In a world where mental health is gaining increasing recognition as a vital aspect of overall well-being, the "Happy Minds" initiative has emerged as a beacon of support for children's mental health. With a focus on nurturing emotional resilience, promoting self-awareness, and encouraging open conversations, Happy Minds is a valuable resource available for the young minds of the future to navigate the complexities of growing up.

Children at Chapelford Village Primary School are guided through a variety of activities with their class teacher that provide a safe space for them to express their emotions, learn essential coping mechanisms and understand how their brains function. Each chapter in the My Happy Mind programme is a stepping stone, guiding children toward emotional intelligence, resilience, and a profound sense of well-being. Children have their own individual journal to reflect upon their key learning or to think about how an activity made them feel. 

Our current topic of 'Meet Your Brain' involves discussions around understanding how our brain works and how to ensure we look after it so that we can manage our emotions and be at our best. Growth mindset is a key part of this - ensuring children believe abilities and intelligence can be developed and strengthened through dedication, hard work, and learning.

A key aspect of Happy Minds is the emphasis on creating a stigma-free environment surrounding mental health. By encouraging open conversations and educating children about the importance of mental well-being, the initiative aims to eliminate any fear associated with seeking help.

We hope that these weekly sessions support children at our school to grow mentally strong, resilient, and equipped to face life's challenges.

For more information on the myHappymind programme, click on the link below.