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Mental Health

What is mental health?

Everyone has mental health, in the same way we all have physical health

  • ‘Mental health’ covers our emotional, psychological and social well- being

  • It affects how we think, feel and behave

  • Having good mental health doesn’t mean you feel happy 24/7 - good mental health means you experience a range of everyday emotions including happiness, sadness, joy, anxiety, anger etc.

  • However, if the feelings seem more intense than just ‘everyday feelings’ and they hang around for a long time, then it’s time to ask someone for help

Mr Haines, our Designated Safeguarding Lead, is also our Senior Mental Health Lead and oversees our whole school approach to Mental Health and coordinates referrals into external agencies.

If you’re worried about your mental health, there are a number of people in school you can talk to including:

  • Your tutor

  • Your year team

  • The Safeguarding Team

  • The School Nurse 

  • The School Counsellors

Alternatively you can speak to any member of staff who you trust and feel comfortable talking to. If they can’t help you, they will be able to refer you to someone who can.

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Outside of school there are a fantastic range of online resources which provide support and signpost you to the relevant services, including: 

  • Shout - a free, 24/7 texting service for anyone in a mental health crisis

  • Young Minds - a website for young people containing lots of resources for mental health

  • ChildLine - a free phone service if a young person needs any support

  • Samaritans - a charity providing emotional support to anyone who needs it

There’s also a number of apps you can download, including:

  • Calm - a simple mindfulness meditation app

  • Headspace - meditation made simple

  • What’s Up - an app which teaches you ways to cope with depression, anxiety, stress, anger and more.

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