At St George's we aim to promote positive mental health for every pupil, parent/carer and member of staff.
We all have mental health, like we all have physical health.
1 in 10 children and young people will experience a mental health problem before the age of 16. That’s three students in an average-sized class. 1 in 4 adults will experience a mental health problem in any year. Even if a young person doesn’t experience mental health problems directly, the statistics above suggest he/she is likely to know someone who is affected.
At St George’s we consider that a child’s emotional health and well-being influences their cognitive development and learning, as well as their physical and social health and their mental well-being in adulthood.
By supporting and teaching skills to pupils and staff in order to increase their awareness of emotional health and well-being we are currently working towards obtaining a recognised wellbeing award.
All staff have a responsibility to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of pupils. Staff with a specific, relevant responsibility include:
• Mrs Rowley-Jones and Mrs Sheppard - Designated Safeguarding Officers
• Mrs Farley - SENCO
• Mrs Adlington - Mental Health/Wellbeing Co-ordinator
One of the most significant things for parents or young people is that they know they can come to talk to someone if they are worried – whether it’s about themselves or someone else. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel that you or someone you know would benefit from support.
Below are some websites that you may find useful:
https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/ Action for Children supports and speaks for the UK's most vulnerable and neglected children and young people.