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:

  • Senior Mental Health Lead
  • School-based online reporting system (SHARP)
  • Regular student voice activities
  • PSHRE Lessons
  • Assemblies.
  • Mindfulness
  • Pastoral mentoring
  • School counsellor
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Mental Health First Aiders trained in how to identify, understand and help
  • KEMP Bereavement Counselling
  • Chill skills group sessions
  • Reflections group sessions

We can sign post students to the following outside agencies:

  • GP
  • 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.

Kooth

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. Here you can chat to counsellors, read articles written by young people, get support from the Kooth community and write in a daily journal.

YoungMinds

The UK’s leading charity fighting for young people’s mental health. They share a wealth of resources on how parents and carers can support young people who are feeling anxious and tips from their parents and carers helpline on how to talk to your child about. Young people can also text YM to 85258

NHS: Every Mind Matters

Every mind matters has expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental health. The site covers support within the following areas   Mental wellbeing, Anxiety, Sleep, Stress and Low mood

School Health Nurse Wyre Forest 01562 514555/514637

School Health Nurses lead in ensuring that you know what services are available to you within the community and that they are accessible to everyone. School Health Nurses lead and deliver the healthy child programme to ensure a healthy start for every child. This includes promoting positive physical and mental health, supporting parents and assessing the health and development of children and young people.

Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK aims to offer support, advice and information on all anxiety, stress and anxiety-based depression conditions. They provide a wide range of services to support those affected by these conditions; from those living with stress or mild anxiety, through to those with more severe, complex and longstanding issues. Friendly volunteers can answer your questions and help find the right resources to manage anxiety

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Exam Anxiety         Exam stress          Exam Concerns

Tests and exams in school inform teachers, parents, and students themselves about their academic progress and potential future pathways. But like any situation in which a person’s performance is being evaluated, the outcomes may feel very significant. So exams have the potential to be stressful.

 

It is perfectly normal to experience anxiety and, research shows, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Anxiety and stress cause the body to release adrenalin which can be helpful when responding to challenging situations. Stress will help students focus on preparing for, and then apply themselves during, the exam itself.

Haybridge High School fully recognises its responsibilities for students with mental health and wellbeing needs. We want our students to:

  • Learn in a calm and purposeful environment, where behaviour is exemplary, and routines are established.
  • Be mentally and physically fit to equip them for a successful adult life, be independent and ambitious.
  • Be confident, happy and feel safe.
  • Be friendly, respectful, caring and polite.
  • Develop resilience.