Seton School at Staithes shining light on mental health issues

Teachers and pupils at Seaton School in Staithes are shining a light on mental health issues.

Friday, 22nd November 2019, 12:28 pm
Seton School are taking part in activities to address mental health. Bob Butterfield teaching the kids music. pic Richard Ponter

Advanced Teaching Assistant Gill Pearson is a trained Thrive practitioner who delivers invaluable sessions to children.

These provide a powerful way of working with children to support optimal social and emotional development, and also as a way to support children who may have struggled with difficult life events to help them re-engage with life and learning.

Deputy Head Teacher Vicki Laven recently qualified as a Mental Health First Aider and now has the knowledge and awareness to be able to identify the signs of poor mental health. She also has the skills to best support individuals in times of crisis.

Seton School children with their engineering project, pictured with teacher Gill Pearson. pic Richard Ponter

“Early identification is key to offering support and providing the skills needed to build resilience to succeed in life,” she said.

A range of activities are embedded in the school curriculum to encourage strong well-being. Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles is a priority and the children take part in the Daily Mile, providing them with a sense of freedom and time for their minds to breathe.

All classes are encouraged to practise mindfulness and younger children at Seton love taking part in Paint a Person sessions, where they listen to calming music and enjoy a bit of ‘me time’. The school has also developed strong links with the Men’s Shed which offers support through shared activities, which provide the chance to reconnect with others and revive self-esteem.

Members of the Men’s Shed have made a fantastic shop and car for the school children to play with.

Enjoying some fresh air on the track with Shaun Evans and Deputy Head Vicki Laven. pic Richard Ponter