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.
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.
In September 2020 we will be sharing 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.
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”.