Mental Health and Wellbeing
Student Wellbeing Day
Monday 1st February was our very first staff and student wellbeing day. The feedback we have received from both parents and students has been extremely positive, and it is clear from all the images and videos that were sent in that lots of students enjoyed the opportunity for some downtime and time away from the screen. We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ for all your support as parents and for the encouragement you gave the students on this day. We hope you enjoy this short montage. You will notice that not all videos and images are on here, we had too many, but those not on this montage have been shown during the celebration assembly. We are very keen for this not to be a stand-alone day and for wellbeing and positive mental health to be at the heart of everything we do. After half-term, we have a number of activities planned, along with a very special world book day. More details will be circulated when we return after half-term.
We have been so proud of how the students have responded during this very challenging time, and we are looking forward to celebrating their achievements during our Easter Celebration assemblies at the end of the next half-term.
Our Wellbeing day, is not only for one day, this is just the start of the work we want to do around wellbeing and mental health awareness. The 1st February marks the start of children’s mental health awareness week, so throughout the week, there will be lots of activities on Twitter and Instagram for students to get involved in.
We hope everyone has an enjoyable day.
Mental health and wellbeing:
Although it is normal and natural to feel worried about things, sometimes this can feel too much, and you might need a bit of extra help. You can talk to any adult at school, and they will be able to point you in the right direction. If possible, try to avoid lesson time as staff have classes to teach, and you do not want to miss any learning.
If you feel you are concerned about anything this is what you should do:
Report it — tell someone, this could be a parent/carer, teacher, peer mentor, or report via the Sharp System.
What is Wellbeing?
Wellbeing is important, when we have good wellbeing, we feel good, and we function well. If you have good wellbeing you will find that you have positive relationships and some control over your life. If you have feelings of happiness, contentment, curiosity and engagement you will feel like you have a sense of purpose.
The best way to improve wellbeing is through understanding that:
"Wellbeing is important for me"
"There are things I can do to improve my wellbeing"
Although other people can support us to be happy and healthy, we have the best chance of being able to stay happy throughout our time in school if we learn how to take responsibility for our own wellbeing.
At Moorside High School, we recognise that factors in and out of school can cause a significant impact on our wellbeing, and emotional health. We recognise that all students should have access to support to help them overcome obstacles, trauma and build resilience.
Below are some useful links to improve wellbeing, resilience and decrease stress:
Moodscope: If you are struggling with low mood, depression, or mood disorders, Moodscope offers an online personal mood management tool that effectively measures and tracks your moods.
Steps for Stress This website covers practical ways for you to start dealing with stress.
Get self-help This website offers CBT self-help information and resources including therapy worksheets, useful for home.
Be Mindful The Mental Health Foundation wants to make mindfulness available to everyone. This website is useful for parents who want more information about mindfulness, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.
Kooth: Your online mental wellbeing community. Free, safe, and anonymous support