09 Oct

World Mental Health Day

I wouldn’t mind this week just reflecting upon some of the messages shared by Ms Grice through her assemblies. As staff and pupils we have been looking at how we might support each other, how we might consider our health and well-being. I wouldn’t mind this week just reflecting upon some of the messages shared by Ms Grice through her assemblies. As staff and pupils we have been looking at how we might support each other, how we might consider our health and well-being. We are clear in that respect. We know we have a duty to look out for ourselves and look out for our friends and associates.
 
We know that working in schools can be stressful. We know that, over the last few years, the educational changes have ratcheted up the pressure on schools; adults and children. We know that the funding challenges make it even more difficult for schools to operate in an efficient way and with the requisite degree of resources. Often what happens when the known resources diminish, be that staff losses or a reduction in learning resources, is that the other adults pick up the pieces and pick up the slack. That puts an inevitable pressure on all who work with children in our school system.
 
This isn’t about the politics. That is what that is and that is for another time.  This is about emotional health and well-being. It is about recognising in ourselves what we need to do to stay healthy and how we can help others to remain healthy too. As we move into a weekend it is a good opportunity just to take a breather and think about how we manage our time. It is absolutely right that we remain committed to being a successful school and many of us (staff and pupils) will work well over and above those ‘core hours’ of the job. I thank you all for that. However it is important that we do recognise when it is time to stop and when we should make time for ourselves, our friends and our families.
 
As we near World Mental Health Day (next Wednesday), it is a useful time just to stop, reflect and reset. We can all take some time, to make some time, to think about our physical and mental health. We really should take some time to talk to our friends and family about who we are and how we are.
 
I recognise that this is a terrifically challenging world in which we live. For many of us life is very purposeful and meaningful. We need to take care that in taking on those challenges we risk becoming unhappy or unwell.
 
‘Relax! Life is beautiful!’ David L. Wolper
 
And so this week I encourage you, more than usual, to take some ‘you’ time and enjoy yourselves.