. We see our school as being a place for children to experience a nurturing and supportive environment, which has the potential to develop self-esteem and give positive experiences for overcoming adversity and building resilience. We aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for all of our staff and children. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialized, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable children.
In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognize and respond to mental ill health. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health policies and procedures, we can promote a safe and stable environment for pupils affected both directly and indirectly by mental ill health.
We have been working with our pupils to develop our own pupil focussed polices including:
We also have a booklet which welcomes new children and families to our school.
We hope the attached documents help to enhance your understanding, as to how as a school we are promoting and nurturing good mental health and well being.
We are working with the Carnegie Centre of Excellence to be recognised for our work in the field of Mental Health and Well Being. We hope to soon achieve the Schools Mental Health Award.