At Seaburn Dene Primary School, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers), 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.
The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that: “in order to help their children succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. Schools can 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. For some, school will be a place of respite from difficult home lives and offer positive role models and relationships, which are critical in promoting children’s wellbeing and can help create 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.
Our aim is to help develop the protective factors which build resilience to mental health problems and to be a school where:
* All children are valued.
* Children have a sense of belonging and feel safe.
* Children feel able to talk openly with trusted adults about their problems without feeling any stigma.
*Positive mental health is promoted and valued.
* Bullying is not tolerated.
At Seaburn Dene we provide wellbeing areas around school for members of our school community to engage in a range of services or even just to have some quiet time to reflect or talk.
Help and support for Mental Health and Wellbeing can be found locally at
Kooth - free online mental health support for children aged 10-plus
kooth.com, a free, safe online community and counselling site for children and young people, for children aged 10-plus.
Kooth.com is available in Sunderland commissioned by your local NHS clinical commissioning group or Local Authority. We are available to children and young people in 77% of CCGs in England and look after 500k children and young people every year.
We are hugely aware of the impact of COVID 19 on your year 5 and 6 children, this is part of our support for our UKS2 children in the wake of the pandemic and as they prepare for their transition. Kooth.com is available 365 days per year with live counselling available 12 until 10pm everyday.
What is Kooth?
Kooth.com is a free online mental health platform for children and young people. It is free for young people to access the service, no referral is needed and by creating an online profile young people remain anonymous whilst accessing direct counselling, and/or browsing the site for self-help information and guidance. The whole site is fully safeguarded and pre-moderated.
Our multi-professional team includes BACP accredited counsellors, media workers (who moderate site content) and senior emotional well- being practitioners who are supported by a management team working to a clear clinical and quality governance framework.
XenZone has robust safeguarding practice which is robustly overseen by our senior clinical and safeguarding team. This ensures kooth.com is a safe, supportive and accessible service for young people in a non- stigmatising environment.
Who is Kooth for?
Any children/young people aged 10 plus, that may need support with their mental health. They don’t need a referral or parental permission.The service is anonymous and fully safeguarded.
No-one can create a username, post a comment or create content without our team approving it. We work with young people who may be interested in exploring mental wellbeing - right through to those with ongoing mental health needs that may use us alongside or instead of traditional services face to face and CAMHS services.
Keeping Emotionally Healthy
Throughout this challenging time many individuals and families may require additional support emotionally, financially or with their physical health. Please do not hesitate to contact us using our confidential email address; firstname.lastname@example.org for advice, information and further support for yourself or your family.
We recognise that is such a difficult time for many children and families, and have considered ways in which we can support our families to stay emotionally healthy.
We have included some useful links and resources to support both pupils and families during this time. We will be continuing to update the resources over the coming weeks.
Support to Pupils
1. A child friendly animated video to explain Coronavirus to your children.
2. Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus is a useful resource to support children in Early Years and KS1.
3. Carol Gray has a produced a very useful resource to support children of KS2 with their understanding of pandemics and the Coronavirus.
4. Nuffield Health have developed a fantastic Wellbeing Journal for children. It can either be downloaded as a PDF or it can be completed as an interactive journal online. https://www.nuffieldhealth.com/kidswellbeing
5. Nosy Crow has produced a Book for Children to discuss and explain Coronavirus.