Promoting positive emotional health and wellbeing in children

The Emotional Health and Wellbeing of pupils underpins the entire school experience. Every child has emotional needs and the school has a responsibility to provide a nurturing and supportive environment in which learners can develop confidence and emotional resilience to achieve their full potential. Also, there will be specific vulnerable groups of children and young people who will require additional support. Schools also need to prioritise the mental health and emotional wellbeing of the whole school community when they respond to specific incidents or events, eg. return to school following a pandemic.

Schools have a statutory responsibility for the promotion of wellbeing and safeguarding of all children and young people.

 

Mental Health First Aid Courses

Youth MHFA Online Course

The Online Youth Mental Health First Aid course is designed for adults who work with young people aged 8-18 who would like to become Youth Mental Health First Aiders.

It is a practical skills and awareness course designed to equip learners with the skills and confidence to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues, and provide support and signposting to self-help or professional services.

The original 2-day course is now available in an accessible and flexible online format. It is structured around a blend of individual learning and 4 live sessions. These are all conducted online via the MHFA Online Learning Hub – an integrated learning platform. Learners who complete the course will be certified by MHFA England as Youth Mental Health First Aiders. All sessions and individual learning must be completed. They will then receive an e-certificate at the end of the course.

Course dates in 2022 

Monday 21st March  3.00pm – 5.30pm

Thursday 24th March 3.00 – 5.15pm

Monday 28th March 3.00 – 5.15pm

Thursday 31st March 3.00 – 5.30pm

 

The individual learning should be completed before each session.

For more information please see here

 

Youth MHFA Awareness Half Day online course 

Thursday 12th May 2022 9.30am-12.30pm

This introductory three-hour session raises awareness of young people’s mental health, enabling participants to recognise some signs of mental health distress and start a supportive conversation about mental ill health. 

For more information please see here

Please contact karen.smith2@nottinghamcity.gov.uk for further details.

 

The Emotional Health and Resilience Charter

The Emotional Health and Resilience charter is a way for schools to show their commitment to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing and resilience of their pupils. Once the school has signed the charter they complete an audit to record their strengths and identify areas for development. An action plan is then created and support can be requested from the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Consultants and partner services. Once the school has achieved meaningful outcomes based on their action plan these are celebrated and shared across the city in the form of a case study.

Work on the Emotional Health and Resilience charter contributes to the Wellbeing for Education Return Project. This team supports schools to implement whole school wellbeing strategies and follow the 5 principles of recovery following a time of change.

To sign up to the local partnership charter, please download a copy, sign and return to us via email:

karen.smith2@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

 

Mental Health Curriculum

Teaching about mental health and learning skills and strategies to support mental health and emotional wellbeing is an important part of a whole school approach to promoting positive wellbeing.

Framework documents to help plan your curriculum in the context of RSHE (Relationships, sex and health education) can be found on here.

http://www.nottinghamschools.org.uk/teaching-and-learning-support/relationships-sex-and-health-education/statutory-rshe-2020/curriculum-planning

Links to useful organisations supporting the mental health curriculum

https://www.place2be.org.uk/our-services/services-for-schools/mental-health-resources-for-schools/return-to-school-resources/

https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/mental-health-and-emotional-wellbeing-lesson-plans

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/

https://www.annafreud.org/schools-and-colleges/resources/talking-mental-health-animation-teacher-toolkit/

 

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Policy Framework

Many schools have adopted a whole school approach focussed on the importance of nurturing good mental health, for both staff and young people, which incorporates a wide range of interventions. Having a Policy helps draw all these strands together in one coherent document, helping to embed practice and, in turn, support the monitoring and evaluation of provision.

Based on the Liverpool Schools Policy as used by Anna Freud, and put together in consultation with the Educational Psychology Service, MHST, and CAMHS colleagues, this Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Policy Framework is designed to be customised to reflect each school's own priorities. Referencing a range of current local and national initiatives/providers, schools should edit each section, paying particular attention to text in bold and/or italics, in order to reflect their own provision and circumstances.

Download the policy here.

 

Staff Wellbeing resources 

A variety of documents to support work on staff wellbeing can now be found on our Staff Wellbeing Padlet page.

 https://padlet.com/hello1332/ppouxnzi84tfk5nn 

If you would like us to upload any additional material that you have found useful, let us know by sending a message to jane.hyland@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

 

Downloads:

The Emotional Health and Resilience Charter

The Emotional Health and Resilience Charter

The Charter Process

Additional documents to support schools teach about wellbeing

Seven Days of Kindness Calendar

5 ways to Wellbeing - A reminder of ways for colleagues and young people to look after their mental health when based at home

Resources and useful links for colleagues and young people on supporting mental health during periods of disruption 

Diary of Lockdown

My Lockdown Reflections

My Lockdown Learning

 

Network Events

Thursday 24th February 2022 3.45-4.45pm online

To book contact karen.smith2@nottinghamcity.gov.uk