World Mental Health day is celebrated every year and this year in school, we focused in particular on mental health among our pupils. We incorporated mental health lessons into our teaching on each day of this week!
We used child appropriate lessons to teach children about the importance of looking after their mind, just the same as they would look after any other part of themselves if it was unwell. The children enjoyed learning about their feelings and emotions and finding out some techniques for dealing with ‘negative’ feelings they encounter as part of their everyday lives!
We also listened to and learned about how real people (both adults and children) deal with difficult feelings. The website https://walkinourshoes.org. was used to explore these feelings. The children were interested to find out that everyone experiences ‘negative’ feelings sometimes and that this is perfectly normal. We also talked about different ways we may find useful to help us deal with our emotions