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Mental Health


Well being - 'the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy'

Well being incorporates many elements that add to our general and overall health. Physical health along with good meaningful social connections helps us feel a certain type of well that can produce joy and happiness. A persons well being is inclusive of mental, psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual wellness. 

Here at Ormskirk C Of E Primary school we are looking at more ways to help with a whole school approach to good well being and mental health wellness. 

Staff are dedicated to the improvement of well being here at school, with several staff taking up qualifications in lead mental health, hypnosis therapy, challenging and traumatic response, researching the importance of sleep etc,  the benefits that these skills and knowledge will provide will be vital in helping staff, children and families deal with ever growing complexities that can impact wellness.

At our school we already have our school dog 'Pebbles' on hand for some cuddles and a calming walk around our beautiful grounds. Meditation, relaxation sessions and yoga classes have been enjoyed by children along with a whole timetable of sporting activities to keep children active and connected.

There are lots of places that offer professional support which you will be signposted to if need be. 

There is a lovely service here in Ormskirk which you can check out on line.

They sent me a time table to share too so keep an eye out in our weekly newsletter too.

Please keep checking back in to see updates

A recent report by The Royal Society for public health found that the average person living in the UK gets one hour less sleep each night than they need.

  • Do you wake in the middle of the night and struggle to go back to sleep or just find it hard to fall asleep in the first place? In either case, unless you have a recognisable disorder the chances are that the problem is the result of a mind that has learned to become agitated by thoughts.
  • If we compare our contemporary evening lifestyle habits with the way people have been living for the past ten thousand years we see some notable differences that may impact our potential to get a good night's rest. For thousands of years the working day was determined by light, and as the sun slowly disappeared over the horizon our minds adjusted to the growing darkness and turned naturally towards sleep. This natural daily ritual unfolded over several hours, giving our mind ample time to slow down and adjust, and the physical activity of our day created a sense of drowsiness in which we quickly and effortlessly fell asleep. Today, many of us are much less active than we used to be and we can prolong our day with artificial light long into the night, watching high action movies that may arouse and stimulate our emotional responses. There is also evidence to show that what we think about and watch in the hour before we go to bed, influences the way our mind works while we are asleep. Happily there's a lot we can do to help ourselves if we are willing to practice a few simple strategies that will positively improve the quality of sleep we experience.  

With this in mind we might choose to consider 5 important things-;

  • Being on a 'wind-down' curve as you approach bed-time will help.
  • Increase daytime activity and exercise, avoiding caffeine after mid-afternoon.
  • Avoid – remove gadgets and work from sleep environment.
  • Create a habit of switching off the TV and rediscover books – but not backlit Kindle.
  • Experts advise switch off electrical devices at least 1 hour before bedtime.
  • Try to get the morning light, it helps to set our circadian rhythms and generally helps our mood.


Matt Walker: Matthew Paul Walker is an English scientist and professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the impact of sleep on human health and disease. Previously, he was a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is also the founder and director of the Centre for Human Sleep Science. "There is no tissue within the body and no process within the brain that is not measurably enhanced by sleep, or demonstrably impaired when we don't get enough of it." ---- Matt Walker. Why We Sleep, by Professor Michael Walker.



  • Minds Matter A well being service offering a range of free psychological therapies to people aged 16 and over in Lancashire.
  • Lets talk Hope Street Hope Street Mental Health Group, Based in Ormskirk
  • Jessica Forshaw Offers hypnotherapy a solution focused therapy to assist with a multitude of lifestyle issues.
  • Tracy Comerford School senior mental health lead. Department of Education training in assisting on next steps... if you want to talk and see if I can signpost you to a service then please email me and I will arrange a drop in.
  • Ormskirk Parish Church Our local parish church welcomes new friends and families to join their warm community.