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Shining a Light on Mental Health

 

We are very proud of the ethos we are developing within Seton, where we recognise the importance of both physical and mental health.  Advanced Teaching Assistant, Mrs Gill Pearson, is a trained Thrive practitioner who delivers invaluable sessions to children in our setting. These sessions provide a powerful way of working with children to support optimal social and emotional development, and also as a way to support children who may have struggled with difficult life events to help them re-engage with life and learning.

We are also extremely lucky to have two Mental Health First Aiders permanently on site. Miss Laven  and Mrs Pearson recently qualified and now have the knowledge and awareness to be able to identify the signs of poor mental health.  They now have the skills to best support individuals during times of crisis.  

’Early identification is key to offering support and providing the skills needed to build resilience to succeed in life,’’ adds Miss Laven.

We have a range of activities embedded in our curriculum to encourage strong well-being.  Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles is a priority for us and the children take part in the Daily Mile, providing the opportunity for them to have a sense of freedom and a time for their minds to breathe.  All classes are encouraged to practise mindfulness and our younger children are already aware of how important it is to find time to relax. They love taking part in our ‘Paint a Person’ session where they listen to calming music and enjoy a bit of `me time'.  A clean paint brush is used to gently paint the children to offer a positive touch.

’I love doing Paint a Person because it lets my brain relax,’’  says Sophia, Class 1

We have also developed strong links with the Men’s Shed, within our local community. They offer support through shared activities: some challenging, some creative.  All activities provide the chance to reconnect with others and revive self-confidence and esteem.   Members of the Men's Shed have made a fantastic shop and car for our children to play with. We are keen to support them in their journey towards promoting mental health awareness, within the local community.   

We offer a range of opportunities to inspire our future generations, including regular visits and workshops from a range of exciting speakers: authors, engineers, journalists, astro-scientists, nurses and people from all walks of life, who talk about their roles and responsibilities and their career journey.  Our children are encouraged to aim high and know what they need to do in order the reach their goals.  We help them to understand that with the right mindset there are no limits to what they can achieve

 

 

 

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