Dear Parents and Carers,
This year, as part of my role as Mental Health Champion at Regis, I have been working with Clare Laker from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. The trust is dedicated to improving the mental health of children in the UK. Part of the work Clare and I have been doing is about how best to support children coming into school in the morning and set them up for effective learning.
Following on from this, we have come up with a range of activities and are hoping to foster the children’s independence by encouraging them to choose from these activities depending on how they are feeling.
We will continue to offer mindful movements and yoga, but these will no longer take place in the hall and will be in the classrooms instead. Alongside this, children will be able to select from the following list:
In Jade class, children will continue to choose activities at tables but will also have a mindful movements or yoga activity available.
Mrs Sarah Harris
PSHE and Well-being leader
Corsham Regis Primary School takes the emotional health and wellbeing of every child seriously. We believe that the school can help pupils build resilience and support them to be mentally healthy. Our mental health and wellbeing policy sets out how we do this. This is available upon request from the main office.
We all have ups and downs in life but in childhood it can be particularly hard to cope with sad feelings and worries that arise when things are hard or scary. There may be times when your child is unhappy or struggling emotionally. You may notice that they seem low or worried or that their behaviour changes. We may notice that they seem withdrawn or upset at school.
If you are worried about your child’s mental health then you are not alone. Many parents and carers have similar worries and stresses. There is good support available from local and national organisations. The sooner you seek help the better for your child and you.
Talk to us about your concerns so that we can work together to help your child feel better. Start off by talking to your child’s class teacher.
A GP can check any physical symptoms linked to your child’s health and talk with you about their emotional well-being making a referral to a specialist service if necessary
Parents/carers can contact the School Nurse Service at any time for advice and support for their child relating to healthy lifestyle, toileting, emotional/behavioural issues etc. For more information visit the Wiltshire School Nurse website aged 11 – 18 years, the School Nursing Services also offers a mobile phone support service called Chathealth or ask to speak to Mrs McCrum in school.
CAMHS is a free NHS service that assesses and treats 0-18 year olds with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. For more information including referrals see the Wiltshire CAMHS website
The following organisations provide reliable information and advice to help parent/carers to support their child when experiencing emotional difficulties:-
Young Minds: – Help for Parents Information about all aspects of child mental health, including a Parent Helpline 0800 802 5544
You’re Never too Young to Talk Mental Health – leaflet for parent/carers of primary aged children
Mental Health Problems in Children and Young People: guidance for parents & carers – leaflet for parent/carers with older children
Childline Lots of information and tips for children of all ages about feelings and difficult situations
Minded for Families Free learning resource about mental health for parents and carers
Happy Maps Lots of information about health topics including mental health, organised under different age groups i.e under 5’s primary age, secondary age, young adults.
In order to support your child, you need to stay strong and well yourself. It isn’t easy being a parent especially when you are experiencing problems of your own such as relationship difficulties, money worries, problems with work. Often it helps to talk to someone, so don’t be scared about doing this, with friends, family, your GP or a support service. The following organisations can also offer information and advice to help you.
Corsham Town Council provides links to local services and groups
Wilshire Council Mental Health Support provides information about ways to stay well and local sources of support
The Samaritans – 24 hour free and confidential listening service
Financial Worries and Debt
Mermaids Does your child question their birth gender? Would you like some help with this? Mermaids can offer you the support you need.