Mental Health and Wellbeing
Our Designated trained Lead for Mental Health is Mrs McGowan and she is well supported in this role by our staff family. In addition, Mrs McGowan, Mrs Cooper and Miss Wildy are trained Mental Health First Aiders and support children, staff and parents in a variety of ways; we work towards everyone feeling emotionally secure and resilient to deal with life's ups and downs. Miss Wildy leads on staff wellbeing and Ms Ali, as Pastoral Manager, leads on pupil wellbeing and family support. Ms Ali is also undertaking her training as a Lead Practitioner for Mental Health.
Social wellbeing and the ability to build positive healthy relationships, be respectful and caring is vital. Ms Ali supports this in school through her work with families. Our 'Good to be Green' system encourages good friendships; the SMSC curriculum and British Values are interwoven through all learning. Staff build good relationships with children and parents and this is demonstrated by the strong community we have established. We rely on and are there for each other.
We are all put on this Earth to fulfill God's mission and be who God wants us to be. We each have the responsibility to open our hearts and minds to the role we are intended to play. We can only truly be happy when we are working and living together for God. To do that successfully, we need to take care of the bodies God has given us and be respectful of each other. At St Antony's we try to take care of everything that makes us like Jesus Christ and fully human.
The church teaches us that we should look after the needy. It is good for our wellbeing to help others. We actively support a range of charitable work; fundraising and community work is an integral part of our curriculum. Mrs Malak ensures the Mini Vinnies and Caritas ambassadors lead the way.
Life is not always happy. When situations arise, emotions are triggered; sadness, worry, guilt or anger are some of the emotions our children need to recognise. One we know how we are feeling, we can make better choices. This is where Mrs Duxbury our Nurture Lead and Mrs Linely our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant can help. We use mindfulness in school to learn how to keep ourselves calm and react appropriately in the present moment. Emotionally aware people deal well with life and are resilient.
We must look after and respect the bodies that God gave us. By making healthy food choices and with daily exercise we can be the best we can be. Physical activity and good nutrition is of utmost importance in our curriculum. Mrs Saunders ensure we eat well and even gives cookery advice and recipes to parents. Mr McGregor ensures our sports provision caters for all.
We are spiritual. We have have places around school for quiet reflection. Meditation is part of our daily practice; this is through whole school worship, group and class opportunities. The children understand the importance of growing closer to God.
Please see the links below for advice and support.
BwD Covid-19 Help Hub - if you are in need of food, concerned about paying bills or in need of support for your mental wellbeing 01254 588111
Childline – 0800 1111
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline – 0800 800 5000
Children’s Advice and Duty Service (CADS) – 01254 666400
Adult Safeguarding Team- 01254 585949
CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably - Freephone or webchat (5pm until midnight) everyday - for those who are anxious, worried, unhappy or lonely - 0800 585858
Samaritans - 116 123 open 24 hours a day
Right Lines - online support if you or someone you know is self-harming - www.rightlines.co.uk
Listening Service Lancashire 0800 915 4640. Monday to Friday 7pm to 11pm, Saturday & Sunday 12 midday to 12 midnight. www.lancs-mentalhealtthhelpline.nhs.uk
Young Minds - for young people wanting advice & information about mental health & wellbeing. Parents/Carers helpline 0808 802 5544
BEAT - the UK's eating disorder charity. For anyone affected by an eating disorder or anyone supporting them - www.beatingdisorder.org.uk
FRANK - drugs helpline - 0300 123 6600, www.talktofrank.com or text 82111
Papyrus - the UK's charity for the prevention of young suicide - 0800 068 4141. 9am to 10pm weekdays, 2pm to 10pm weekends.
SHOUT - text service offered by Crisis 85258
The WISH Centre – 01254 260465
Karma Nirvana -Supporting Victims of Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage tel:08005999247 karmanirvana.org.uk
National Modern Slavery Helpline – 08000 121 700
Crimestoppers – 0200 555 111
Drug and Alcohol Service – 01254 495014
Relate – 0300 100 1234
Lancashire MIND – 01257 231660
Respect and Men’s Advice Line – 0202 802 4040
National Domestic Abuse Helpline- 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247
NSPCC- UK domestic-abuse Signs Symptoms Effects
Safelives: young people and domestic abuse.
information for adult victims, young people facing abuse in their own relationships
and parents experiencing child to parent violence/abuse)
POST LOCKDOWN SUPPORT
Now more than ever children and adults need support with their mental health and wellbeing. There is a list of useful links below. We understand how much this pandemic has affected everyone and can offer support and advice. If there is a link below that you want to know more about please ring or call in and see us and we can support you.