Positive Mental Health
Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (World Health Organization)
At Cranberry Academy, we are committed to promoting positive mental health for every child and every member of staff. We do this in a variety of different ways these include;
- PSHE lessons happen on a weekly basis. In these lessons, mental health and well-being are at the forefront of the children’s learning.
- All our staff recognise the importance of listening to each and every child and their worries/concerns. They can then support them to find a solution/ point them in the right direction for support.
- In each classroom we have a worry box so that the children can share any concerns in private if they so wish or with their class. The class teachers regularly check the boxes and will go through them with their class or individual children (if required) This enables the children to always feel heard and to gain the support they need.
- Staff run a range of interventions that promote positive mental health. These happen every week at the academy.
- We invite in charities and companies (NSPCC for example) to promote positive mental health.
- We run regular assemblies for the children to promote positive mental health and to remind them of the support that is available at the academy.
For more information please read our Emotionally Healthy School Policy.
- Zones of Regulation is about you recognising how you’re feeling using strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another
- Death, Grief and Hope (Church Army)
- Supporting Good Mental Health from the Church of England
For most of us, bereavement will be the most distressing experience we will ever face. Grief is what we feel when somebody we are close to dies. Grief is a very personal experience, everyone experiences it differently; there is no ‘normal’ or ‘right’ way to grieve; we need space to deal with our feelings in our own way.
If you suffer a loss and you feel school can help you in any way, please do contact us. The links below provide access to support you and your child through this difficult time.
External support links
Finding Your Own Way to Grieve (Karla Helbert)
To Me You Will Always Be … You!: A Story About Grief and Loss (Joanna Turner)
Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs (Tomie De Paola)
Ida, Always (Caron Levis)
Wherever You are, My Love Will Find You (Nancy Tillman)
The Invisible String (Patrice Karst)
I’ll Always Love You (Hans Wilhelm)
The Goodbye Book (Todd Parr)
Milly’s Bug-nut (Jill Janney)
I Miss You (A first look at death) (Pat Thomas)
Sad Book (Michael Rosen)
The Little Book of Bereavement for Schools (Ian Gilbert)