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)
At Toynbee School, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and pupil body. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable students.
In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health provision and procedures we can promote a safe, calm and stable environment for pupils affected both directly, and indirectly by mental ill health.
In school we…
- Promote positive mental health and the wellbeing of the whole school population
- Equip pupils to be resilient so they can manage the normal stresses of life effectively
- Increase understanding and awareness of common mental health issues
- Provide support to pupils suffering mental ill health and their peers and parents/carers
- Provide support to staff working with young people with mental health issues
- Support and train staff to recognise emerging issues as early and accurately as possible
- Help and signpost pupils to access evidence-based early support and interventions
- Work effectively with external agencies to provide swift access or referrals to specialist support
We also recognise that parents have a unique overview of their child’s needs and how best to support them, so in order to support parents we will…
- Highlight sources of information and support about common mental health issues on our school website
- Ensure that all parents are aware of who to talk to, and how to go about this, if they have concerns about their own child or a friend of their child
- Make our Mental Health Policy and Process documents easily accessible to parents via the website
- Share ideas about how parents can support positive mental health in their children through our regular information evenings
- Keep parents informed about the mental health topics their children are learning about in PDL/PSHE sessions and share ideas for extending and exploring this learning at home.
Any parents who is concerned about the mental health or well being of their child should contact and speak to their child’s Guidance Manager in the first instance.
Contact details for our Guidance Managers can be found on their Year group pages.