Mental Health and Wellbeing
At St Barnabas, we are committed to supporting the social, emotional mental health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable at times, you may need additional emotional support at some point. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At St Barnabas we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count
- encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
We offer different levels of support:
To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing resilience for all.
For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.
Our Wellbeing Team
- Mrs Sharon Harding
- Mrs Lyndsey Beard
- Mrs Claire Brookes
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.
Go Noodle gets children up and moving to fun, engaging content and games. It allows children to wake up their bodies as well as engaging their minds.
These are videos that will get your child up and moving, and they are linked to the curriculum. The can be selected based on which key stage your child is in.
A five or ten-minute daily mindfulness practice can reduce stress and anxiety, increase concentration and engagement, sleep better, improve social skills, and develop problem-solving and decision-making skills.
Coloring is meditative, creative and fun. It’s the perfect escape when you want to turn your brain off and live in the now
Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life.
Plenty of breathing exercise, activities, games and videos to help let go of stress.
A variety of activates that will help you and your child to manage your wellbeing.
Create a free account where you can keep an online mood journal, along with plenty of other self-care activities.
Struggling to get the kids to sleep? Allow these relaxing Sleep Stories, Guided Meditations and purposely-designed Sleep Meditations to get your little ones off to a perfect nights rest (also download the free app).
This website offers guided meditation through the form of audio clips.
Available to all subscribers, kids (and their parents) can enjoy fun, engaging activities that teach them the basics of mindfulness. They’ll practice breathing exercises, visualizations and even try some focus-based meditation.
Children’s Mental Health Week
At St Barnabas we are proud to be supporting Children’s Mental Health alongside the wellbeing support that we already offer in school. This Children’s Mental Health Week, we’re encouraging children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness.
When we have a positive view of ourselves it can help us to cope with life’s challenges, and recognising the different qualities of others can allow us to connect with those around us – which is vital for our own and others’ wellbeing.
The week is hosted by Place2be, the children’s mental health charity. We will be taking part in lots of fun classroom activities to work on understanding our emotions better and learning about our own unique qualities.
If you would like to get involved yourselves, Place2Be have created some helpful advice and resources for parents and carers which is available on their website: www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk