Wellbeing at Sheldon
At Sheldon, we are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our students and staff as laid down in our wellbeing policy. Our culture is supportive, caring, and respectful. We encourage students to be open and we want each student to have their voice heard. At our school, we know that everyone experiences different life challenges, and that each of us may need help to cope with them sometimes. We understand that anyone and everyone may need additional emotional support at times. At Sheldon, positive mental health is everybody’s responsibility. We all have a role to play.
We aim to promote wellbeing and positive mental health for every member of our staff and student body. There are resources for both staff and students on the portal and wellbeing is at the heart of the pastoral and curriculum map.
According to MIND there are 5 steps to wellbeing, these include:
There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.
Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is essential for promoting well-being.
Today, why not get physical?
Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.
Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.
Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research. Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.
Wellbeing Ambassadors help to shape the policy, planning and implementation of positive mental health. The student body meet regularly with them to share their ideas.