Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (World Health Organization) 

At St Michael’s our Christian vision shapes all that we do. We are very much a ‘team’ at St Michael’s; staff, pupils, parents and governors work closely together to ensure that every pupil has the opportunity to grow in body, mind and spirit; to flourish as a child of God and experience the joy and hope of ‘life in all its fullness’.

In addition, we aim to promote positive mental health for all pupils and members of staff. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils.  Our Mental Health and Wellbeing policy outlines the steps we are taking as a school to achieve this aim.

If you have any concerns about your child, we would encourage you to contact school and speak to your child’s tutor, Pupil Manager or another member of our Wellbeing team.

Alternatively, please visit the Drop-in Clinic, every Tuesday 3.30-5pm no appointment needed.

There are a wide variety of services you can access if you have concerns about your child.

CAMHS - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. This is accessed via the NHS but in most cases you will need a referral from your GP to access them. More information can be found here.

There are also numerous charities that offer information about mental health and offer support for those who may need it.

Online mental health resource for young people: www.kooth.com

Mind – The largest mental health charity in the uk: www.mind.co.uk

The Mental Health Foundation: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Young Minds – Charity specifically focusing on young people: www.youngminds.org.uk

ReThink - Charity looking at support but also stigma around mental illness: https://www.rethink.org/

Samaritans – 24 hour helpline from specially trained volunteers: https://www.samaritans.org/

Mental Health in Children and Young People – A useful document that we feel gives succinct advice and information for Parents and Carers.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy 2018