How Stoke Damerel Community College is putting student well-being at the heart of school life
2nd February 2020 - Written by Anita Frier, Executive Head and her team at Stoke Damerel Community College
‘Find your brave’ is this year’s theme for Children's Mental Health Week. We spoke to SDCC on how they are supporting their pupils to be braver at school.
19th October 2018 - Written by Jessica Streeting
In the last 20 years, I can think of many times when my understanding of what children say they need has been invaluable. Before I discovered Our Time, it was a different story.
The impact of childhood trauma and how it can be addressed
28th August 2018 - Written by Dympna Cunnane
If you work with children and young people you will have heard a lot about the impact of childhood trauma, and will probably know about trauma-informed approaches to supporting vulnerable children.
10th July 2018 - Written by Mishael Downer
I have witnessed the positive impact that KidsTime Workshops have on both children and parents who attend. I’ve discovered there’s a typical pattern of children starting off shy before opening up after approximately 10 minutes of arriving.
15th May 2018 - Written by Alan Cooklin
It is great that the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is stress; because it’s so universal, isn’t it? Or is it, and has the word become so overused and hackneyed that it's almost lost its meaning?
The media and mental illness – reinforcing stigma and shame
16th April 2018 - Written by Dympna Cunnane
The violent acts of shooting in schools in the US or stabbings on the streets of London are often attributed to mental health issues and this may indeed be true but the mental health is not in itself the cause, but the symptom of something wrong in our society.
Response to The Guardian letter: Parental conflict and children’s mental health
23rd February 2018 - Written by Dympna Cunnane
Serious and sustained parental conflict often arises when there is a parent or parents with mental health problems. We know that parental/home environment has a big and lifelong impact on children and young people’s mental and physical wellbeing.
13th January 2018 - Written by Dympna Cunnane
We all need some stress in order to get us out of bed in the morning and life is full of opportunities to experience stress, from the demands of school, to friendships and sometimes the home environment.
Ensuring the environment in which a child can thrive is supported not just supportive – an educational challenge
8th December 2017 - Written by Dympna Cunnane
Today I went to a large secondary school in north London to discuss how we might follow up and raise awareness of parental mental illness, and its impact on students, among the staff.