At Langley Park Primary Academy, the wellbeing of all children and adults is a priority.
We are all aware of how important it is to be physically fit and active, but have not always been aware of the importance of our mental fitness. So, at Langley Park we are aiming to raise the profile of mental health fitness alongside the physical fitness of our pupils and staff.
The Mental Health First Aid programme teaches us how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health, in the same way as we learn physical first aid.
It is a sad fact that, 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age. We feel it is so important to build our pupils resilience and self-esteem and to give them the tools and strategies to help them.
Alongside Mental Health First Aid, we will be following Zippy’s Friends, and the Wellbeing Toolkit, a training programme from Dr Tina Rae, to build knowledge and skills in supporting the emotional health and mental wellbeing of children and young people.
There will also be opportunities for pupil to partake in mindfulness sessions and this can involve yoga, breathing techniques and colouring.
All of these programmes and strategies will allow our children at Langley Park to deal with everyday situations more effectively, which otherwise could lead to stress and unhappiness.
If you would like further information about any of these programmes please do not hesitate to contact me.