Portishead Primary School

Portishead Primary School

Learning & achieving together

Mental Health First Aid and Wellbeing

On the 20th and 25th of November Mr Riordan was part of the first batch of Lighthouse Schools Partnership staff to complete the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England Youth MHFA course.

We are very proud to have a fully trained mental Health first aider on the school staff and will be training up an additional member of our team in March.

The World Health Organisation defines health as: 

"A state of (complete) physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

Mental health is:

"The emotional and spiritual resilience which allows us to enjoy life and survive pain, disappointment and sadness. It is a positive sense of wellbeing and an underlying belief in our own, and others dignity and worth."

"Mental health influences how we think and feel about ourselves and others and how we interpret events. It affects our capacity to learn, to communicate and to form, sustain and to end relationships. It also influences our ability to cope with change, transition and life events: having a baby, moving house, experiencing bereavement. 

Supporting the mental health of our stakeholders is one of the 3 strategic goals of the school which were agreed by the local governing body in July 19.

in 2004 one in ten (10%) children aged 5-16 had a clinically diagnosed mental disorder, 4% had an emotional disorder (anxiety or depression), 6% had a conduct disorder, 2% had a hyperkinetic disorder, and 1% has a less common disorder. Some children (2%) had more than one type of disorder.

The 1999 Mental Health Foundation report, Bright Futures, defined children who are mentally healthy as able to:

-Develop psychologically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually

-Initiate, develop and sustain mutually satisfying personal relationships

-Use and enjoy solitude

-Become aware of others and empathise with them

-Play and learn

-Develop a sense of right and wrong: and

-Resolve (face) issues and setbacks and learn from them.

Over the next 3 academic years the school will build on the existing strategies we have in place to support the wellbeing of our children, families and staff. We recognise that mental health is as important as physical health and will be treated with the same degree of respect, dignity and care.

Part of this work will be to develop a wellbeing section of the website to support families and provide links to information that may be useful.