Mental Health Awareness Week 2018
Take a minute to think about your mental well-being
Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week (Monday 14th- Sunday 20th May). Mr Hayton, who is the Learning Service Leader in SEMH here at Leeds West Academy, writes about the importance of mental well-being for both staff and students in our school.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, it is important for staff and pupils to take a minute to think about our own mental health and the mental health of loved ones. It is important to remind ourselves that we all have mental health and this is changeable dependent on what we are personally dealing with.
MentalHealth.gov describes mental health as our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through to adulthood.
Mental health is an area that Leeds West Academy has been focusing on and will continue to do so as research shows that early intervention is key for supporting students who have mental health problems. Leeds West Academy have three waves of support, which gives a clear idea of support that can be offered ranging from:
- Pastoral support from Year Teams
- Support from the Additional Needs Team
- Referrals onto the specialist services that can be found in the cluster
As staff, parents and pupils we should all be aware of mental health issues and if you are concerned about yourself or others then speak to someone you trust, like the SEMH team, to discuss this. There are a number of very good resources available for staff, parents and pupils including mindmate.org.uk and mentalheath.org.uk.