Wellbeing

Greenvale School is working towards the Wellbeing Award for Schools. 

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act. It helps to determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. We provide a caring, supporting environment in which every individual is valued and respected. We believe that students, staff and parents/carers need the skills to manage the challenge life brings us by developing resilience and having a positive mental health. This does not mean not having any problems, but developing awareness of ourselves and the ability to cope with difficulties faced. Everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable. At times, anyone may need additional support to manage and deal with these situations.  

5 areas of well-being

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life.

Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Building solid and varied social connections in your life can increase your feelings of happiness and self-worth.

Be active – you don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.

Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike?

Help others – even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Giving a mate a hand, helping a cause that matters to you or just supporting other people in some way. Giving is like gold-dust for our mental wellbeing.

Take Notice – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Possible warning signs 

How you might feel  

How you might behave

  •          down, upset or tearful
  •          restless, agitated or irritable
  •          guilty, worthless and down on yourself
  •          empty and numb
  •          isolated and unable to relate to other people
  •          finding no pleasure in life or things you usually enjoy
  •          a sense of unreality
  •          no self-confidence or self-esteem
  •          hopeless and despairing
  •          suicidal

 

  •          avoiding social events and activities you usually enjoy
  •          self-harming or suicidal behaviour
  •          finding it difficult to speak or think clearly
  •          losing interest in sex
  •          difficulty in remembering or concentrating on things
  •          using more tobacco, alcohol or other drugs than usual
  •          difficulty sleeping, or sleeping too much
  •          feeling tired all the time
  •          no appetite and losing weight, or eating too much and gaining weight
  •          physical aches and pains with no obvious physical cause
  •          moving very slowly, or being restless and agitated

For students with learning difficulties, symptoms may present themselves differently, for example a change in behaviour. Self-harm can also occur as a result of a young person trying to meet a sensory need, and support can be offered to help them develop strategies to learn how to self-regulate.

Students 

  •          Pastoral support for students is provided by the class team, with support from the 4 Key Stage coordinators. 
  •          Students participate in daily mindfulness, where they are encouraged to sit calmly and relax.
  •          Students social, emotional and mental health needs are embedded throughout the curriculum.
  •          Greenvale is a 'healthy school'. Fruit is provided for students both in their morning and afternoon break time. Squash and water are also provided. Lunches are cooked on site with choice of 2 hot meals for students. There is salad bar and fruit options for pudding.
  •          Students have a break of 15 minutes where they can go outside and use sports equipment for example fixed bikes and floor trampolines. The students have an hour and 15 minutes for lunch.
  •          Students have PE once a week. Students who use wheelchairs are offered a change of seating everyday e.g. standing frame, hydro, physio.
  •          There are a variety of sport enrichment activities for example swimming, cycling at Herne Hill velodrome and trampolining.
  •          Greenvale also hosts a Child and Mental Health (CaMHs) clinic on a monthly basis.

Staff

The well-being of staff is very important at Greenvale, as if staff are happy and resilient they are best able to support our students. There are also a variety of things in place to support staff well-being including staff clubs and access to an employee assistance programme. In addition, Lewisham employees can get discounts at local leisure centre, and have access to other benefits such as bike loan. 

Parent/Carers

For any parents/careers who need further support or guidance, the key stage coordinator can signpost to other organisations.

KS3 – Lisa Robinson-Jones  

KS4 – Aaron Collins

KS5 – Emily Garside

Glade (High Needs) – Lina Avila

Further information and resources

For more information and resources about wellbeing, please see links below:

https://www.mind.org.uk/

https://www.elefriends.org.uk/

https://mhfaengland.org/