Welcome to our Mental Health and Wellbeing Page.
At St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School, we aim to promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing for every pupil, parent, carer, staff, volunteer and members of the wider community. As a school we take mental health and wellbeing very seriously and see the importance of supporting our children, staff and families; therefore we feel strongly about highlighting this area. We are proud to announce that we have two members of staff who are now accredited in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
If you would like to talk to one of our mental health first aiders, Miss Robinson or Mrs Montgomery please call the school office to arrange a suitable time.
On this page you will find a variety of services that offer support locally, nationally and online.
Mental Health and Covid 19
With so much change to our normal routines and so much uncertainty, naturally our children are going to be feeling anxious and unsafe. At this time our children are relying on us more than ever to make them feel safe.
One of the key ways that we can do this is through our relationships and connections. This just means spending time together completing an activity with your child where everyone is engaged. This then lets your child know that you are there for them and they are not alone, giving them a sense of safety. This is because completing activities together releases feel good chemicals that make your child feel calm, steady and connected.
This will not only help in the short term but also the long term when normality resumes. Spending quality time with your child when they need it most, tells your child that they are worthy of your help and that they are special and important. This then increases their self-esteem and self confidence in a time when everything happening around us could impact on it.
This page will try to help you and your family at this difficult time. We hope to give you support and guidance and sign post you to other agencies if you need them.
Useful Links & Apps
Live a happier, healthier life with just a few minutes of meditation a day on the Headspace app.
XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults.
Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.
Please click on this link if you wish to be directed to Kooth.
Colouring can create a feeling of flow that is associated with a meditative state. It is beautiful, and just looking at the lovely colours made me feel happy. You can paint from preloaded templates or even create your own.
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us via online, social or our free, confidential helpline.