Mental Health and Wellbeing


At GEMS Metropole School, we are committed to promoting and supporting the positive mental health and wellbeing of our students We recognise that mental health and emotional wellbeing is just as important as physical health. Individuals are better prepared for a happier fulfilled life when they are healthy, safe and thriving.

GEMS Metropole School supports the UAE vision for wellbeing by sharing the following vision:

‘We are proactive in promoting wellbeing, allowing us all to personally thrive’.

This vision is based on a proactive, positive psychology model, reinforced through the PERMAH framework allowing our community to build their personal sense of happiness and wellbeing, rather than a reactive only approach. Across the school we achieve this through Lead time, assemblies, happiness rooms, a wellbeing curriculum, school events, Metropole Mustangs, student leadership and the School Farm.

What is PERMAH? 

Professor Martin Seligman, one of the world’s leading researchers in positive psychology, suggested that we can cultivate personal wellbeing by ensuring the presence in our lives of PERMAH. But what does PERMAH stand for?

Positive Emotions – experiencing happiness, joy, gratitude and other positive feelings 

Engagement – being fully absorbed and involved in activities finding flow and satisfaction in what you do 

Relationships – building and maintaining positive connections with others, fostering a sense of belonging and support 

Meaning – having a sense of purpose and meaning in life, understanding one's values and contributing to something greater than oneself 

Accomplishments – setting and achieving goals, experiencing a sense of accomplishment and competence 

Health – maintaining a physical and mental wellbeing, emphasizing the importance of a healthy lifestyle 


Four School Model


Forest School – building a love of learning and enquiry through a researched based curiosity approach which promotes outdoor learning

Values School – understanding the importance of identity and values in helping to shape kind and respectful students

Active School – increased physical activity and time immersed in high quality healthy lifestyle activities and learning

Futures School – engaging our students in a high-quality learning experience which has various real-life opportunity to grow important learning skills for teritary education and the workplace




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