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Supporting Child Mental Health Issues

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Isobeleh, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. Isobeleh

    Isobeleh New commenter

    There have been a high number of children in my school this year that have required support for anxiety and depression, as well as a range of other mental health issues. Focusing on anxiety and depression, is there anything you are doing or using in your school that you feel is working/supporting the children with mental health issues really well? This year the children have worked through the 'Anxiety Gremlins' book/scheme and a book called 'Bag of Worries' (I think that's the name!?) as well as having weekly support/discussion/sharing groups.
  2. newromantic

    newromantic Occasional commenter

    One school I know uses 'Place2Be'. It is a mental health charity for children and works through schools. You do have to pay for the service but it is very effective.
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  3. Educationsvoice

    Educationsvoice New commenter

  4. cassandramark2

    cassandramark2 Lead commenter

    We have a specialist Thrive practitioner TA and a purpose built room (which we call The Nest). This is equipped with sensory materials, big cushions, etc and is timetabled for parts of the day for pupils with mental health issues but is also there for any child who feels overwhelmed.
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  5. hs9981

    hs9981 Established commenter

    Get a school dog. Perhaps a German Shepherd.

    In its PPA time it could double up as a corridor patrol unit!

    Joking aside, I know of at least two schools (rated as 'Outstanding') that have therapy dogs.
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  6. hs9981

    hs9981 Established commenter

    Yes, I had several students a couple of years ago that used to get 'overwhelmed' getting their pencil cases out. They would then duly walk out and sit on similar comfy cushions in the 'unit.'

    Bar the student with REAL needs, my response was always the same. You will feel much worse when you're sat in your final exams failing, because you weren't in lessons!

    Several of them agreed with me after they failed!
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  7. cassandramark2

    cassandramark2 Lead commenter

    We know our kids and I'm not talking about the type of situation you have mentioned - obviously. I'm talking about bereavement, domestic abuse etc, where children are given strategies to deal with traumatic situations, i.e. breathing exercises etc.

    Our room is timetabled for CAMHs pupils, LAC and those with severe attachment disorder.
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  8. hs9981

    hs9981 Established commenter

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  9. Isobeleh

    Isobeleh New commenter

    Thanks guys :)

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