At Castle View Academy, the good mental health and wellbeing of our students are of the utmost importance. If a student isn't in the right frame of mind to learn, progress will be limited. Here are some resources that are available to support our students to help build resilience, self-esteem, a sense of belonging and good mental health.
The provisions we offer here at Castle View Academy to promote wellness and good mental health are:
ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants): We have two trained ELSA’s on site who work with students showing hightened anxiety, low self-esteem, perfectionism, anger, coping with loss, social skills and nurturing a sense of belonging. This support can be in group work or on an individual basis.
CBT: We offer students support in breaking their cycle of negative thoughts by helping them to think differently and not to get caught up in a spiral of thinking errors.
Relax Kids: For our younger student who have been identified as in need for extra support, we offer Relax Kids sessions for an hour a week. Led by our trained facilitator, these sessions help to work on controlling their emotions instead of their emotions controlling them and teaching relaxation techniques to calm and regulate feelings.
Mindfulness: Breathing exercises, living in the now and keeping calm. Mindfulness is here to help and it is used widely by trained staff at Castle View Academy.
Talk and Draw: Used to facilitate the processing of trauma.
New mental health guidance has been created for children and young people which offers clear and simple advice on accessing the right support at the right time.
You can find quick guides for easy reference and information on where, how and when your child can access support if they are experiencing a mental health issue, such as anxiety, depression or eating difficulties.
Visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk/SEMHguidance for more information.
We also have the city based Mental Health Support Team available for supporting students who are in need of more specialist support and this forms a much needed link between the school and CAMHS mental health services.