Mental Health & Wellbeing
Good mental health is important for helping children and young people to develop and thrive. A student’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning as well as their physical and social health and their mental wellbeing in adulthood.
It is normal for students to feel down, anxious, over-whelmed and worried from time to time. As a school we aim to provide support and guidance for our students’ academic studies and their pastoral needs. We offer the following services in school:
- PSHE/RHE lessons
- Pastoral mentoring
- Well-being sessions
- Daily mindfulness
- Forest school - with a wellbeing focus
- Mental Health in School Team (WEST)
- Play therapist
- Lego therapy
We can sign post pupils to the following outside agencies:
- Child and Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- Social services and safeguarding services at the local authority
- Online support through our Mental Health & Wellbeing support page
The links below provide guidance on services for a range of different mental health and wellbeing needs which may present in a young persons life.
The wellbeing and emotional support teams in schools service is designed to help children and young people access mental health and wellbeing support early on in educational settings. The team offer short term support delivered by education mental health practitioners (EMHPs). Referrals are made through any of the class teachers and the website offers a wealth of support techniques.
Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. Here you can chat to counsellors, read articles written by young people and get support from the Kooth community. It is accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop.
NHS: Every Mind Matters
Feeling stressed, anxious, low or struggling to sleep? Every Mind Matters can help with expert advice, practical tips and personalised actions to help stay. The site covers support within the following areas Mental wellbeing, Anxiety, Sleep, Stress and Low mood
MindEd for Families
Are you a parent or carer who is concerned about the mental health of your child or teenager? Do you just want some hints and tips on parenting? MindEd for Families has advice and information from trusted experts and will help you to understand what problems occur, what you can do to best support your family, and how to take care of yourself. Website: https://mindedforfamilies.org.uk/young-people
Childline helps anyone under the age of 19 in the UK with any issues they’re going through. It is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. Phone 08001111 Website: https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/
Young minds are a mental health charity for children, young people and their parents, making sure all young people can get the mental health support that they need.
Qwell.io a free, safe, and anonymous online mental wellbeing community for adults offers a variety of support to meet your needs.
It gives you access to one-to-one text-based support from a professional team, whether that is just a chat, or a course of counselling.
Other support on the site includes an online magazine with helpful articles and personal experiences from their community, a space to connect with others through online forums, and personal tools such as goal setting and a journal to track thoughts and progress.
To find out more and sign up, visit www.qwell.io/
DAD PAD APP
The 'Dad Pad' App was developed by a group of dads that felt they wanted more information on what to expect and how to care for their new baby. The app will support you and your partner to give your baby the best possible start in life.
It aims to:
Reduce your own anxiety by getting involved and gaining in confidence.
Learn how to create a strong bond and healthy attachment with your baby.
Build stronger family relationships by sharing the load and learning how to parent together.
Recognise the signs of postnatal depression in both yourself and your partner, and learn how to get help early if required.