Mental Health AND WELL BEING
Thurston Community College believes that communities with good mental health will thrive and be more resilient in the face of challenges. Relationships will be stronger and more supportive, and from this strength and support the most productive learning will take place. At Thurston Community College we are committed to promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing for all. In order to do this we use a whole-school approach; a partnership between governors, senior leaders, teachers and all school staff, as well as parents, carers and the wider community. We are fortunate to be supported in this endeavour by the Psychology in Schools Team.
The Psychology in Schools Team supports the College community to:
learn how to take care of their own wellbeing; via the curriculum, including the PSHCE curriculum, workshops to enable students to manage anxiety and low mood, staff training and parental workshops
access high quality mental health guidance and signposting to relevant services
The team also offers support within school to students who might be vulnerable to developing mental health difficulties. They aim to support the system around these young people, through consultation and advice, and work collaboratively with school staff, parents and outside agencies to ensure the young person’s needs are understood appropriately and then met in a joined up way.
By focusing on creating a whole-system approach that supports the College community’s wellbeing, Thurston Community College hopes to make longer lasting differences that will benefit the whole community, as well as those who might need it most.
Mental health Podcast
In the most recent podcast the team discuss Gaming and Screentime.
In this Podcast Dr Beth Mosley (Lead Clinical Psychologist) and Dr Tamara Scully (Clinical Psychologist) from the Psychology in Schools Team in West Suffolk, talk about the impact of Covid-19 and lock-down on family life and how to support children and teenagers as they contemplate returning to school and managing being at home. Talking as parents as well as professionals we hope this podcast will be helpful and welcome feedback about future themes.