In November 2018 Beam’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy was introduced. The Change team, led by Mrs. Kryeziu has been instrumental in providing essential training for staff. The teaching staff can now access a scheme of work. Every class in the school has a nominated Wellbeing Ambassador and a designated “safe space”. These ambassadors, set up activities during lunchtimes to help improve the well being of their peers. The school has signed up to take part in Education for Well-being – INSPIRE Primary Trial. The programme has been influenced by the protective behaviours approach. The focus is on mental health awareness within the context of developing safety behaviours. The relevant staff will be trained by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.
To raise awareness of Mental Health, the school’s web site had a page dedicated to Mental Health and Well Being thus providing support and advice to the larger community. In addition, Mrs. Huskie (Beam’s Parent Support Adviser) has hosted several workshops and coffee mornings for parents around the theme of Mindfulness and coping with stress.
These are on-going endeavours as we aim to de-stigmatise talk and engagement around mental health and improve the overall wellbeing of the staff, pupils and parent community.