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Mental Health Awareness Week: Meet your Mental Health Lead

Mental Health Awareness Week: Meet your Mental Health Lead

We support Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) and while prioritising mental health is more than just a week, it really is all year round and for the rest of your life, MHAW is a great way to kick-start the conversation again.

Your mental health is a number one priority, it’s as important as your physical health, which is why here at Penhale we have Mr Jack Jones. Mr Jones is our Assistant Headteacher and Inclusion Lead. This role encompasses the Mental Health Lead.

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Mr Jack Jones


Where can students find you in school?

My time is split across Newbridge, The Bridge and Penhale. The day I am at those sites I will be on the gate both morning and afternoon.

Are you available to parents too, for advice on how to talk to their children?

Yes. Please contact the school office and I will contact you.

What does mental health mean to you?

Mental health is a critical part of our overall health and wellbeing.  Having good mental health is so important to be in the right place to learn and engage with everyday life. Having a full ‘tool box’ of mental health strategies is also an important aspect of this, as we all need to be able to take the time for ourselves to ensure we are able to effectively manage our own mental health needs.

How important is it that schools are aware of mental health and why?

Schools play a crucial role in supporting children’s mental health. We are able to support in developing strategies that allow children to identify, understand and appropriately respond to their emotions.

How do you help your students with mental health?

We are currently developing a whole school approach of ‘Emotion Coaching’ to support pupils understand their feelings. This whole approach is centred around ensuring that children recognise that it is okay to feel different emotions and aims to support them through dealing with these. We also use ‘brain breaks’ to support children’s sensory needs, which can impact on children’s mental health, wellbeing and regulation. We work with a range of other professionals and outside agencies to support pupils and we have a small team of Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs) who are able to support children with who are facing a variety of situations