At Peacehaven Community School, we place a strong emphasis on the wellbeing of our students. We believe that when our students feel supported, they are more likely to achieve their academic and personal goals. We understand that adolescence can be a challenging time, and we are dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment where our students can thrive.
Recent studies by Public Health England show that positive mental wellbeing is crucial for a child's self-perception and ability to lead a fulfilling life. With an estimated five children in every classroom in the UK affected by mental health problems, we are fully committed to providing our students with the necessary support and guidance to maintain their mental health. We work hard to combat social stigma and misconceptions by empowering our students with the tools and confidence to make informed decisions regarding their mental health.
We encourage open communication and urge our students to seek the help of trusted adults when they are facing difficulties. By working together, we can create a community that values and prioritises mental health and wellbeing.
At Peacehaven Community School, we believe that by prioritising the wellbeing of our students, we can help them to achieve their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.
What else are we already doing to promote positive wellbeing?
■ Delivering positive wellbeing into our curriculum through our PSHE & Tutor Programme
■ By Appointing a Designated Mental Health Lead
■ By expanding our Pastoral Team with additional pastoral managers.
■ Providing wellbeing training to all staff & further opportunity throughout the year to develop their knowledge & understanding in this area
■ By implementing a simple & effective referral system. Any member of staff who has concerns regarding a student's wellbeing can make a referral
■ Training year 10 students in restorative peer mentoring. These students then mentor some of our KS3 students using active listening & restorative approaches to resolve low level conflicts & restore confidence & self-esteem.
■ 1-1 small group workshops, run over a 6 week period, on different mental health issues, led by our lead mental health.
■ By appointing an Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA) who has received specific training by educational psychologists to support the emotional development of our young students.
■ By having regular student council meetings -to encourage student voice
■ Raising awareness of mental health & emotional wellbeing by participating in annual charity events such as World Mental Health Day, Anti Bullying Week, Odd
Socks Day, Time to Talk Day plus many more.
Please find below a bank of resources to help support your mental wellbeing:
East Sussex School Health Services
Are you ages between 11-19? Or are you a parent/carer of a child or young person aged 5 to 19 years old? You can speak to a school nurse in person on a Tuesday & Thursday between 10am -3pm & 6pm -9pm.
or text 07507332473 anytime
Mental Heath charities
YoungMinds | Mental Health Charity For Children And Young People
Wellbeing Centres (East Sussex Community Network)
Information for young people on mental health and wellbeing
Place2Be: Improving children's mental health in schools
On My Mind | Resources for Young People
East Sussex County council resources
Eating disorder resources
The UK's Eating Disorder Charity - Beat -
2XQnrpJXDA/edit?usp=sharing - Eating disorders - information for parents
pUJPgM/edit?usp=sharing - Toolkit for carers (eating disorders)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HASgPbHzyWOSpxa1QAQ3g9WjhaYvuqsU/view?usp=sharing - Resources for parents
Calm Harm App: Home
How to Talk About Self-Harm | stem4
Useful contacts - self-harm -
Self-harm | Signs of Self-harm And Getting Help
useful information about self-harm
Common Questions - Further advice &support for self-harm