Case Study Summary: To provide a holistic approach to the wellbeing of pupils, staff and the academy community by understanding being healthy as strongly encompassing emotional and mental as well as, and with equal importance to physical wellbeing. This case study examines the impact of whole organisation training by Team Mental Health and embedded in the every-day ‘workings’ of the academy; the overall impact, challenges, solutions, quick wins and the positive impact of a whole organisation approach.
This week we were privileged to be included in the Sporting Mind Conference hosted by British Athletics and BBC Get Inspired. The aim of the conference was to engage professionals working across sport in conversations to inspire positive progress in the area of mental health. Here are our reflections.
At Team Mental Health we have recently had the pleasure of being joined by a Year 12 student who has a particular interest in mental health, wellbeing and sport. Having learnt more about what Team Mental Health do and why, he decided to explore the links between physical and mental health and consider how we can promote positive mental health through positive physical health. As someone who is very active and who has had positive experiences through exercise, it is great to hear his own insightful reflections which highlight the potential role schools & colleges could play.
This week (14th - 20th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week (Mental Health Foundation, 2018). A time for organisations to reflect on the importance of supporting positive mental health and to consider the impact of mental ill health. It's the perfect opportunity for organisations to commit to taking real and positive action to support positive mental health and to tackle the challenges mental ill health presents.
When the fantastic opportunity for Team Mental Health to talk with Mr Drew Povey came about, we jumped at it! We asked the inspiring headteacher at Educating Greater Manchester school Harrop Fold 5 key questions and are delighted to share his insightful responses!
Understanding the complex needs of our pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is integral to being able to effectively support pupils and provide them with a holistic, personalised plan of support.
Mrs Beverley Oldham Associate Principal, Mental Health Officer and SENDCo Discovery Academy
An imperative part of ensuring that our children are truly happy and in a position to be able to achieve their absolute potential, is giving them regular opportunities to share, explore, question and regulate their own feelings and mental health.
Mrs Louise Byrne, Deputy Principal Inspire Academy