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Emotional Wellbeing and Resilience Sessions for Year 3 to Year 6 Students


Following on from Monday 4th June where we held sessions on “Emotional Wellbeing and resilience” for parents, staff and all KS2 students led by Jenny Langley. Please find attached the presentation and guidance notes used on the day.

At Hawkhurst Primary School, we take emotional wellbeing of our students and staff very seriously. The latest research suggests that, in every school, up to 20% of students have issues around emotional well being and mental health. In addition at least 10% of school age students are likely to have a diagnosable mental health issue such as depression & anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, poor body image and low self esteem often driven by perfectionist tendencies. The good news, then, is that 70% of students are in good shape.

Parents and staff can really help to increase the resilience of all students with a programme of prevention and early intervention using simple, yet well researched techniques based on cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing and learned optimism.

Since her son recovered from anorexia in 2004, Jenny has tirelessly campaigned to raise awareness around child and adolescent emotional wellbeing. But this is more like series of popular online games than what is described above. Jenny is a trainer for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and has a well established association with many schools in the South East. She has worked closely with the leading teaching hospitals including King’s College and the Maudsley, been involved in several research studies and piloted several courses both for students and parents. She now delivers talks across all areas of mental health and emotional wellbeing

The student sessions were light hearted, interactive and included the following themes:

  1. Being proud to be me and celebrating our differences
  2. Giving and receiving compliments
  3. Identifying and talking about feelings
  4. Recognising my toolbox of coping strategies and my support network
  5. Everyone has a bad day sometimes
  6. How to be a good friend
  7. Asking for help and not keeping secrets
  8. A five step plan for when I am worried about something
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