Well- Being and Mental Health

Seaton Sluice First School
Commitment to Well-Being and Mental Health Support
Here at Seaton Sluice First School, we promote the importance of well-being and provide support for mental health. This includes support for our pupils, staff and parents. 
We work in partnership with Northumberland County Council and also have our own 'in school' mental health champions who take the lead on these areas and have particular interest, experience and expertise to make a difference in school. 
Our school mental health lead teachers are:
Rachael McCabe email: rachael.mccabe@seatonsluicefirst.co.uk
Nikki Chivers email: nikki.chivers@seatonsluicefirst.co.uk
Rachael is our well-being teacher who provides play therapy for our pupils, staff training in supporting children and families who have experienced trauma and also outreach family support work. Rachael works every Monday and Thursday. 
Nikki is our Key Stage 2 Lead Teacher and our Senior Mental Health Lead Practitioner.
Nikki works closely with Rachael and both members of staff are currently leading the school in their work towards achieving the School Mental Health Award with Leeds Beckett University. 
Both Rachael and Nikki provide face-to-face support and advice as part of our school newsletter, including helpful advice and website support. 
Below are some very helpful resources that could be used to support situations within families. They include advise, tips and practical suggestions in support of well-being and mental health. 
The Ollee Parents' Hub has now been launched having been developed with funding from BBC Children in Need's 'A Million & Me' initiative. Ollee is a virtual friend for children aged 8-11 that helps them identify, think and talk about their emotions. Whether they are worried about their friends, sad about not being able to see a family member or confused about something they heard in the news, Ollee can support children with tailored advice- and encourage them to discuss their feelings further with trusted adults. The link for this excellent website is below. 
                                               BBC - Children in Need appeal for 2010