What is wellbeing?
Wellbeing is the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.
At Blackhall Primary we believe the wellbeing of our children should be at the centre of everything we do. This includes meeting the needs of parents and those in the community.
What is mental health?
Mental health refers to our cognitive, behavioural, and emotional wellbeing – it is all about how we think, feel, and behave. Mental health can affect daily life, relationships, and even physical health. Mental health also includes a person’s ability to enjoy life – to attain a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.
At Blackhall Primary supporting children and their families with their mental health needs is of top priority. We believe that a child will not learn if they are not ready to learn. We offer a range of support in school and work with external agencies when needed.
Designated Staff at Blackhall Primary
- Designated Senior Lead for Mental Health and Wellbeing: Miss O’Neil
- Designated Lead for Mental Health and Wellbeing: Miss Ridley
- Designated Member of Staff for Mental Health First Aid: Miss Ridley
- Designated Mental Health Champion & Advocate: Mrs Rogers
- SENCO: Mrs Baker
How can you support mental health and wellbeing?
If you are struggling with your own mental health and wellbeing or the mental health wellbeing of a child please contact one of our designated members of staff above.
There are a wealth of resources out there to support the mental health and wellbeing of both parents and children. Below is a list of links that you may find beneficial. Within Durham there are lots of services available. If you would like further information or support, please contact a member of staff in school.
Mind – When you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information is vital.
NSPCC – Recognising the signs that a child may be struggling with their mental health can be really hard. NSPCC have got advice to help you support children who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings or self-harm.
Childline – Feelings can be hard to make sense of. You might not even know why you feel a certain way. But Childline always there to support you.
Samaritans – Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Durham Local Offer – Find services in the local area to support you and your family.
Anna Freud (Young People) – On My Mind aims to empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health & wellbeing.
Anna Freud (Parents & Carers) – Advice and guidance for parents and carers to help them support a child or young person experiencing poor mental health or wellbeing.