At Mengham Junior School, we recognise that there may be times in a child’s life when they may experience events and periods in time that can impact on their emotional well-being.
We aim to support a child’s positive mental health in many ways. Our PDL curriculum aims to support children in understanding the world around them, understanding and managing emotions, considering how to solve problems and difficulties when they arise and feeling positive about themselves.
Well-being Wednesdays were introduced in 2023. Each class takes part in activities to help promote positive well-being. We also explore mental health in assemblies and on national days such as Hello Yellow for the Young Minds.
We have a trained senior mental health lead who is able to identify signs and symptoms of possible mental health needs can identify possible means of support, including referrals to outside agencies if required.
We pride ourselves on knowing your children well and, as a whole school staff, we aim to develop positive relationships with them and you, their families. We respond as quickly as possible to any issues and ensure that difficulties are discussed and resolved in the best possible way to remove any barriers to learning.
This may include support for children within a group or on an individual basis or support for members of, or the whole family.
Support for a child may include:
• Emotional Literacy Support from our school ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)
• A referral and subsequent targeted support from a specialist agency (Hampshire Youth Access, MIND, Simon Says, school nurse)
Support for a parent or family may include:
• A phone call with our Home School Link Worker or ELSA
• A drop-in session with our Home School Link Worker
• A referral and subsequent targeted support from a specialist agency (MIND, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Southern Domestic Abuse Services, the Family Support Service).
Before any intervention begins, a member of the school team will contact you to discuss any identified needs and allow you to share your thoughts and feelings about how your child may be best supported moving forward.