Positive Mental Health
Supporting positive mental health at GSP
We are a firm believer that if a child feels safe and happy, then they will learn and thrive. Ensuring children's positive mental health and wellbeing has never been so crucial and schools can play a critical part in many different ways to help promote good mental health in children and to prevent later problems. At GSP, we do this in many ways through our universal offer to all children at GSP:
- a positive and supportive school ethos that creates an environment that enhances children and school staff's mental health.
- promotion of school values such as responsibility and resilience which help to build positive mental health.
- delivery of a considered PHSE and RSE curriculum curriculum which support key social and emotional skills.
- engagement with themed weeks which celebrate differences, diversity and support mental health and wellbeing.
- whole school engagement in the My Happy Minds program which can also be accessed at home to support family wellbeing.
- build on and celebrate positive peer relationships and school staff relationships.
- capitalise on the many 'light-touch' daily contacts that staff have with children and families.
- building into our timetables daily opportunities for wellbing and mindfulness time.
We recognise that at times, some of our children require a more bespoke approach to support their mental health and wellbeing and we are proud to offer the following intervention programmes:
- light-touch pastoral and welfare chats ('Miss Leah's Bubble Time').
- pastoral intervention.
- ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistance) intervention.
- counselling delivered by a fully-qualified counsellor in the school setting which is comfortable and familiar to the child.
- access to health and wellbeing sessions run by Progressive Sport.
As a staff we model positive self-care, resilience and strong social and emotional skills. Mrs Wrangles is a fully trained Mental Health First Aider in school and Miss Leah is a qualified ELSA. We are also part of a cluster of Warrington schools who have access to the excellent resources at the School Link Mental Health Support Team.