Mental Health and Wellbeing
At West Didsbury CE Primary School we are fully committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of all our pupils and staff. We consider mental health to be of the same importance as physical health and recognise the need to support both our pupils and our staff with this.
Our SENCO (Ms Smith) leads a Mental Health Working Group with members of staff from across the St James and Emmanuel Trust, including our PSHE Lead. This working group meets every half term with the specific focus of implementing strategies to improve our school’s mental health and wellbeing provision. Please look out for updates from this group in the school’s newsletter.
Below you will find our Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy which outlines the support that all pupils receive to develop understanding of their own mental health, resilience and knowledge of what they can do to keep mentally healthy. The Mental Health Identification Procedure shows the pathway that we will follow if we are concerned a pupil has mental health difficulties. The App Wheel is designed by Catalyst Psychology, the psychology service that we use at West Didsbury CE. The apps, which focus on a number of wellbeing themes e.g. mindfulness, can be used with children at primary school age. All of the apps were appropriate at the time of the wheel's creation, but we would advise parents to check any apps they download before giving them to children, just in case any updates have made changes to layout or content.
If you have any questions or comments about how we support our school community with mental health and wellbeing then please contact Ms Emilie Smith (SENCo and Mental Health Lead) via the school office on 0161 448 1611 or on the following email address: