How we help your school with mental health and Wellbeing
According to major mental health and wellbeing organisations, the worldwide pandemic has resulted in a record number of children and young people seeking support. Organisations such as Mind are appealing for the UK Government to recognise the need and invest in early prevention schemes to facilitate this huge surge in demand for mental health intervention. Without this support, we can expect irreparable damage to our present generation.
Most people with mental health issues begin to experience symptoms from as early as 5 years to 14 years of age. 1 in 6 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health difficulty, and many continue to have such issues into adulthood.
Our approach to mental health is primarily for early intervention to help prevent life-long mental health issues and to help support children and young people that increasingly suffered due to global disruptions. Mind Works can provide motivation and support in building a better, more resilient future.
Mind Works Wellness has been designed specifically to work to the current OFSTED framework
A dedicated Education section provides pupils with the information they need to teach them about mental health and wellbeing.
An experienced therapist will be there to support the pastoral lead and oversee the project, with further support from the Mind Works team.
Weekly questions will be triggered for the children to answer. By doing this, a detailed overview of how the pupil is reacting throughout the year will be visible.
Pupils will be able to build confidence and resilience as well as learning how to understand the way they feel.
Using goal setting and notes, pupils will develop an understanding of how to stay physically and mentally healthy.
Daily Life Questions
Students will be set weekly statements based on the key areas of their lives. This area is vital in measuring the student’s mental health and wellbeing. Based on their responses, we can spot trends and issues that may have previously gone unnoticed.
Questions can be set as a group or to the individual.
Improving pupil confidence, resilience and knowledge.
Promoting independence - Becoming aware of these areas.
Healthy eating - See dietary habits
Safeguarding - Low responses on all areas are flagged.
Anti-bullying - Gather feedback on student interaction.
Social Media and Gaming - Monitor time online.
Your body and your mind are connected and looking after both keeps you healthy and happy.
In this section we encourage independence and a growth mindset.
The students and teachers can set short or long-term goals which they can tick off and view throughout the school year.
Goals can be set in bulk for a whole class specific to the individual.
Selected goals will be suggested by the Wellness Lead to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Students and teachers will be able to view the progress throughout the school year.
Your dedicated Wellness Lead will work with the school’s pastoral lead and teachers to identify any trends that may need additional attention.
How the student replies in the family section provides vital information with regard to safeguarding and their support systems.
This is a section that can be individually personalised to the student and encourage self- improvement as well as building confidence.
Teachers can leave notes and interact with the students.
We have found that students find it far easier to interact digitally when first broaching topics concerning mental health and wellbeing.
A private space to interact without peers being aware can lead to a more open conversation.
Notes can be sent to the group as a whole for reminders on upcoming projects, or more personal notes to encourage progress.
The student can also use this area to contact the Wellness Lead directly if they want additional help. In this case Mind Works Wellness would alert the school.
A key part of a preventative approach is to give students the tools they need to understand the way they feel.
This section of the platform will contain the latest information on mental health and wellbeing. The page is constantly updated and we will always make sure the content is appropriate for those using the platform.
Using trusted sources such as the NHS and Mind, the content is easy to digest and covers a vast range of topics
Schools can also add their own positive stories on the platform.
This is also a useful page for teachers obtain the relevant information they need to stay informed about mental health and wellbeing.