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Mental Health and Well-being

We all need support from time to time

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To all students:  You are at school for up to 7 hours a day, 5 days week. It's likely that at some point you will feel the need to talk to someone; no matter how small it may seem, someone will be there to listen and support you. Whether it's the pastoral team, teachers or other staff members, we are here to listen. Talking about how you feel can decrease stress, make you feel more content and decrease your worries.

All staff are here to listen, but it may be that they need some support to help you in your situation. This may mean they need to speak to one of the pastoral team for advice or to someone particularly trained in helping you (a Designated Safeguarding Lead) if they feel you are unsafe. Sometimes we don't want others to know our situation, however if information needs to be passed on it will always be in your best interest and because we want to help.

We also have a school counsellors who are in throughout the week for particular students who may need further support. There is usually a waiting list but if you feel you may need this support, come and have a chat with the pastoral team which are based in room A01.

Children's Mental Health Awareness Week (February 2024)

My Voice Matters: Top Tips for Children (from Place2Be)

My Voice Matters: Top Tips for Families (from Place2Be)

Outside Support

If you feel you need to talk to someone when you are at home, you don't want to talk to someone face-to-face or you need some more advice on how you are feeling, there are many services which can help. These include:

Kooth:  this is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop.

YoungMinds:  who provide information and advice for young people, parents and carers.

Childline provides help for anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. 0800 1111

The Mix - is the UK's free, confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don't know where to turn. 0808 808 4994

Prince's Trust - a list of useful support organisations to help improve mental health.

Young Carers - help improve the lives of Young Carers across Warwickshire by offering free and confidential support.

Every Mind Matters self care toolkit - There are little things we can all do to look after our mental health. The mental health campaign Every Mind Matters offers a free online action plan, approved by the NHS, that can provide you with personalised, practical tips to help you take care of your mental health. Your plan can help you to deal with stress and anxiety, boost mood, improve sleep quality and take control of your wellbeing.

Place2be:  A place where parents can learn to support their child's mental health

Self care

Self-care is a great way to look after your mental health and wellbeing. Sometimes you don't want to talk to someone, or you may just need to "switch off" for an hour or so, and this is where self-care comes in. There are different techniques for self care; something which works for you may not work for your friend and that's okay! You may stick to one technique or mix them up - this is completely up to you!

Some examples of self-care techniques are:

  • Mindfulness

  • Exercising

  • Eating a balanced diet

  • Spending time with friend / family

  • Listening to music

  • Writing in a journal

  • Getting a good night sleep (at least 8 hours)

  • Self-help apps and podcasts (link below)

  • Self-care activity books

Anything which helps you to relax, gather your emotions and look after yourself is self care! What other activities can you think of?

Further reading:
How to sleep better

Doing good does you good.

Anxiety? Publication for Mental Health Awareness Week