Mental Health & Wellbeing

We encourage our children to see themselves as belonging to Graham James Primary Academy and having a responsibility towards each other and themselves. We understand that mental health and physical health go hand in hand and support children and families.

On this page you will find a variety of services that offer support locally, nationally and online. As a school, we take mental health and wellbeing very seriously and we hope to support all children to ensure they gain the strategies that they will need to support them through life.  Miss Cartwright leads our Mental Health Provision.

The school is a community in which behaviour is based on mutual respect and consideration for others. The class teacher, who knows each child well, is responsible for the care of children in his or her class, building on the values set in the home. Parents should discuss concerns with teachers in the first instance.

Expectations are made clear to the children by example and discussion and are consistent throughout the school with the Graham James Golden Rules. These are designed to promote a safe and secure environment for all and to help children understand their social responsibilities. Self-discipline is encouraged and children are taught to respect and value themselves as well as others.

Our Behaviour Policy can provide you with more information.

We are naturally concerned with the general well-being of all our children. Everyone working at Graham James is encouraged to see themselves as part of the community and the well-being of each and every individual is considered.

Children take part in regular Personal, Social and Health Education, in which they are promoted to build their resilience, become safety aware, knowledgeable of the British Values, develop their understanding of society and become compassionate.

We teach children how to ‘protect’ their mental health, through having a balanced diet, regular exercise, helping others, thinking positive things about themselves, taking time to relax, socialising with friends in person and asking for help.

We take part in national events such as World Mental Health Day, where children focus on mental health and practise different relaxing strategies that they can apply throughout their lives.

We promote resilience through Growth Mindset and the power of ‘Yet’, ensuring that children understand that if they cannot do something, they are continually growing as a person and simply cannot do it ‘yet’.

We encourage our children to see themselves as belonging to Graham James Primary Academy and having a responsibility towards each other. In order to promote this, we offer all children opportunities to have responsibilities within the classroom; children within Year Six lead our Buddy assemblies, ensuring that the pupil voice of all children is heard for important decisions. We also provide opportunities for older children to support younger children with reading and during lunchtime play.

Once at school, to ensure children are safe they are not allowed to leave the premises unless permission has been given. If your child is unable to attend or needs to leave early during school hours, the school must always be informed of the reason by letter or telephone.

In School Support

We have a trained therapist in Talk and Draw Therapy, Mrs Ward, who supports the children 2 half days per week. The therapy uses arts and craft work and encourages children to share their feelings and find strategies that may support them.

 

Where to find support

Open Door Services

Tel: 01375 390040

Open Door help thousands of young people, families and vulnerable adults every year in Thurrock. They are a charity well-establish in the local community. They are able to offer a range of interventions including counselling, anger management, play therapy and mediation.

Open Door provide intervention for Children & Young People to have good mental health so they are able to address the barriers that may be preventing them from living happy and fulfilled lives.
Affording young people and children the space and individual attention to explore issues and problems that may be concerning them and helping them develop appropriate safe and healthy responses.

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Information Portal for Schools

The online link is accessible to all. It provides Southend, Essex and Thurrock Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Information for schools.

This Information portal is designed to support you in finding online material and content in supporting children and young people in educational settings.

Thurrock Mind

Tel: 01375 391411

Mind is able to offer counselling, Group work sessions, Drop-ins, Bereavement support as well as a variety of well-being activities.

Inclusion Thurrock

Tel: 01375 898680

This is a psychological therapy service and Recovery College for the over 18’s. Inclusion Thurrock offers a simple gateway for those wanting to access talking.

Young Minds

Tel: 0808 802 5544

This is the UK’s leading charity for children and young people’s mental health. They can support families and schools as well as having a wealth of online resources to support in understanding different situations.

Talk to Frank

This website provides honest information about drugs and medicines.

SMS: 82111 – Need a quick answer? Text a question and FRANK will text you back.

Papyrus

Tel: 0800 068 4141

Papyrus provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through our helpline.

Childline

Tel: 0800 1111

Childline is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to 19. You can talk to a childline counsellor for free about any problem.

Elefriends

Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.

Support for Carers

For those caring for others this website explains your options and where to find support.

Carers.org

Is also available to provide support and guidance for carers.

APPS

Headspace

An APP supporting daily meditation.

 Kooth

Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

 Colorfy

Colouring therapy on your devices to reduce anxiety.

The Mix

Tel: 0808 808 4994

Provides support for the under 25’s with discussion boards, group chats, expert advice as well as counselling.