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Mental Health and Well Being

Monday 13th May - Sunday 19th May 2024 is Mental Health Awareness Week

This year's theme is 'movement' and how this is a great way to enhance our well-being.

Here are some linked resources which may be of interest:

The Manorbrook Mental Health Team

Karen Payne – Mental Health Lead, SENDCo

Nikki Downs – ELSA, Family Link



At Manorbrook it is our aim to promote positive mental health and well-being within our whole school community and to raise awareness of how looking after our mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health. 


Children’s Mental Health is a crucial element in a child’s overall well-being and can affect their learning potential, but it is worth remembering that the majority of children and young people have good mental health and well-being most of the time.  The starting point should therefore be teaching children the factors that contribute to and help us to maintain well-being (DfE Teaching Mental Well-Being Guidance – June 2020).


Our role in school is to give children the tools to be able to manage times of change and stress, to be resilient and to know how to ask for help should they need it.  By learning about what they can do to maintain positive mental health and what affects their own mental health we hope to reduce the stigma that still exists around this.


The World Health Organisation’s definition of mental health and well-being is:

“…a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”


At Manorbrook we aim for:

•             all members of the community to feel valued

•             pupils to have a sense of belonging and to feel safe

•             pupils to feel able to talk openly with trusted adults

•             the promotion of positive mental health

•             kindness to be shown by all


If at any time you have concerns about your child’s mental health or wellbeing, please contact school to make an appointment with one of the Mental Health Team.

Useful websites

Monday 5th February - Sunday 11th February 2024 is Children's Mental Health Week

This year's theme is 'My Views Matter' and we will be exploring this with the children in school.

Here are some linked resources so that you can continue any conversations at home:

Tuesday 10th October 2023 is World Mental Health Day

Today is a reminder to talk about mental health, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to get help if you are struggling.

For Parents and Carers and Professionals

Look out for the ‘little big things’ that can help you stay mentally healthy. Little big things are little differences that you make, which will have a big impact on your day.  It might be a little chat with a friend, a little walk in nature or a little 5 minutes just for you.

  • The national NHS ‘Every Mind Matters’ programme offers a tailored programme of support that is designed to help people especially those finding it difficult to cope with life events such as bereavement, money worries or relationship breakdown. This year, the programme also offers new advice on dealing with sleep problems

The Action For Happiness page has 10 Keys to Happiness which could help structure some of your conversations or put up a Happiness Calendar for your school or workplace.

You can access local mental health support on the One You South Glos pages. There are links to services, self-help advice and information to help you stay mentally healthy and look after your wellbeing. You can stay up to date with One You South Glos info using their Facebook page.

For Children and Young people

If young people have any questions, the Mind You webpage has a wealth of information aimed at Young People.

You can also find lots of information and services on the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) page.

Monday 15th May - Sunday 21st May 2023 is Mental Health Awareness Week.


This year's theme is Anxiety.

Please find below some linked resources:

Monday 6th February - Friday 10th February 2023 is Children's Mental Health Week


The Theme is: 'Let's Connect'