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Mental Health and Wellbeing at Birkby Junior School.

At Birkby Junior School, we are committed to supporting the positive mental health and wellbeing of our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers). We recognise that mental health and emotional wellbeing is just as important to our lives as physical health.

The Department of Education (DfE) recognises that: “in order to help their children succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. Schools can be a place for children and young people to experience a nurturing and supportive environment that has the potential to develop self-esteem and give positive experiences for overcoming adversity and building resilience. For some, school will be a place of respite from difficult home lives and offer positive role models and relationships, which are critical in promoting children’s wellbeing and can help create a sense of belonging and community.

School is part of the Trailblazer Mental Health Support Team Project and liases closely with Educational Psychology, CAMHS and CHEWs to provide support for children and families within our community.

We endeavour to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress. We aim to ensure that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role in ensuring that children learn about: what they can do to maintain positive mental health; what affects their mental health; how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues and where they can go if they need help or support.


Provision within school

Links to External Agencies

At Birkby Junior School, we have a strong links with a number of Mental Health Support agencies including:

  • CHEWS (Children’s Emotional Wellbeing Service)
  • CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Support)
  • EMHP (Educational Mental Health Practitioners)
  • ESCAYP (Therapy services)
  • Educational Psychology

School can make referrals to any of the above agencies with parental permission and support.

In addition to outside agencies, the following websites provide online resources to support children and their emotional wellbeing:

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