‘We cannot pour from an empty cup’
Mental health is something we all have, and it seems that we are hearing almost daily about the impacts of having poor mental health and the struggling systems that are out there. The current pandemic has intensified the growing crisis and it can feel overwhelming as a parent/carer/family member how to keep both yourself and your child mentally healthy.
At Halling school, we feel that good mental health/emotional wellbeing is something we have always recognised the importance of. One of our core values is to provide a nurturing space where everyone feels valued and the children are at the heart of what we do. Our holistic approach has enabled us to keep the whole child at the centre of our processes and our practices are embedded within the school ethos.
We have always had ‘a duty of care’ and this has always been underpinned by legislations and policies i.e. The Children’s Act (1989), Every Child Matters (2003) and Child Protection. The latest Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020) now explicitly refers to Mental health; staff being aware of potential causes, the impact on mental health, behaviour and education. In fact there are a whole list of policies and procedures that inform how we value and look after everyone’s mental health and wellbeing. We have a high focus on staff wellbeing too, after all, we cannot pour from an empty cup either. However, what is not written anywhere is the ‘feel’ that we have created, the compassion, empathy and understanding, the expertise, experience and knowledge over the years that underpins how we look after everyone in our learning community. Below are a few resources that can be useful for anyone who feels they would like to know more about how to stay mentally healthy:
National helplines for adults and children:
A place a child or young person can talk to someone about something they are worried about. They can do this online or over the phone. 08001111
This charity works against child abuse - a helpline is available for parents or other adults concerned about a child (0808 8025544).
A confidential helpline which offers support and advice to those in emotional distress. - 116 123
Young Minds Parentline
Offers information and advice to anyone worried about a child or young person under the age of 25. - 0808 802 5544
Charity working to prevent young suicide with a helpline for those worried about themselves or someone they know (call 0800 068 4141; text 0778 620 9697).