Emotional Well-being & Mental Health
The mental health and emotional well-being of our children and staff is extremely important. At Tidemill, we believe in equipping our pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to be in charge of their own wellbeing. We do this through regular PSHE circle times to introduce them to a range of positive topics such as wellbeing, resilience, personal responsibility, growth mind-sets, kindness, mindfulness and appreciation.
At Tidemill, we help children to understand their emotions and ensure they feel comfortable sharing concerns or worries. We support their social needs, promote self-esteem and develop their confidence and emotional resilience. Using the ‘zones of regulation’ framework, we are able to teach students how to self-regulate and manage their complex feelings and experiences, by providing them with strategies to communicate their emotions and feelings in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
To further promote awareness, each year we participate in ‘Children’s Mental Health Week’ in partnership with Place2Be.
Place2Be are a children’s mental health charity who provide us with school-based support to improve the confidence and emotional wellbeing of pupils and families. Two days a week, they work with children one-to-one and in small groups, offering regular timetabled support for those who will benefit most. All pupils can find help with friendship issues and other worries by choosing to visit Place2Talk; short lunchtime sessions open to individuals and to groups.
With consent from parents or carers, Place2Be counselling sessions can be especially helpful when children feel particularly sad, confused, fearful or angry, due to family problems such as separation or illness, or even death. Children are encouraged to express and think about their worries, through talking, creative work and play. Trained adults called School Project Managers support this process, helping children to find new ways of coping with difficulties so they do not get in the way of friendships or learning.
You are welcome to talk to your Place2Be School Project Manager either face-to-face or via telephone or email. Our School Project Manager is Anna Perach who works on Thursdays and Fridays. You can contact her via email on Place2Be@tidemillacademy.org