Mental Health and Wellbeing
At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health. We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement. All children go through ups and downs during their school career and some face significant life events that may mean they require some additional support.
We aim for our school to be a place for children and young people to experience a nurturing and supportive environment that has the potential to develop self-esteem and give positive experiences for overcoming adversity and building resilience. As a Catholic community we support both children and adults in living by the values we find in the Gospel. For some, school will be a place of respite from difficult home lives, where we are able to offer positive role models and relationships, which are critical in promoting children’s wellbeing and can help engender a sense of belonging and community.
Our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.
In addition to children’s wellbeing, we recognise the importance of promoting staff mental health and wellbeing, as well as that of family members.
Our Designated Senior Leader for Mental Health and Wellbeing is Miss Bailey-Withers. If at any point you wish to discuss the wellbeing of your child please contact their class teacher or Miss Bailey-Withers directly.