Pupils stress # safeguarding #PSHE #MH

Exams always bring a mixture of emotions. We have just finished our end of tests and the footfall into the health centre to use the support system we have in place increased. I always tell the Health Centre staff that they are a victim of their own success, with the increase in pupils showing the […]

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How my school “tries” to help those with MH issues #mentalhealth

Teachers talking on twitter is a bit like peering in other school windows, you learn so much and get inspired.  I was inspired by several blog posts which looked at how they helped students with mental health problems. It seems we all do it in varied ways and have staff all with different titles but who have […]

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Miss, my friend needs help #MentalHealth

There has been lots in the press about a Mental Health epidemic or crisis. That 1 in 4 will have a Mental Health problem at some point in their life.  I don’t know about this, I work in one school so only see a small percentage of what is going on.  But what I do […]

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Why running is good for my #Mental Health #PSHE @MindCharity

Last year my back started to play up. The physio suggested that I stop running. If I am honest I wasn’t running as much as I would have liked but I was still managing to go out twice a week. The problem came when I needed to look left and right to check no cars […]

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Are you being ridiculous ?#Mental Health

Some of the time, this is what I almost say ( and I feel bad for admitting this). I don’t say it, but it’s running through my head, I know……… I am a terrible human being. Now bear with me, I am not the most eloquent ( and a bit nervous about this blog post, so please read the […]

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Ok so we have raised awareness for #MH, now what? #safeguarding

Reflecting back on mental health awareness week has been interesting. Students seem to feel more confident talking about mental health issues, good and bad. In fact I overheard some year 9 students talking at lunch about how one of them had found out they had social anxiety after a visit to the doctor. He was […]

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6th form goodbye gifts – Mindfulness #MH

My U6th have had their last lessons, leavers service and end of term fun. Now the exams start and for many of them this means the start of the stress. I particularly notice this is the boarding  house. Even the students who aren’t that bothered are influence by those who take it very seriously, with […]

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Are schools therapeutic or academic institutions? #MH

A tweet by Andrew Old ‏@oldandrewuk got me thinking. “The continuing reaction to the Natasha Devon saga does suggest many still think schools are therapeutic rather than academic institutions.” Got me thinking…… a lot. I wanted to disagree with him, wanted to argue that you can’t separate the two, that a happy and healthy child […]

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Why are more students suffering from anxiety? # MH

As DSL I hope that safeguarding issues aren’t trends. Recently though more and more students have told me that they are suffering from anxiety, and to be specific “social anxiety”. Obviously it is the revision and examination period, however after talking to pupils, that doesn’t seem to be the most common cause. Surprising assemblies is […]

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Mental Health and Behaviour in school

The department for education updated the Mental Health and behaviour in schools in March. It is departmental advice and should be read along side with “Mental Health problems in children and young people” and “Counselling in schools : a blueprint for the future”. I suddenly feel like I am writing a school policy but sometimes […]

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