(Mental Health and Well Being Support in School)
As a school we have worked closely with Derbyshire County Council to be part of the launch of their SMILERS campaign. Smilers is an acronym to help us remember the things we can do to improve our own mental health. This is for grown-ups, as well as for children.
Positive mental health is an essential part of children’s overall health—has a complex interactive relationship with their physical health and their ability to succeed in school, at work, and in society. Both physical and mental health affect how we think, feel, and act on the inside and outside. Mental health is important throughout childhood—from prenatal considerations through transitions to adulthood.
Smilers is used as a whole school approach to talking about mental health. It is how we promote positive mental health across school. Our Mental Health Ambassadors are launching this across school this year. Smilers stands for:
Each of the words explains to children the things they need to know and do to support their own mental health.
The SMILERS ways to wellbeing are:
STAY CONNECTED Having healthy relationships with people and pets to help you to feel happy.
MOVE Being active to releases chemicals in your brain which boosts your mood and makes you feel good.
INTEREST Having special interests and learning something new to keep your brain busy.
LOOK Using your senses to notice what is around you to keep you in the moment.
EATING WELL Eating a balanced diet to make you feel good and also to help you stay healthy and strong.
REST Getting a good night’s sleep to improve your memory, mood and mental health.
SUPPORT Supporting people to make us feel positive and to make them happy too!