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We recently recognised World Mental Health Day together as a school community.

The theme for 2023 was ‘Mental health is a universal human right’ and the day exists in order to raise mental health awareness, to help build social and emotional skills and to learn about the importance of practising self-care strategies.

Feel free to watch this video at home with your children; it is aimed at children in year 5 and 6 but we feel it is appropriate for all: 

For children to go on to live life in all its fullness they need more than just excellent academic outcomes. Alongside high expectations for learning, we are committed to providing the very best environment for our children to be happy, confident and well balanced young people, who can identify how they feel, talk openly about it, and develop strategies to manage whatever situations they may face.

We hope that the resources below will provide helpful ideas for parents as you support your children at home.

'Wellbeing Award for Schools'

‘Life in all its fullness’ is a vision we believe strongly in at St John’s. We believe that in order to achieve this, the wellbeing of our pupils, staff and parents is paramount. Last academic year, we are excited to announce that we, as a school team, achieved the ‘Wellbeing Award for Schools’. Working towards this award helped us to identify where changes were needed to further our practice in this area - and we hope the whole school community will benefit! Our school value of joy is such an important one and one that we want to nurture at every opportunity. We strived for this award because we believe so strongly that we should be (and hopefully are!) the kind of school that brings joy to all members of the community. We want to encourage that love of learning, we want to see children achieve excellent academic outcomes but above all, we want our community to live life in all its fullness.

Urgent Mental Health Support

Every mental health trust in London has put in place a 24/7 crisis line for people of all ages - children, young people and adults. The lines which are free to call can provide advice to those in a crisis. These crisis lines are support by trained mental health advisors 365 days a year. 

0800 028 8000 - Before going to A&E, this is the number available to all Kingston & Richmond residents in a time of mental health crisis.