What is Mental Health?
“Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
(World Health Organisation, 2014)
At Bromet Primary School we are passionate about providing our children with the lifelong emotional tools that will help them to deal with their Mental Health and Well-being. At Bromet we have trained Mental Health first Aiders, Pastoral Lead and positive mental health learning features highly in all areas of our curriculum.
Mental Health in Children
The mental health of children within the United Kingdom is becoming a greater concern each year:
• Currently it is estimated that 10% of children between the ages of 5-16 have a clinically diagnosable mental health issue
• 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14
• In 2015, it was estimated that 18% of young people aged below 15 have previously self-harmed, however recent statistics show that this is now up to 20%
• Reports also suggest that less than 1 in 4 children receive adequate treatment for their mental health
• It is estimated that 24,000 children in Hertfordshire meet the diagnostic criteria for a mental health diagnosis
(National Institute of Mental Health)
Useful information for Parents around Mental Health & Well-Being
Helplines and websites:
If you are worried about your child or think that you need advice from professionals there are a range of local and national services across the UK and Hertfordshire.