Metal Heath & Wellbeing at OLM
At OLM we aim to create an open-door culture that allows all to express a range of positive and negative emotions and to work collaboratively as one community to support each other. OLM is a 'telling school’. All pupils and adults should be able to tell someone they trust and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. Children are encouraged to identify 5 trusted adults within school and at home who they can speak to if they have any concerns or worries or if they have seen something happen to somebody else.
There is support in school from external services and staff discuss needs with the Inclusion and Mental Health Lead to work out the best place to refer. In school we have two ELSAs which stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistants. Our ELSAs have been trained by Haringey Educational Psychologists and attend termly supervision to discuss and share ideas and resources. Children are able to work with one of our ELSAs either one to one or in a group, according to need.
In addition to our ELSAs, there are also two art therapists who work on site. They each work one day per week. Staff and the Senior Leadership Team signpost children to this service and the art therapists also provide support for parents/carers.
From November, Trailblazers will be working at OLM one morning per week. Trailblazers is a team of wellbeing workers, mental health professionals and other partners who support the emotional wellbeing of children, young people and parents. Trailblazers work within selected Haringey schools raising the profile of mental health, offering a service to talk and get further support if needed.
Here are some of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Services that we can access for you and your children. Please follow the links to learn more.