The World Health Organisation defines Health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’.
At DHSB, we aim to promote positive physical, mental and social health for every member of our school community. Prioritising the wellbeing of students and staff ensures that outstanding teaching and learning can take place, and that the school is a community where everyone feels able to thrive. We aim to provide a supportive and encouraging atmosphere for everyone to be open and honest in their approach to monitoring and improving personal wellbeing.
We understand that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable, which may require additional emotional support. At DHSB we believe that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
This is a quote from the Young Minds Website
“Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools, can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools can also lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying”.
As a school we focus on five simple ways to improve wellbeing
Connect – talk and listen to others and always live in the moment.
Be active – regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups
Take notice – remember the simple things that give you joy.
Keep learning – embrace new experiences and seek new opportunities.
Give – give people your time, your words and your presence.
Wellbeing action plan
In September 2020 and again in 2021 we shared personalised wellbeing action plans for our students, staff and families. The action plans are designed to support all members of the school community in developing a healthy and active lifestyle and plan activities linked to the five ways to wellbeing.
Where can I find information about mental health and wellbeing
The following websites have information about mental health and wellbeing, as well as a range of magazine articles, message boards and forums. Young people using these sites have told us that sharing similar concerns and experiences with other young people can break some of the stigma and help them to feel less isolated.
It can be really difficult to know the best way to support your child if they are struggling with their mental health. The following websites offer information as well as advice lines to get support yourself.
If you are in crisis these organisations offer online or telephone support
ChildLine – 0800 1111
Samaritans – 116 123