Good, positive mental health is something many of us take for granted, right up until either ourselves or loved ones have any problems. Please don't ever hesitate to call school and speak with someone if your child is worried (or if you are worried about your child). We are all committed to trying to help wherever we can.
What is Mental Health?
Many people consider mental health to be an illness - but this is only part of the picture. We all have mental health and this can be considered in terms of how we feel about ourselves and the people around us, our ability to make and keep friends and relationships and our ability to learn from others and to develop both psychologically and emotionally.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps to determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life - from childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood.
At Gig Mill, we are committed to being a mentally healthy school to enable all our children to succeed through providing opportunities for them, and the adults around them, to develop the strengths and coping skills that underpin resilience. Mental health is everybody's responsibility - children, parents, staff and governors all need to work together to achieve a mentally healthy school. Please click here for the '5 Ways to Wellbeing'
Some statistics about Mental Health*
One in four adults will experience a mental illness at some point every year in the UK;
Three in every four mental illnesses start in childhood - 75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday, whilst 50% of mental health problems in adult life start before the age of 15.
10% of school children have a diagnosable mental illness - In an average of 30 young people, three will have a mental health problem. Figures show that 10% of children aged 5 - 16 have already been diagnosed with a mental health problem.
*Information from The Guardian
Our latest mental health newsletter was sent out to all parents w/c 03.02.20 - If you haven't received a copy it can be accessed by clicking here