Wellbeing and Mental Health
At Heathside, we put great value on the mental health and wellbeing of everyone in our school community. We strive to promote a school culture where all students, supported by their teachers, can build confidence and flourish. We know that when students are mentally and emotionally healthy, they will have greater self-esteem, form better relationships with family and friends and will be more resilient learners.
Our strategic aims in this area are outlined here:
The Wellbeing Award for Schools
In 2018 we have launched the Wellbeing Award for Schools at Heathside, a whole-school award run by the National Children’s Bureau. We are working towards achieving this award over the next year as it will help us to ensure that highly effective provision is in place at Heathside to promote the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff and pupils.
As a school, we are proud of the initiatives we offer students. We promote positive mental health and wellbeing for everyone with these initiatives:
Students who have a specific learning need or are having difficulties at home may access the following support:
Getting Help and Support
As parents, you may notice that your child is struggling for a variety of different reasons; the teenage years can certainly be a challenging time. If you would like any advice or support, please contact the relevant Head of Learning or Student Support Co-ordinator who will ensure that students are referred for the right kind of support.
You may contact Jane Brinson, our Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead for specific enquiries in this area.
Rebecca Atkinson, our Home School Link worker, also offers support to parents and families and can be contacted if you would like to speak to her.
Useful Mental Health and Wellbeing Links
The UK’s leading charity committed to improving the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Information for young people and parents including a parent helpline.
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
The trust was set up in memory of Charlie Waller, who took his own life whilst suffering from depressions. Information about depression, maintaining wellbeing and getting help.
Educational resource on children’s young people’s mental health for parents and professionals.
Counselling online and on the phone anytime
A mental health initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health.
An organisation offering support and advice for young people who self-harm and their parents.
Free, safe and anonymous online counselling every day until 10pm.
An organisation that raises awareness and offers support about gender nonconformity in children and young people.
Information about drugs and alcohol and how to get help.
Information and resources to prevent bullying.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Support for adults, children and families.
Student Support Ambassadors