Wellbeing is about our thoughts, feelings, emotions and ability to react to life. A good sense of wellbeing is feeling ok and able to cope, even when life or situations are challenging.
Sometimes our wellbeing is affected by things out of our control: illness, a stressful family situation or crisis.
When our wellbeing is affected and we don’t feel able to cope, this can lead to mental health concerns: sadness, depression and unhelpful thoughts that can stop us from enjoying and coping with daily life.
Mental health Illness
Sometimes, people are born with a mental health illness which affects them throughout their lives. They might have different ways of being supported and coping with their mental health illness; they might take a medicine or they might have a doctor or counsellor that they talk to, to help them cope and regain a sense of wellbeing.
Mental illness is often invisible, but that doesn’t mean it should be hidden. Statistics tell us that most people suffer from a mental health concern at some point in their lives and that one in ten young people struggle with their mental health. People with any illnesses, whether they affect our mental or physical health, deserve support, help and understanding.
Breaking the stigma
Understanding and responding to our mental health and wellbeing needs is something we believe in at Ashbrook Junior School. We aim to take away the stigma and negativity and help our pupils and families to talk openly.
In this section of our website, we hope to share our activities and learning in school, as well as helpful advice, websites and contacts. If you would like to see anything added to this site, or to speak more about wellbeing and mental health, please ring school and speak to Lou Jenkins, the Ashbrook Mental Health First Aider, for a confidential chat.
Anti-Stigma Ambassadors - mental health training
We had a very successful day at Friesland School on Wednesday 3 October 2018. Six new ambassadors enjoyed a day of exploring mental health and planning how to promote and improve wellbeing in school. Joining Rufus F and Amy H as fully trained ambassadors are: Matheu S, Molly K, Harvey M, Olive B, Poppy I-B, and Matthew H.
They look forward to sharing their action plan with everyone very soon!