We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of our pupils. We expect everyone to share this commitment. View the safeguarding section of our website for more information.
Your Wellbeing and Mental Health
Here at Bowlee Park Community School we are committed to supporting the wellbeing and mental health of all are students. We are a Rights Respecting School and under Article 24, every child has the right to the best possible mental health as well as physical health. We believe that ‘Good mental health is a feeling of happiness, safety and the ability to thrive.’
5 Steps to Wellbeing
We all have mental health and we do not need to wait until there is a problem before we look after our wellbeing. Following the MAGIC ‘5 Steps to Wellbeing’ can help us to stay well.
Mindful - be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness 'mindfulness'. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
Active - find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
Generous - Give to others - even the smallest can count, whether it is a smile, a thank you or a kind word.
Interested - learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence.
Connected - connect with people around you.
Help when things are not going well
Sometimes, our mental health may not be as good as we hope. We may not feel happy, safe and able to thrive. This happens to many children and young people from time to time. We may have friendship problems, be anxious about the future, confused about body changes or stressed about exams. We may have worries and feel sad. There is lots of advice and information online about how to help. The organisations below may be able to help you:
Childline helps anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it is something big or small, their trained counsellors are there to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to them:
You can get excellent advice and support from YoungMinds. They have a free helpline (0808 802 5544) staffed Monday to Friday. You can also find information on their website at: www.youngminds.org.uk/parent/
#Thrive is for children and young people from 4 to 19 years. If you are: Feeling worried, angry or upset Struggling to cope? Stressed about school or exams? Feeling bad about yourself? Experiencing bullying or relationship worries? Or are you just feeling a bit low and not enjoying things? You must live, or be registered with a GP practice (doctor), in Heywood, Middleton or Rochdale. Contact them on 0161 716 2844.
The Anna Freud organisation have an excellent website full of really useful resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of children over 10 years old.
Kooth provides a safe, secure means of accessing help for mental health via the internet for pupils aged 11+. By accessing Kooth you can benefit from:
To use the service or find out more visit www.Kooth.com
You can also view a short video about the service by following this link: Kooth Video
The Proud Trust is a charity who support LGBTQ+ young people and those young people who may be questioning their identity.
Their website hopes to give a deeper understanding of LGBT+ identities and also provide information about how to support LGBT+ children and young people. The hope is that this will lead to more informed, open and supportive conversations with children and young people about LGBT+ identities.
In the case of a mental health emergency call 999. You will not be wasting anybody’s time and this is just as important as a physical emergency.