Student Wellbeing and Mental Health Support

Maintaining every day, regular routines wherever possible, such as, attending school and lessons whilst working towards managing mental health is vitally important. At the Whitehaven Academy we offer a wide range of support to help students develop positive mental health, wellbeing and resilience, in order to encourage a positive healthy mindset. Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health.

In addition to our existing pastoral team, a number of other staff have also been trained in Mental Health First Aid. These staff wear the green ribbon badge (the symbol of the Mental Health Foundation). Students can easily identify these staff when they need to talk about their wellbeing.

To find out more about Mental Health First Aid visit: https://mhfaengland.org/.

Having a holistic approach is key, building a culture and ethos that promotes and supports mental health and wellbeing is one of out main priorities. The word ‘mental’ is often avoided because it is argued that this gives of a negative atmosphere. We do not believe that this word should be shied away from. A key task for us is to destigmatise the term and promote positive mental health throughout the Academy and the community.

It is important that we all work together to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing, through a carefully planned programme of assemblies, form discussions, lesson, support agencies and sign posting.  We know our students want greater support.  We display relevant information around the academy on notice boards and share links via emails or the website, this is our way of signposting the relevant information.

Please find below a number of links to help support positive mental health:

We post news articles and share updated information to the NEWS link on our website and Social Media Pages

NHS Five Steps to Mental – www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/

MindEd – https://www.minded.org.uk/

Public Health Cumbria 5 to 19 – https://cumbria.gov.uk/ph5to19/offer.asp

Family Lives –. https://www.familylives.org.uk/

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust –  https://www.cwmt.org.uk/resources

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/

Every Mind Matters (NHS) – https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

NSPCC –  https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/child-health-development/child-mental-health

Mind – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/for-children-and-young-people/

Mental Health Foundation – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/c/children-and-young-people

Young Minds – https://www.youngminds.org.uk/

Parents Talk – https://parents.actionforchildren.org.uk/mental-health-wellbeing/

Kooth – https://www.kooth.com/

Online Counselling and Supported Self Help Service from KOOTH.com