Mental health and wellbeing

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

Miss Clucas – Wellbeing Champion

Mrs Patten – Wellbeing Champion

Claire Robinson – MHST

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