Top 10 tips for positive mental health
- Talk about your feelings
- Keep Active
- Eat well
- Stay hydrated
- Keep in touch
- Ask for help
- Take a break
- Do something you can excel at
- Accept who you are
- Care for others
Student well-being is an important part of life at Caistor Grammar School. Through our PSHE programme, we work with students to develop resilience, emotional intelligence and empathy. We encourage students to develop a pro-active approach to their own well-being, engaging in extra-curricular activities to discover and to enhance their skills.
In PSHE lessons, we aim:
- To deliver a curriculum which is relevant to the needs of our students
- To give students the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, to manage their life now and in the future
- To prepare students for life and work in modern Britain
- To encourage students to discuss, in an informed manner, allowing them to develop their own voice to become critical, independent thinkers
- To develop strong, supportive relationships with students and staff across the school
You can read more about the content of our PSHE curriculum here.
We offer lots of help to support students’ well-being within school. We train around 20 Year 12 and Year 13 students per year to act as Sixth Form mentors to younger students. A number of staff have successfully achieved a Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) qualification in Children and Young People’s Mental Health and we pride ourselves on the philosophy that students can approach any member of staff with a problem.
Our diary planner, which is issued to all students and teachers, offers advice to students on how they can manage their online and offline life, how they can manage stress through a healthy lifestyle, how they can recognise the triggers that can cause stress and the agencies and organisations that students (or their parents) can contact for further help. You can find these pages at the back of the diary planner, or alternatively, you can view them here.
In school, we also consider physical activity as being vital in helping to establish positive mental health. At the bottom of this page there is an exercise programme that can be completed by students (and parents) of all abilities. Even moderate activity can support positive mental health.
Our Senior Prefect Team have identified what they consider to be the most useful websites that students and parents can explore if they are seeking support for mental health issues.
The School counsellor, Sally Gray, is in school on a Wednesday and Thursday. Appointments can be made with her via the Head of Section or Mrs Buck, the Deputy Head, or Mrs Clark, the Designated Safeguarding Lead. We also run a Positive Mental Health group for students in the Sixth Form as part of the Wednesday afternoon activities.