Your mental health is a number one priority, it’s as important as your physical health, which is why here at RGS we have Helen Britten.
Mrs Britten is our Assistant Principal responsible for Personal Development, Welfare, Behaviour and Attitudes. This role encompasses the Mental Health Lead and Safeguarding Leads for the school, the role works with our Wellbeing Ambassador Hanna Bourne.
My office is A40 which can be found on the English corridor, but if in doubt just go to the main office and ask for Mrs Britten and they will find me.
Absolutely, a lot of the work I do is speaking and support parents on how to support their child. I have lots of years’ experience in working with young people. I also have links to lots external resources that I can signpost parents to for specialist support.
Mental health to me underpins everything, if your mental health is good you can function fully and reach your full potential, however if your mental health is not good this can have a negative impact on every part of your life. I am really passionate about helping young people to understand their mental health and how they can keep themselves mentally healthy. I also think it is important that we all learn to recognise when our mental health may need some extra support and how we get that support.
Schools are an important part of young people’s lives, where they learn about a number of things, not just your normal school subjects but education about all aspects of life. It is our role as teachers and leaders to help our young people understand what mental health is, how to look after their mental health, how to spot signs that their mental health may need some support and where/ how to get the supported needed. As I have said already mental health effects every part of your day to day life, this includes school. By understanding mental health we are able to support our young peoples to reach their full potential and be successful.
At RGS we have a number of ways that we support our young people with their mental health. Firstly through education, during a form times, assemblies and PSHE (Exel lessons ) lessons we teach students about ways they can keep themselves mentally healthy and how to spots the signs that their mental health may need support. We also look at different mental health conditions during these time, to help students have a full awareness of these conditions.
We also have a range of provisions that we can use to help our young people who need some additional support. Our pastoral team consists of our Heads of House who are all emotional wellbeing first aid trained and are available for students to talk to if they need support. We have a members of staff who are trained to deliver Lego therapy and art therapy. We work very closely with North Kent MIND, we have a support worker on site weekly and they run group and individual sessions with students looking at a range of ways to help promote wellbeing. Over the last 18 months over 40 students have benefited from this program. We also have an in school counsellor who see’s students on a 1 to 1 basis weekly.
In addition to the above in school support we also have and school nurse and educational psychologist that we can make referrals to. We are also able to make referrals to the Medway Young Persons Wellbeing Service (NELFT NHS also known as CAMHS) for those students that need more intensive specialist care. We also have a number of other resources and websites that we can signpost students and families too as well.