Mental Health & Wellbeing
At Aragon Primary School, we are committed to promoting positive mental health and well-being for all our students. We believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and we aim to create an environment where every child feels supported, valued and respected.
We understand that children can experience a wide range of emotions and feelings, and we strive to provide a safe and nurturing space where they can express themselves freely. We promote positive relationships between students and staff and encourage open communication to help identify and address any concerns.
We believe in the importance of building resilience in our students, and we provide opportunities to develop coping strategies and problem-solving skills. We also prioritise self-care, encouraging children to take time for themselves and engage in activities that promote positive mental health and well-being.
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better through regular emotional check ins
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they are important
- encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’ and to take risks
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
- support the mental health and well-being of education staff by giving them the right emotional and practical support so they can, in turn, support their pupils
We promote a mentally healthy environment through:
- promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging
- promoting pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision-making
- celebrating academic and non-academic achievements
- providing opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
- providing opportunities to reflect
- participating in events such as Children’s Mental Health week and Healthy Me week
- developing a positive dialogue between children, staff and parents and reducing the stigma that is associated with mental health and well-being
- access to appropriate support that meets their needs
We pursue our aims through:
- universal, whole school approaches
- support for pupils going through recent difficulties including bereavement
- specialised, targeted approaches aimed at pupils with more complex or long-term difficulties including attachment disorder
- individualised interventions to support children’s mental health and well-being through programmes such as Drawing and Talking and ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants)
Education Wellbeing Practitioner Service
At Aragon, we offer parent workshops through the EWPS: "We are the Wave 6 Merton Education Wellbeing Service. We are an early intervention service, set up to provide mental health support for families. We offer two programmes; both programmes consist of 6 to 8 sessions with parents and are FREE of charge (funded by the NHS). Sessions can take place at school or video call via MS TEAMS.
Child anxiety programme:
This is for parents seeking support in managing their child’s anxieties. It’s aimed at children aged 4 – 11 and often feeling worried (e.g. shy, panicky or fearful of things such as separation, monsters, the dark, friends, school).
Challenging behaviours programme:
This is for parents seeking support in managing their child’s common behavioural difficulties (e.g. not following instructions, difficulties at bedtime, outbursts, tantrums, being rude). This programme is aimed at children aged 3 – 8 years.
These sessions aim to empower parents/guardians by helping them understand their child’s difficulties and by providing tools and coping strategies they can use with their child. We call this Guided Self-Help. This focuses on building confidence and resilience and involves trying techniques with your child at home."
For support on specific mental health needs:
- Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk
- OCD UK www.ocduk.org
- Depression Alliance www.depressoinalliance.org
- Eating Disorders www.b-eat.co.uk and www.inourhands.com
- National Self-Harm Network www.nshn.co.uk and www.selfharm.co.uk
- Suicidal thoughts Prevention of young suicide UK – PAPYRUS: www.papyrus-uk.org
For general information and support:
- www.youngminds.org.uk champions young people’s mental health and well-being
- www.mind.org.uk advice and support on mental health problems
- www.minded.org.uk (e-learning)
- www.time-to-change.org.uk tackles the stigma of mental health
- www.rethink.org challenges attitudes towards mental health