Welcome to the St Mary’s Well-being page for parents and children. We hope you find this page useful in supporting yours’ and your child/ren’s mental health.
What is mental health?
Mental health encompasses our physical, emotional, psychological and social well-being:
Physical health refers to whether we are physically well, strong, resilient and rarely affected by pain or illness.
Emotional health refers to whether we are in control of how we feel, we get on well with people and we are happy. Psychological refers to sleeping well, not having horrible thoughts, not thinking about harming ourselves or others.
Social well-being is when we happily go out with or talk to other people, we are not alone, (unless we are happy to choose to be alone) and we are able to take care of ourselves and those around us.
Good mental health allows us to:
- Achieve our full potential
- Cope with everyday stresses and strains of life
- Work productively
- Make meaningful contributions to our communities
It all sounds very positive doesn’t it? However, there are times when we really don’t feel so great. Everybody has mental health but some people may develop mental health problems when they cannot balance all these things and sometimes when everything just becomes too much.
This is when we need help but sometimes we are just too down to think about how and where.
If you know someone and you’ve seen a change in their mood or behaviour, if it’s you and you’ve been feeling really low lately, if it’s your child and you just don’t know what to do then the tree below has some really useful links which hopefully will help you.
Mrs Cross and Mrs Whatley are both Mental Health First Aiders, trained by Mental Health England; they can support children and staff at school. If you are desperate, they can help you to find the support you need.
Most Slough schools attended a mental health conference organised and led by Mrs Cross in February 2018; the schools agreed to sign up to a Mental Health Charter, here:
If, as a parent, you have received advice or help from an organisation that is not listed on the tree, please let us know so that we can add this. You can Parentmail the information for the attention of Mrs Cross.