Sarah Lyles

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Good mental and emotional health and wellbeing is essential to positive outcomes, achievement and a balanced and fulfilling life.

As a teacher and education consultant specialising in PSHE, inclusion and wellbeing, I have witnessed the negative effects that low self-esteem, self-worth, dis-engagement and stigma can have children, young people and even their parents/carers and teachers.

At the heart of success – whether that is personal or academic – are the key skills and characteristics of empathy, effective communication, being able to understand and manage one’s feelings, self-respect (and respect for others), resilience and being able to cope with change. People require a sense of identity and belonging – a sense of safety, in order to really be able to engage and begin to realise their potential.

Reflecting upon and understanding these elements can be tricky – for both adults and children; it is essential that children, their schools, families and communities are supported in being able to develop emotional intelligence.

This is the essence of Surrey Nurturing Links – their work is proven to underpin and promote positive physical and mental health; which is why – when the opportunity was presented to me – I jumped at the opportunity to learn about the ways I could support them – and so I became a trustee.