Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
At Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School we aim to be an active Christian community of love and service, where all feel they belong and are valued. This feeling of family and having a place is an essential foundation stone in the development of good mental health and well-being.
The last few years have brought increased awareness of the importance of mental health in schools, showing how children’s mental health can significantly affect their academic and personal development
A huge part of our mental health support in school starts with awareness. Students need to be educated about mental health in order to be aware of the signs, so that they can know where to go for help and may also be able to help others. In school we are committed to supporting positive mental health through our CPSHE programme, retreat programme, assemblies and pastoral work.
Not only this – integrating mental health education into the curriculum will help us to understand those experiencing difficulties, remove any stigma or social misconceptions and replace these with an atmosphere of positivity and acceptance.
By understanding our own mental health, we will in turn be able to be attentive to the needs of other to ensure our whole community is able to become the person God is calling them to be.
Five Steps to positive mental health
Who do you have to talk to? Try to spend at least 20 minutes a day talking to someone face-to-face. As someone how they are feeling, or tell someone about your day. Making connections with those around us is a great way to feel like we belong.
Join one of our many after school enrichment activities, or join a club outside of school. Getting involved in something we love to do, like sports or the arts helps us to use our gifts and talents.
Be attentive to those around you. Take a moment every day to pray and reflect on the simple things that give you joy
Be wise and curious. Ask questions of your teachers and those around you. Make sure you are fully engaged in your learning inside school and out. By asking questions the world will unlock and you will more easily understand your place within it.
Be compassionate. Small moments of kindness and generosity are a powerful thing. The magic of kindness is that not only will it make the other person feel better, it will make you feel better too!
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As a school community we believe that mental health is as important as our physical health. To help our school be a mentally healthy school we will:
- Be judgement free
Provide safe spaces
Look out for our friends and ourselves
Spend time doing things that make us feel happy
Have a routine for when we feel anxious to calm down
Be compassionate and respectful of others
Actions that may help:
Take time to pray every day, thank God for your blessings
Join a club or after school activity
Spend at least 30 minutes a day talking to a friend or family member
Try to do something that helps another person everyday – be kind!
Get some exercise
If you struggle to talk to people about your feelings, keep a diary or journal
Don’t forget to click the ‘concerned’ button if you want to talk or share a worry!