Mental Health Awareness

We have a strong emphasis on ensuring pupils at Hasting Hill Academy, and their families are well supported with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. Our intent is to help pupils know how to stay safe, what to do if they feel unsafe, get and stay mentally and physically healthy, and be active and empowered citizens. Our school policies and procedures ensure this commitment is incorporated in order to support all pupils. 

PSHCE is taught on a weekly basis, where pupils learn about their mental health and develop strategies for a positive mindset. In addition, we have assemblies and focus weeks such as Personal Development week around self-regulation. We also celebrate Pupil Wellbeing Week, in which pupils learn how to develop a healthy body and a healthy mind. 

In addition, provision is supported by an Educational Mental Health practitioner one day a week and NSPCC visits. In some classes, pupils have a mental health check-in, which enables teachers to offer support to pupils where needed.

Our focus on pupil’s emotional wellbeing is also reflected in the sensory circuits and sensory rooms. Pupils participate in Relaxed Kids yoga, and receive training on meditation and breathing techniques.

Staff have also received training from autism and sensory teams, along with attachment-based training. The school is currently working towards achieving the Mental Health Charter Mark. 

Useful websites:

Place2Be is a website purely dedicated to supporting children’s mental health. This link specifically provides you with advice and guidance for supporting your own mental health, as well as others. 

Childline is a counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom, provided by the NSPCC.

Young Minds are the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.