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Mental Health & Wellbeing

At Harris Academy Morden we aim to create an environment where all children and adults understand the importance of taking care of their emotional well-being which includes promoting good positive mental health. We recognise that we have an active role in protecting our students from issues which may arise surrounding mental health and self-harm.

There are eight principals of an emotionally healthy school. At Harris Academy Morden our philosophy is to promote a whole school ethos and environment that supports good mental health for all our pupils and staff. We believe that a whole school approach is crucial in tackling mental health effectively and particularly in removing stigma, by working universally across our entire school community. This diagram below illustrates the eight principles of an emotionally healthy school and is taken from 'Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing - a whole school and college approach. Please read our Positive Mental Health policy for further advice and guidance.

HAMD-Positive-Mental-Health-Policy-2021-22.pdf

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Lynn Edwards, Designated Safeguarding Lead and Julie Shepherd Deputy Safeguarding Lead both lead on Mental Health at Harris Academy Morden. We have a team of both student and staff Mental Health Informed Champions.

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 offer the following guidance:

  • all staff should be aware that mental health problems can, in some cases, be an indicator that a child has suffered or is at risk of suffering abuse, neglect or exploitation.
  • only appropriately trained professionals should attempt to make a diagnosis of a mental health problem. Education staff, however, are well placed to observe children day-to-day and identify those whose behaviour suggests that they may be experiencing a mental health problem or be at risk of developing one.
  • where children have suffered abuse and neglect, or other potentially traumatic adverse childhood experiences, this can have a lasting impact throughout childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. It is key that staff are aware of how these children’s experiences, can impact on their mental health, behaviour, and education.
  • schools and colleges can access a range of advice to help them identify children in need of extra mental health support, this includes working with external agencies.

The National Society of Prevention to Cruelty to children ( NSPCC) states that recognising the signs that a child may be struggling with their mental health can be really hard and offer advice and support for any child who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings or self-harm. Please click on the following link to access the NSPCC website: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/

Further support contact details:

HAMD-Mental-health-champion-booklet-2021-22-1.pdfCAMHS-crisis-numbers.pdf