Mental Health and Wellbeing
We believe that paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you.
At Bleak Hill, our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. Children are taught when to seek help, what help is available, and the likely outcome of seeking support so that they have the confidence and knowledge for themselves or others. As a school, we use JIGSAW as our Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) scheme, which is known for its 'mindful approach' to PSHE. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health and how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues. As part of our targeted provision, we have and continue to access, outside help and support for pupils when required.
Good mental health and wellbeing is just as important as good physical health. Like physical health, mental health can range across a spectrum from healthy to unwell; it can fluctuate on a daily basis and change over time. Children at Bleak Hill have two lessons of PE each week. A wide range of sport-related after school clubs are run by teachers and external coaches, many of our pupils take part in inter-school sporting competitions which include an extensive range of sports and activities.
At Bleak Hill we also take part in the 'Daily Mile', which is a social physical activity, with children running, jogging or wheeling– at their own pace – in the fresh air with friends. We even have our own dedicated Daily Mile track set up on the Junior Field. The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances. In March, the Universities of Stirling, Edinburgh and Highlands & Islands found that 15 minutes of self-paced exercise, such as The Daily Mile, is beneficial for pupils’ cognition and wellbeing.
Levels of support at Bleak Hill
- Universal Support– To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos, school values and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.
- Additional support– For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as separation or bereavement.
- Targeted support– For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such referral to wider professionals.
If you have any concerns or worries, there are people at Bleak Hill to help. If you need any support you can always contact your child's class teacher as well as our Pastoral Support Team.
We include World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Awareness Week in the school calendar and plan activities for the whole school.
Our Mental Health and Wellbeing area in school
Welcome to our new Mental Health and Wellbeing Area.
At Bleak Hill we understand that for children to learn effectively they need to be in the right frame of mind.
On some occasions this may not be so, and they may need some quiet time out of class in order to collect their thoughts and manage their feelings.
This area allows them to do this, we have many donated resources such as toys, games, cuddly toys, big and small, alongside books and stories that may relate to how a child may be feeling.
Staff will be on hand, your child will not be alone, however they will be allowed to express their feelings in a way that they feel best.
We hope that the children at Bleak Hill will find this area useful if needed, and as a pastoral team we look forward to expanding the area to ensure all needs are met.
Thank you for the time you have spent looking at this area on our website.
The Pastoral Team
Dealing with anxiety - https://tutorful.co.uk/guides/the-expert-guide-to-help-your-child-with-anxiety
Young minds parents’ survival guide - https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-survival-guide/
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families - https://www.annafreud.org/parents/