At Sutton Green Primary School we believe that children's wellbeing is paramount. Over the course of their education, children spend over 7,800 hours at school. With such a huge amount of time spent in the classroom, schools provide an ideal environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing and identifying early behaviour changes and signs of mental distress. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in the classroom can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives.
Mrs S Carter, Mrs C Payne and Mrs C Reid are our designated Mental Health First Aiders in school and have accessed training to enable them to support staff and pupils. Mrs C Payne has attending two Emotional Wellbeing workshops. Miss Dunning has attended Resilience training and Local Authority Anxiety and Depression Training. Mrs C Reid has completed training on Understanding Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Youth Mental Health first aid and attended CAMHS courses regarding anxiety, depression, low mood and low self-esteem.
In the current climate, CAMHS are extremely busy and can only take on the most severe cases. In order that no child or their family is left without support, a new Mental Health Support Team has been set up to work alongside schools. This service will liaise with the Designated Mental Health lead in schools to support children and their families to cope with their mental health needs. These specialist Mental Health Practitioners, will either provide direct support to the children and families, or will give advice and guidance to schools, so that they can offer this support. If at any time it is felt that the child would benefit from further specialist care - then they would be referred on to CAMHS.
As a school we use the programme My Happy Mind to create a positive mental wellbeing culture, in which children build resilience, self-esteem and character.
Please click on the links below to find information about Cheshire's out of hours mental health advice and support for parents and young people.