Within our JTFS community, taking care of staff and student wellbeing remains at the core of everything we do. We are proud of our whole school approach to raise awareness of the importance of taking care of our own wellbeing as well as the wellbeing of others. We use many opportunities throughout the year to do this such as house assemblies, PT activities, house challenges, specific wellbeing focused enrichment and fundraising for mental health charities such as Young Minds.
There are plenty of different types of support out there, and a Mental Health First Aider can help you access them. Mental Health First Aiders are a point of contact if you, or someone you are concerned about, are experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. We are not therapists or psychitrists but we can give you initial support and signpost you to appropriate help if required.
We are pleased to welcome Paul Taylor to the JTFS team who is our school counsellor, based in our wellbeing room. Paul is in school twice per week and will work with specific students who have been identified by the Student Support Team as requiring specialist emotional wellbeing support. Paul also offers his services to support staff with counselling sessions outside of the school day.
The Peer Education Project is overseen by The Mental Health Foundation and consists of five mental health and wellbeing lessons, delivered to the whole of our year 7 cohort by a cohort of year 10 Peer Educators. The lessons introduce the idea of mental health existing on a spectrum that changes over time and in response to our different life experiences. The lessons also give students the skills to improve and maintain their own wellbeing, while supporting the wellbeing of their friends and peers alike.
The selected year 10 Peer Educators engage with a rigorous training process which enhances their knowledge about mental health, facilitates their planning for the lessons as well as developing skills to lead each of the sessions and teach our year 7 cohort.
Here at JTFS we strongly believe in the power of a community in supporting the young people in our care. Every term we hold an informal wellbeing evening to give parents the opportunity to come into school and see what we do to support our students. We will also be engaging with external visitors throughout the year who will be on hand to offer their expertise and guidance on how to support young people managing their own wellbeing.