Overchurch Junior School

Mental health and well being at OJS

Mental health & wellbeing sit at the heart of school life here at Overchurch Junior School.  We believe in promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing to ensure that the school is a community where everyone feels able to thrive.

We are well on the way to becoming a ‘trauma sensitive’ & mentally healthy place for all and have recently achieved the Wellbeing Award for Schools.  This award has been developed in partnership with The National Children’s Bureau and has helped us to develop a whole school approach for our community.

The school has a strong commitment to promoting emotional wellbeing and mental health (EWMH) for all.  EWMH is integral to the school improvement plan and is evident in many areas of the curriculum…” (Wellbeing Award for Schools, Verification Report, Jan 2023)

We all have mental health – some people call this emotional health or wellbeing.

The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a state of wellbeing in which every individual achieves their potential, copes with the normal stresses of life, works productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act.

Good mental health and wellbeing is just as important as good physical health. Like physical health, mental health can range across a spectrum from healthy to unwell; it can fluctuate on a daily basis and change over time.

In school, we have a team of people who can help with support, advice and questions.  Please get in touch if you need any help.

Mrs Elwill – Senior Mental Health Lead, Mental Health First Aider, EWMH Lead

Mrs McGettrick – Yoga and Minfulness teacher/therapist

Mrs Povall – Medical Lead

Mrs Patten – Wellbeing Champion

Claire Robinson – MHST

What happens in school

What is the Rainbow Programme?

The Programme utilises Growth Mindset, Mindfulness, Yoga and Yoga Therapy to support young people “in bringing their physical and emotional body into balance to restore health and wellbeing”.

The Rainbow Programme is a multi-faceted service designed to improve overall wellbeing across the school. Delivered by a trained
yoga-therapist, each programme will support children based on the ‘Key Outcomes’.

“These programmes have been developed to offer children the tools & techniques needed to self regulate and be in control of themselves. As we all know, mental health is on the increase. Our programme has been developed as a preventative measure for children’s poor mental health & wellbeing”.

We focus on:

  • stress reduction
  • building resilience
  • raising self awareness
  • processing emotions


Support and Advice

Wirral’s number one resource for families in WirralFamily Toolbox provides practical advice, links and contacts to support parents.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is transforming mental health by working with infants, children, young people and their families, their communities and professionals to deliver timely evidence-based support for all.

Every Mind Matters. There are small things we can all do to help be kind to your mind, and these can make a big difference to how we feel.

Get expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental wellbeing and make them part of your daily routine.


Recognising the signs that a child may be struggling with their mental health can be really hard. We’ve got advice to help you support children.

Whether you want to understand more about how you’re feeling and find ways to feel better, or you want to support someone who’s struggling, we can help.

The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need to thrive.

We’re the leading independent nonprofit in children’s mental health, operating three Mission Areas that work together for greater impact: Care, Education and Science.

Elsa Support is a website which provides downloadable resources, and a range of complementary printed products, that support the teaching of emotional literacy or emotional intelligence by ELSA’s. A lot of the resources on this website are perfectly suitable for all teaching professionals to use and there is also a parent section with resources suitable for parents to use.

Go Noodle

Flow & Steady: Tune into your body, your surroundings, and focus on your mental health.

Action for Happiness brings people together and provides practical resources. We help each other learn evidence-based skills for happier living, feel a sense of belonging and commit to personal action to create more happiness, for ourselves and others.