At Blackfriars, we understand that it is difficult for students to learn effectively if they are struggling with mental health issues. This can encompass a very wide scale including stress caused by a single event such as exams; obsessive compulsive disorder; eating disorders; depression or issues around low self-esteem and anxiety to name but a few.
There is a very nurturing approach at Blackfriars. Every pupil has a class team who build relationships with them and parents – know and understand needs and work together to put the correct support in place. Teaching Assistants stay with the pupils all day and in the Questioning Pathway move to every lesson with them. Blackfriars works closely with other professionals who can support, Dr Juliet Shand Clinical Psychologist, DOVE and CAMHS.
The NHS's "five ways to wellbeing" are encouraged. These themes are:
Connect – with family/ friends, colleagues and neighbours. With our pupils developing positive relationships.
Be Active – take a walk, go cycling, play a game of football or an activity you enjoy.
Keep Learning - learn a new skill to gain confidence and a sense of achievement.
Give to others - even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts such as volunteering can open your social network and improve mental health.
Be Mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. It can change the way you feel and approach challenges.