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Wellbeing

Resilience & Emotional Wellbeing Matters

Research has shown that emotional wellbeing and good mental health contribute to every aspect of a person’s life. It is important in helping to strengthen families, improve educational attainment, promote social inclusion, reduce antisocial and offending behaviour, expand opportunities and improve general health and wellbeing. (Director of Public Health’s Annual Report 2014)

The 2004 survey of mental health in children and young people aged 5 -16 years indicated that nationally 1 in 10 (10%) of children and young people aged 5-16 had a clinically diagnosed mental disorder

This equates to approximately 6,600 young people in Cornwall

The same survey highlighted that conduct disorders were more prevalent in boys and emotional disorders in girls

Emotional resilience is a key characteristic identified within the national child poverty strategy that makes it harder for some poor children to do well at school.

Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing at the heart of Healthy Schools

Healthy Schools work is linked to local and national health priorities as these are the areas where we feel we can have the most impact on children and young people's health and wellbeing. In addition, they provide a link to the Government's public health outcomes framework and the wider public health and wellbeing agenda in Cornwall.

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Resilience 

...the inner strength to deal competently and successfully day after day

with the challenges and demands encountered

We support resilience through our work on Mental Health / Emotional Health and Wellbeing and skills and support to help reduce risk-taking behaviour (Personal, Social and Health Education)

Healthier Lifestyles 

Until recently, most people led lives that kept them at a healthy weight. Pupils walked/cycled to and from school every day, played out for hours on end. Meals were home-cooked and there was always a vegetable on the plate. Eating ‘junk food’ was rare and snacks /sugary soft drinks.

Today, our children experience a very different lifestyle. Walking to school has become the school run. ‘Screen time’ has mostly replaced physical activity, especially ‘playing out’. Parents are busier than ever and families eat fewer home-cooked meals and often lack skills and confidence to cook from scratch. Fast food and snacking between meals is now common. As a result we have become increasingly overweight as a nation with implications for our health and our health services. The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) shows that in Cornwall in 2012 -13:

  • 1 in 4 (24.1%) children in Reception year are overweight or obese.
  • 1 in 3 (31%) children in Year 6 are overweight or obese.

At the same time nearly 70% of adults in Cornwall are overweight / obese.

Our current generation of children and young people are the first ever to have a life expectancy 5 years less than that of their parents. So it’s time to make a change to our food and physical activity habits and schools have an important role to play in helping children lead healthier lives.

We support healthier lifestyles through our work on Eat Well and Get Active

Staff Wellbeing 

Happy, healthy children do better in school but they need happy, healthy staff to help them thrive. Staff wellbeing is a major concern for schools and we are proud to support this.  Take a look at our Staff Wellbeing page for more information.