Our Care, Guidance and Support team delivers high quality pastoral and academic support. Each pupil has a tutor who they see every morning and a Year Leader who is available to pupils throughout the day. Aspects of wellbeing and being resilient are covered in areas of the curriculum such as PSHE and through our assembly programme.
We continue to be part of Trailblazers who put Mental Health Support Teams into schools to support young people's mental health and build resilience. Other schools in Gloucestershire who have been part of Trailblazers have been impressed at the impact it has had on their young people. The project has now been rolled out to schools in our area. Find out more about Trailblazers.
A NHS School Nurse comes to Deer Park weekly (currently Wednesday lunchtimes in the Atrium) to hold 'drop in' sessions for pupils, where they can discuss any health issues that may be worrying them. 'This may be a health worry like achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, relationships and sexual health, emotional and mental health, smoking, drugs, alcohol, immunisations, keeping safe and many other things.'
NHS: 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing
1. Connect with other people
2. Be physically active
3. Learn new skills
4. Give to others
5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)
Mental and physical health are closely connected. One of the things that the pandemic reminded us all, is the importance of physical health in maintaining our mental health.
Exercise can help with better sleep, happier moods, managing stress, better self esteem, reducing the risk of depression and connecting with new people (see Mind). So if you don't already walk, run, do yoga, swim, go to a gym or do some other form of exercise, whether by yourself or with a friend, why not consider joining a local sports club and see how much better it makes you feel.
Alongside physical activities there are many other activities that can help with your wellbeing. These activities are often called Mindfulness activities and can help you engage with your environment, thoughts and feelings. This can help lower stress levels and improve emotional regulation.
Organisations that can support wellbeing include: