Merton Bank Primary School
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Tel: 0174422104
Email: mertonbank@sthelens.org.uk
Please telephone or email Mrs S Miller (Office Manager)

Mental Health and Wellbeing

The importance of Health and Wellbeing at

Merton Bank Primary School

Here at Merton Bank we understand that feelings of wellbeing are fundamental to the overall health of an individual, enabling them to successfully overcome difficulties and achieve what they want out of life.

The Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing

1.) Connect with other people

Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can:

  • help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth
  • give you an opportunity to share positive experiences
  • provide emotional support and allow you to support others

2.) Be physically active

Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • raising your self-esteem
  • helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them
  • causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood
girls doing PE in playground

3.) Learn new skills

Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem
  • helping you to build a sense of purpose
  • helping you to connect with others

Even if you feel like you do not have enough time, or you may not need to learn new things, there are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life.

4.) Give to others

Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • creating positive feelings and a sense of reward
  • giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth
  • helping you connect with other people

It could be small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones like volunteering in your local community.

girl looking at sunflower in school garden

5.) Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Merton Bank Primary, School Roper Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA9 1EJ

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Merton Bank Primary, School Roper Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA9 1EJ

© Merton Bank Primary School 2019. All Rights Reserved
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