Here at Sale Grammar School, we know that having an understanding of our mental health and wellbeing plays a key part in ensuring the very best educational experience for each of our students. We understand the important part that we play in ensuring that everyone has an awareness and an understanding of their own mental health and wellbeing and are able to talk openly about this. We also understand the importance for our school community to know how to access support and guidance, both through peer to peer support, staff support, families, and through external agencies, should this be necessary.
“Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” (World Health Organization 2014)
We are focused on providing a graduated approach to mental health and wellbeing where mental health and wellbeing awareness is part of the school culture and that should any individual within our school community require further support, they know that this is available to them, and they understand how to seek support for both themselves or for others.
We see mental health and wellbeing as not just the absence of mental health concerns, but an ability for all our young people to:
- feel confident in themselves.
- be able to express a range of emotions appropriately.
- be able to make and maintain positive relationships with others.
- cope with the stresses of everyday life.
- manage times of stress and be able to deal with change.
- learn and achieve.
We are committed to delivering a rich curriculum experience that supports the promotion of key aspects of positive mental health and wellbeing, focusing on creating a socially emotionally and physically rich environment where key relationships can thrive and students can feel secure in their learning.
We also understand the importance of providing opportunities for staff to feel supported and able to talk about their mental health and wellbeing, and for our parents/carers to also have opportunities to feel supported with this area.
We know that it is important to have a staff member who coordinates our mental health and wellbeing offer and within our school, this is Mr Crane, who also plays a key leadership role within the pastoral and attendance strategy for the school.