Mental Health at Oak Hill C of E Primary School
At Oak Hill, we value our mental health as much as our physical health and are keen to nuture total wellbeing in our children. An important aspect of this is an awareness and understanding of mental health as well as being open to talking about mental health. Our work in this area will be updated on this section of the wesbsite, so please check back often.
Proud to support Time to Change
Oak Hill is proud to support the Time to Change campaign. You can find out more information about this campaign by visiting this link: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/
Miss Tarling is registered with the campaign as a Mental Health Champion so please feel free to ask her any questions about Mental Health and she can give support or point you in the right direction for further guidance.
Many children go through tough times just like adults and in those moments, the smallest acts of kindness can make a big difference. That is why Oak Hill has joined hundreds of other schools to ‘spread a little kindness’ by taking part in Children’s Mental Health Week.
The week is hosted by children's mental health charity Place2Be, who support pupils, families and teachers in schools across the UK. Visit their website for more information www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk.
During the week, we have held assemblies on how spreading kindness can help keep ourselves and others healthy and happy. We have participated in kindness activities in class and the children have suggested having a kindness award during our celebration worships on a Friday.
On Time to Talk day, we had a special assembly at each base about what Mental Health is and why it is important to talk about it.
At KS2, the children were invited to come into the hall at break for a chat with each other, using the special chatterboxes.
We have also had an assembly at each base about kindness for Children's Mental Health week.
Oak Hill has a Special Visitor!
We have been very lucky to have a visit from clinical hypnotherapist Janet Dowling at Oak Hill today. Janet very kindly came to teach Year 3 and 4 about how a human brain works and why sleep is so important for both our physical and mental health. It was a very special morning and the children are keen to learn more.
Here are some of the things they learned:
"The brain has something called a guard and a boss. They both control the body but it is better if you use the boss for most things."
"If you imagine that you can do something perfectly, you can do it better."
"When you go to sleep, there is a light sleep and REM, which is Rapid Eye Movement, and REM is when your stress bucket is emptied."
If you would like to find out more, please visit www.janetdowling.co.uk. Please also take a look at the photos below. Thank you very much Janet!