What is Mental Health?
The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a state of wellbeing in which every individual achieves their potential, copes with the normal stresses of life, works productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act.
Good mental health is not simply the absence of diagnosable mental health problems, although good mental health is likely to help protect against development of many such problems.
Good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to fulfil a number of key functions and activities, including:
- the ability to learn
- the ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions
- the ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
- the ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty.
Like physical health, mental health is something we all have. It can range across a spectrum from healthy to unwell; it can fluctuate on a daily basis and change over time.
Building strong mental health early in life can help children build their self-esteem, learn to settle themselves and engage positively with their education. This, in turn, can lead to improved academic attainment, enhanced future employment opportunities and positive life choices.
Medatis Ltd delivers bespoke sessions by qualified staff for staff and pupils designed to cultivate the coping skills and strategies to optimise good mental health. Social and emotional skills prevent poor mental health from developing, help all children cope effectively with setbacks and remain healthy.
Sample sessions include: –
· Therapeutic/well-being sessions to reduce anxieties and maximise coping strategies.
· Enhanced awareness by all staff due to excellent Mental Health CPD e.g. ‘Attachment’ Behaviour, Anxiety, Depression, Bi Polar disorder, Schizophrenia, self harm
· Effective, known strategies, proven through evidence-based research of best practice, gained in specialist training.