Mental Health & Wellbeing
This page is for people interested in exploring mental health. If you or someone you know is in CRISIS please seek immediate help at is please contact the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust on: 0800 151 0023
What is mental health?
The World Health Organisation suggest the following:
Mental Health includes a sense of identity and self worth; sound family and peer relationships; an ability to be productive and learn; and a
capacity to use developmental challenges and cultural
resources to maximise development.
Good mental health in childhood is a prerequisite for optimal
psychological development, productive social relationships,
effective learning and an ability to care for self, good physical
health and effective economic participation as adults.
Mental health in children and young people (WHO, 2005)
At MHCHS we recognize that fostering good habits for Mental Health is an important part of student wellbeing. Our students are interested in developing and maintaining positive approaches to Mental Health.
Mental health and Wellbeing at MHCHS
The Mental Health strategy at MHCHS is underpinned by the eight principles identified by Public Health England.
Mental Health is a continuum, and it can change over time just like physical health. Mental Health can worsen but with help it can also get better just like physical illness.
In school we promote a culture where everyone feels comfortable talking about Mental Health.
The DfE know that there is link between mental health, attainment and behaviour. In order for students to reach their full potential students have to be encouraged to develop positive mental health strategies.
We discuss wellbeing and mental health regularly at school. On Wednesdays students take part in activities designed by their Heads of Year to foster greater wellbeing. We also promote positive mental health in assemblies. There is a school counsellor and a range of people to talk to at school. We also have wellbeing suggestion boxes where students can make suggestions about things we can do to improve wellbeing in their year group.
We have also launched a mental health annual survey to help us tackle problems in each year group.
Recently we have been looking at adopting positive mental health traits. Self care for strategies for students can be found here:
However, these activities are not a substitute for seeing a mental health professional. Sometimes we need outside help and advice. Getting help is good. No-one should feel bad about it.
If students need to talk to someone they can talk to a trusted adult in school, go to support or the mentoring hub, use Whisper or Kooth online.
There is a saying in the aviation industry that in times of crisis you should put your own oxygen mask on first. Parents can support their children in many ways but parents should also remember that they need to take care of themselves first so that they can provide support for their children.
The research is very clear that parental support and engagement with school leads to better outcomes for children.
In school we often use the resources provided by the Anna Freud centre to address issues around Mental Health. You might find the resources they produce for parents useful.
This free online course might help you feel better equipped to answer your child’s questions about mental health:
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