Mental and Emotional Health

Myself and My Relationships

Understanding emotions, our own and those of other people, is central to emotional wellbeing and mental health. Emotions affect the way we feel, think and behave. We need to recognise emotions in ourselves and others and manage them, particularly when they are strong, if we are to build satisfying relationships. Emotional wellbeing contributes to the development of a positive self-image and good self-esteem, both of which have an impact on how confidently we approach things and how prepared we are to undertake challenges, including those inherent in learning.

Children who understand their emotions, can manage them positively and are aware and respectful of the emotions of others, are more likely to lead happy and productive lives, in and out of school. Schools have a significant impact on a child’s emotional wellbeing, playing a crucial role in equipping children with the necessary skills and understanding to cope with varied situations and a range of feelings.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally’. (Jon Kabat-Zinn).

Through Mindfulness we can become aware of what is happening inside ourselves, and learn to respond to it more skilfully – it helps us to relate differently to our experiences, and can increase our ability to manage difficult situations and make wise choices. There is a growing body of evidence showing that it helps people of all ages to learn more effectively, think more clearly, perform better and to feel calmer, less anxious and less depressed.

Although mindfulness has its origins in ancient Buddhist meditation traditions, it is now secular, with no religious content. The main route for learning Mindfulness is through an 8 week course called MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) or MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy).

The PSHE Service provides consultancy support and guidance about how to go about learning and developing mindfulness practice for yourself and in school, and introductory or ‘taster’ sessions for staff, including a one day course as part of our course programme. This includes information about programmes for teaching Mindfulness to children and young people, and the routes for training to do this. Please see the course flier, or contact us for further details.

 

Provision for development of Primary work on Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

We offer a range of resources to support the development of this area in Primary Schools:

Primary Personal Development Programme  The Cambridgeshire Primary Personal Development Programme provides primary schools with all the resources needed to deliver a comprehensive PSHE curriculum from EYFS to year 6. It includes units of work on ‘My Emotions’, ‘Working together’ and ‘Managing Change’, all of which support children’s learning about mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Primary Mental Health Themeset is a package designed to support primary schools in developing emotional and mental health provision and also to review and develop policy and practice. CPD for Staff is available to meet your needs in building teacher confidence or support you with developing policy and practice.

Provision for development of Secondary work on Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

We offer and range of resources to support this area in secondary schools:

Secondary Wellbeing Frameworks for PSHE  All of our materials for PSHE and Citizenship are based on a series of Wellbeing Frameworks which provide a developmental overview of all areas of learning. These frameworks build on national guidance for PSHE, identifying key areas of learning across the school curriculum.

Contact

For more information, please contact

pshe@cambridgeshire.gov.uk