Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
At Prospect House, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils.
We have a supportive and caring ethos, and our approach is respectful and kind, where each individual and contribution is valued.
At our school we know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
- 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 count.
- encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks.
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.
- 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.
The skills, knowledge and understanding needed by our students to keep themselves mentally healthy and safe are included as part of our developmental PSHE curriculum.
The specific content of lessons will be determined by the specific needs of the cohort we’re teaching but we will also use the PSHE Association Guidance to ensure that we teach mental health and emotional wellbeing issues in a safe and sensitive manner.
The school will offer support through targeted approaches for individual pupils or groups of pupils which may include:
- Circle time approaches or ‘circle of friends’ activities.
- Targeted use of SEAL resources.
- Managing feelings resources e.g. ‘worry boxes’ and ‘worry eaters’
- Managing emotions resources such as ‘the incredible 5 point scale’
- Primary Group Work/Mental health and wellbeing groups
- ELSA support groups.
- Therapeutic activities including art, Lego and relaxation and mindfulness techniques.
Please click on the picture below to view our wellbeing hub