At Brixworth Primary School we place a strong emphasis on Mental Health. We follow the Northamptonshire Mental Health Week and regularly promote wellbeing in our school newsletter through the 'Wellbeing Corner' and other articles.
Within class, children are encouraged to talk about how they are feeling. Mental Health is taught directly at least once a term with a range of topics covered throughout the school. We have been sharing ideas following the '10 Keys To Happiness' initiative and will continue to explore this through our mental health lessons over the coming academic year (2021 - 2022).
We use the Jigsaw scheme of work across all year groups and this scheme allows regular opportunities for learning breathing and calming techniques. In addition, short bursts of mindfulness and quiet time for children to process their thoughts and feelings are encouraged, particularly after transition times such as lunch, or coming into class first thing in the morning.
Every class has a 'Zones of Regulation' display, where the children are able to move their name throughout the day according to how they feel. This allows the adults working with them to quickly address anything that might be preventing them from feeling the best that they can feel.
Our Mental Health Team are continuously keeping up to date with new ideas and initiatives for both staff and children, which are shared in staff meetings so that our approaches and techniques are constantly revisited and refreshed.
CAMHS USEFUL RESOURCES WEBSITES AND APPLICATIONS
HEADSPACE WEBSITE AND APP
This website teaches young people about meditation and mindfulness. This can be a valuable coping skill when feeling overwhelmed or unable to control strong thoughts and feelings. Users can sign up for free and take part in guided meditation and mindfulness sessions.
YOUNG MINDS- PARENTS HELPLINE
This is a confidential service (unless the advisors think the young person is at risk) and advisors are available from 9:30am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday. The advisor will listen and give some practical guidance on how to help and if you need further help they’ll refer you to one of our specialists whether it's a psychotherapist, psychiatrist, psychologist or mental health nurse. They’ll arrange a phone consultation within 7 days.
CALM HARM APP AND WEBSITE
This resource is designed to help young people resist the urge to self-harm; it is free and password protected.
Website powered by young minds for young people about mental health medication. It has lists of medications, what they are used for and side effects explained without medical terms or jargon.
A website for those interested in mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people in Northamptonshire. It contains a search tool and links to a directory of services.
BEAT is the UK leading charity for supporting those with Eating Disorders; the website contains lots of useful information about types of eating difficulties as well as support helplines.
Rethink is a mental health charity which provides advice and information and a list of available support in your area.
CALM ME TIME - The Calm me time audio, from the Jigsaw Families Programme is intended for children over 5 to listen to with other family members (see file below).