Mental health and wellbeing
Mental Health and Wellbeing Team
Mr R Topping - Mental Health and Well-being lead
Mrs L Brown
Mrs J McCree
Mrs T Brown
Our Wellness Team (pictured below) is made up of staff members from around the different areas of the school. Mr Topping is Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead. The Wellness Team are looking at ways to support children, staff and parents to maintain positive mental health. They meet at least once every term and have regular discussions to see how we can further support the wellbeing of our school community. These members of staff also have a significant input into our PSHE lesson, which this year we are linking to the Sunderland '5 Ways to Wellbeing' (see above).
Mental health is 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 - WHO (World Health Organization).
At Dubmire, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and all pupils. We pursue this aim using universal, whole school approaches as well as specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils. In an average classroom, three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue; at Dubmire we aim to keep our children mentally healthy.
To promote positive mental health in school, we adopt a whole school approach towards developing a positive ethos and culture – one where everyone feels that they belong. It involves working with both pupils and families while making sure that the whole school community is welcoming, inclusive and respectful. Good mental health and well being across the school will maximise the children’s learning potential – this will be achieved through a PSHE curriculum, early support for pupils, fantastic staff-pupil relationships, effective leadership and a commitment from every single person involved with our school.
Dubmire Wellbeing Champions
At Dubmire we now have 'Wellbeing Champions' (one child from each year group). These children are responsible for looking out for other children in and around school on a daily basis and reporting any issues to their class teacher. These children wear special lanyards, which make the identifiable to children in need. Our champions meet once per half term with the wellbeing team in order to talk about any issues around school and to further promote mental health.
This year we are hoping to reach a level in which we can achieve an award from the Sunderland Mental Health Charter Mark.
To achieve this we will be implementing a number of initiatives which are linked to our PSHE curriculum. Furthermore, we will be taking part in various extra-curricular activities, as well as setting up a Well-being Team.
To find out more about the Sunderland Mental Health Charter award please visit: