Mental Health and Wellbeing at Carew Academy
The World Health Organisation describes good mental health as:
” a state of wellbeing in which every individual achieves their potential, copes with the normal stresses of life, works productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act.”
Our Mental Health Vision:
To be a school which actively values and supports all members of it’s community on their journey to positive mental health.
We will achieve this vision by:
- Raising awareness and understanding of mental health across all stakeholders
- Providing a culture and ethos that supports the emotional wellbeing and mental health of the whole school community
- Ensuring mental health education runs through the whole curriculum, equipping students with strategies to maintain good mental health
- Identifying those members of the school community who are at risk of developing mental health issues
- Providing various tiers of mental health support within school for students, staff and families
- Supporting students, staff and families to access specialist mental health services outside school when they need them
At Carew we have a range of Mental Health and wellbeing support available for our students. This support includes Mental Health First Aiders, an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) team, Drama Therapy, Draw and Talk and Canine Assisted Learning.
In addition, Carew Academy are part of the NHS Trailblazer Project in Sutton with 8 other schools. The project provides access to an EWP (Educational Wellbeing Practitioner) one day a week to support young people with mild and emerging mental health issues such as low level anxiety and depression. The Project also provides the school with access to Kooth, which is a free, safe and anonymous online support tool. Students can talk to trained counsellors, read articles written by young people and find self-help advice. More details regarding this can be found at www.kooth.com
If you have any concerns about the mental health of your son/daughter at Carew Academy please contact their tutor in the first instance. In addition, the web page below has a list of helpful contacts. Some of these are local to Sutton, while others are nationwide, but all offer information and support.
We are aware of the increased anxiety levels experienced by our students during the current Covid 19 situation. Below are some suggestions to help them cope:
- Coping with stress during the outbreak
- Helping children cope with stress during the outbreak
- List of 10 resources for young people and carers
- Looking after your mental health while self-isolating
- Supporting children with SEN during isolation
- Talking to your children about scary world news
- Top tips for teens during COVID-19