Mental Health and Wellbeing
At Castledon we put mental health and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. Our aim is to support the wellbeing of our community including staff, parents and students. We have achieved the school's Wellbeing Award.
This wellbeing award focuses on changing the long-term culture of the whole school. Using an evidence-based framework to drive change, helping us deliver staff and pupil wellbeing, review our staff training, and revise our policies.
Useful websites to support wellbeing:
Mindfulness Exercises and Apps
Awareness of the breath is one of the foundational exercises for learning mindfulness meditation. It’s a popular starting point because the breath is something you can always access. It serves as a valuable anchor for other mindfulness practices.
The body scan is a simple, structured way of bringing consciousness to different parts of body. The body scan can be very useful as a grounding mechanism when facing strong emotions, or if you’re having trouble stabilising awareness on the breath or body.
Walking mindfully cultivates awareness of your body while it is in motion. Mindful walking can help to increase your energy level if you are tired or restless, and it can also add variety if you are doing longer periods of seated practice. It’s also useful because directing attention to walking, and even standing, is something you can do throughout the day.
An app to support with meditation
An app to help manage anxiety
5 ways to Wellbeing:
At Castledon we encourage students to focus on the 5 ways to wellbeing. These are 5 steps you can take to improve mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help with feeling more positive.