Davey Drive, Hollingdean, Brighton BN17BF

St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Brighton

Educating in Faith, Hope and Love

 

Welcome to our dedicated Mental Health and Wellbeing Page

At St Joseph's Catholic School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and well-being of pupils and staff.  Our aim is to care for and develop the whole child educationally, emotionally, spiritually, morally and physically.  We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support.  

At St Joseph's, we recognise that children's physical and emotional health and well-being is fundamental and so, our aim is to create a teaching and learning environment that enables pupils to be healthy, happy, engaged and successful.                    

On this page you will find a variety of services that offer support locally, nationally and online.

We will also use this page to share with you some of the  many well-being activities that take place during the school day.

At St Joseph's Catholic School, we

                                                           - help children to understand their emotions and feelings better                                                                                                                                     - help children to feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries                                                                           -promote children's positive self esteem, help to build children's confidence and encourage them to think positively about themselves                                                                                                    and to accept their uniqueness.                                                                                                                                                                              -help children socially to form and maintain friendships                                                                                                                                  -help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage set backs                                                                     - provide opportunities for the children to feel valued and important by creating an awareness of the positive contribution they can make     towards school and the community.

 

These resources give advice and guidance for helping you to support your child's wellbeing.

Click HERE for guidance and suggestions on self care and mental health for children.

Click  HERE for advice on ways to support children struggling during lockdown (Part 1) and HERE for Part 2

Click HERE for a flyer with suggestions for different ways to support your child and how to say "stop crying".

Click HERE for a flyer called, "The Emotional Cup."

Click  HERE for a flyer with support for helping your child to manage stress.

Click HERE for a flyer with an emergency care wall, offering ideas for ways of managing different anxieties and feelings.

Click  HERE for suggestions on ways to manage self care.

 

Wellbeing Week 2020

      

Reception children have been making "Worry Dolls" for wellbeing week.

"When we talk to them about our worries, our worries disappear." 

     

St John The Baptist (Year 4) have been finding out what makes them happy!

    

St Teresa (Year 6) have been exploring their "Dream Jars" and "Helping Hands" and recognising what makes each and every one of them  unique and amazing!

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 Safety Net Workshop : 4.11.20

Years 5 and 6 had a visit from Safety Net this week. Safety Net are a local children's wellbeing and safety charity who help children to feel and be safe. Through their work, they empower children to speak up and educate adults to listen and act.

The children took part in a variety of different activities during the workshop,  helping them to recognise and adopt different coping strategies and to understand ways to build up resilience when facing all the changes that are happening around them in these challenging and uncertain times.

The workshop allowed the children to focus on taking time for themselves and to identify the important of theirs and others' wellbeing through mindfulness activities. 

   

   

Click HERE to be taken to the Safety Net website for more information on the support Safety Net can offer to children and their families.

Click HERE to read the latest (January 2021) issue of Safety Net's e-zine "Safety Rocks." 

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Local Services

During these challenging times, it is understandable that children and young people might be struggling and feeling anxious or worried. The well-being service at Brighton and Hove can offer support. Click HERE  for more information.

Brighton and Hove City Council's community advice and support hub could support you with:

• Finding help with shopping, collecting prescriptions and other support

• Emergency food-bank referrals

• Advice to keep active and well and to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness

Click HERE for telephone numbers and more information about the support available to you. 

Useful Links

Click HERE for a link to "Every Mind Matters" - a  public health England and NHS site to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental well-being and support others.

Click HERE  for a link to the Anna Freud Centre - a mental health charity for children and families.

Click HERE  for a document written by clinicians at the Anna Freud Centre who have developed seven ways that they consider to be best practice in responding to children and young people’s fears. It outlines some of the principles that can be easily adopted to support children and young people both at home and when they return to school.