Our Focus on Your Mental Health & Wellbeing
At St Gregory’s, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, parents and staff.
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.
Our Wellbeing Policy can be located here
WELLBEING, EMOTIONAL & BEHAVIOUR (WEB) sessions are run in school by Mrs Dunn. Children who are identified as needing extra support, whether it be short term, long term or just to catch up occasionally, meet with Mrs Dunn during the school day. Through different activities they are encouraged to discuss their feelings / moods / worries / life inside or out of school – Mrs Dunn works with these children, sets them challenges and provides an adult for them to go to at any time. Relationships are developed and these will be long lasting throughout their time at St Gregory’s. Mrs Dunn works closely with Mrs Field, who oversees this work and who is training to be a Senior Mental Health leader, through the DFE funded grant. Mrs Dunn will be taking up a place on ELSA, next year and will be accessing apporpriate courses through the National college, this year.
Any parents who would like to develop a Parent Liaise role and work closely with Mrs Field / Mrs Dunn – please let either one of them know. This is something which we hope will take us on our next step in further supporting our children and families wellbeing.
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 offer different levels of support:
Universal Support– To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For example, 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 bereavement.
Targeted support- For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.
Dorset Mind Your Head is a Dorset-wide programme aimed to help young people of Dorset to be as mentally healthy as possible.
Young people cope with the stresses and strains of life in different ways. Growing up in the 21st century is not always easy. We aim to equip young people to have the resources, tools, support and information they need to build resilience, learn how to deal with difficult emotions and live a mentally healthy life.
From education, information and resources to enable young people to look after their mental health from an early age, through to supporting and signposting young people with established mental health problems, Dorset Mind Your Head is here to help.
The Dorset Mind Your Head programme has lots to offer; here, in schools and colleges, in communities and on social media. Please browse our site by clicking on our logo above and find out what is available in your area or online.