At Inglehurst Infant School, we are committed to promoting and supporting the positive physical health, emotional health, and mental health and wellbeing of our school community. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we have a role to play.
Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and are a direct response to what is happening in their lives. We believe that good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with different aspects of life and to grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.
Most children grow up mentally healthy, but research suggests that more children and young people have problems with their mental health today than 30 years ago. That’s probably because of changes in the way we live now and how that affects the experience of growing up.
Mostly things that happen to children don’t lead to mental health problems on their own, but traumatic events can trigger problems for children and young people who are already vulnerable. Changes often act as triggers: moving home or school or the birth of a new brother or sister, for example. Some children who start school feel excited about making new friends and doing new activities, but there may also be some who feel anxious about entering a new environment.
We are in a period of huge change while in lockdown, and this is understandably making everyone's mental health a higher priority.