Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Ackton Pastures Primary Academy, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and in need of emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s responsibility and that we all have a role to play.

At Ackton Pastures we:

  • Help children to understand and manage their feelings and emotions.
  • Provide a nurturing environment where children feel comfortable to share any worries or concerns they have.
  • Support children to form and maintain healthy relationships.
  • Promote self-esteem and confidence.
  • Encourage children to celebrate their similarities and differences.
  • Help children develop their resilience.

In recent years we have seen an increase in children who are struggling with their mental health and parents who are unsure of what to do, or what help and advice is available. Please use the links at the bottom of this page if you wish to seek further information.

The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.

Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include:

  • Being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise.
  • Having time and the freedom to play, indoors and outdoors.
  • Taking part in local activities for young people.
  • Feeling loved, trusted, understood, valued and safe.
  • Being interested in life and having opportunities to enjoy themselves.
  • Being hopeful and optimistic.
  • Being able to learn and having opportunities to succeed.
  • Accepting who they are and recognising what they are good at.
  • Having a sense of belonging in their family, school and community.
  • Feeling they have some control over their own life.
  • Having the strength to cope when something is wrong (resilience) and the ability to solve problems.

If you have concerns about your child there are a range of professionals who can offer advice including your GP. If you wish to speak to a member of school staff please see your child’s class teacher or make an appointment to speak with Mrs Stringwell.

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