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Healthy Body, Happy Minds
At Navigation Primary School we are committed to ensuring all children are happy and healthy but we also acknowlege that everyone can have down days too and that this is ok. We encourage the children to be resilient and equip them with the strategies to help them address their feelings.
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Other factors are also important, including:
What mental health problems commonly occur in children?
There are several types of mental health problems that children may encounter for example; feeling low or depressed, self-harming or post-traumatic stress.
We have members of staff that are trained in many strategies to help chidlren who have wellbeing issues and we also offer support to the families too.
Here are some of the ways we can help –
If your child is having emotional difficulties, a teacher, school nurse or educational psychologist may be able to help. Otherwise, you can go to your GP or speak to a health visitor. These professionals are able to refer a child for further help. Different professionals often work together at Healthy Young Minds (formerly Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services CAMHS) http://healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk/ .
Healthy Young Minds offer specialist services to children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties. They help children and young people up to the age of 18 years and provide assessment and intervention and support to their families/carers.Healthy Young Minds Trafford are based at Sale Waterside Tel: 0161 716 4747
The Counselling and Family Centre in Altrincham have provided training for staff and offer a range of services to support families.
Telephone: 0161 941 7754
Counselling services cost £40 but no-one is turned away and what you actually pay is based on your household income.
Assessments and treatments for children and young people with mental health difficulties put a lot of emphasis on talking and on understanding the problem in order to work out the best way to tackle it. For young children, this may be done through play.
Most of the time, the action that professionals recommend is not complex. and it often involves the rest of the family. Your child may be referred to a specialist who is trained to help them explore their feelings and behaviour. This kind of treatment is called a talking therapy, psychological therapy or counselling.
Organisations that can help
ChildLine 0800 1111
Healthy Young Minds www.penninecare.nhs.uk/your-services/service-directory/trafford/mental-health/healthy-young-minds-formerly-camhs/healthy-young-minds-trafford-child-and-adolescent-mental-health-services/
Contact a Family – for families with disabled children https://contact.org.uk/
Family Lives support for families on a range of issues www.familylives.org.uk
In October 2018 we launched My Happy Mind to every year group. My Happy Mind is based on science and research and focusses on equipping all children with the knowledge, skills, and tools to thrive in the modern world. The children learn how to develop confidence, resilience and character.
The children are taught My Happy Mind each week where the children will learn about their character strengths, learning how to be more resilient, being grateful, learning how their brain works and relating all this theory into everyday life. We make references to the language used throughout the school day. We also use 'Happy Breathing' as a technique to help us to calm down and think about how we are feeling at that particular moment.
Happy Breathing is a great tool to help when your child is feeling anxious, angry or needs to take time to calm down as it focuses on their breathing techniques.
My Happy Mind also have an app that you can access from home which will have Happy Breathing for the children to use at home!
Ask your children what the Hippocampus part of our brain does?
The Market Garden
As part of our growing initiative to become happier and healthier our Market Garden was launched. This was funded by our fantastic PTA who raised the money through our Christmas Fair. The garden is located in the outside area of 2RB and consists of raised beds.
We were very lucky that the spring and summer of 2018 had perfect weather conditions for growing our own vegetables. Children from nursery all the way to year 6 had an input in what vegetables they wanted to grow and look after. This gave the children an understanding of where vegetables come from and how they go from 'farm to fork'.
We grew as many vegetables as we could fit into our raised beds! These included: kale, sweetcorn, tomatoes, peppers, courgettes, runner beans and even cucumbers!
Reception enjoyed harvesting radishes!
When the vegetables were ready to harvest we set up a market stall in the playground where families could purchase our produce. The children were part of the process from planting all the way to selling the vegetables.
The kale was very popular!
If you feel your child needs extra support in these areas, please contact our SENCO Mrs Lattin for more details.
0161 912 5937