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 Organisation)
We take the mental health and wellbeing of our Smithills family very seriously. Our role is to:
Create an environment that supports learning, promoting the health and wellbeing of members of the Smithills family
Ensure that we all feel safe and supported, and build resilience to life’s challenges.
Build relationships with our pupils that allows them to trust and talk openly with adults about their problems
Smithills School Happy Café
Mental Health Resources
If you are concerned about the mental health or wellbeing of your child please feel free to contact the school, we have an excellent Pastoral team that can assist you.
“This is a truly inclusive school where every pupil is valued. The school provides excellent pastoral support for its most vulnerable pupils. Leaders have created a culture in which all are given the chance to be successful.” Ofsted June 2018
Below are some useful websites that offer help and guidance to parents of youngsters who may have mental health needs:
www.cwmt.org– The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust charity helps equip young people to look after their mental wellbeing. It has been set up to help people to recognise the signs of depression in themselves and others, so they know when to seek help.
www.sane.org.uk– SANE is committed to raising public awareness and research. SANE offers emotional support and information to anyone effected by mental health problems through its helpline and online Support Forum. It has a national out-of-hours helpline (Saneline 0300 304 7000, 4:30pm to 10:30pm daily)
www.minded.org.uk– MindEd is suitable for all adults working with, or caring for children or teenagers. All the information is quality assured by experts, and is useful to understand. It aims to give adults: the knowledge to support wellbeing in youngsters; the understanding to identify a child at risk; the confidence to support and signposts to services that can help
www.youngminds.org.uk– YoungMinds is a leading charity fighting for young people’s mental health. The YoungMinds library is full of useful toolkits, publications and reports about young people’s mental health. There is also a YoungMinds parent helpline (0808 802 5544) which offers free confidential online and phone support
www.anxietyuk.org.uk– Anxiety UK helps all those suffering with anxiety disorders. It has an information line number (08444 775 774) where you can talk to someone in complete confidence between 9:30am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday
www.selfharm.co.uk– SelfharmUK is a project dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self-harm, providing a safe space to talk, ask questions and be honest about what’s going on in life. The site helps with facts, myths, staying safe and has useful links to sites for additional support
www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk– ABC is a national UK eating disorders organisation. It provides ongoing care, emotional support and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders. Telephone helplines are open from 9:30am to 5:30pm Monday-Friday
www.youthhelthtalk.org– This site has helpful video clips of people in the same situation sharing their mental health experiences, advice and support. There is a section on young people talking about their experiences of depression and eating disorders
www.thecalmzone.net– CALM (Campaign Against Men Living Miserably) is a charity targeted at young men aged 15-35. It has a helpline (0800 585858) and a website set up to support young men in response to high suicide rates amongst this group.
www.childline.org.uk– Childline is a 24-hour online phone helpline (0800 1111) offering free and confidential advice and counselling services for parents, children and young people.
Year 8 Mental Health Survey
Smithills school is taking part in a wellbeing survey for year 8 students. Consent forms have been sent out WC 18/03/19 and parents can find further information out with the attached document - CLICK HERE
Pathway of Support
Graduated strategies that we use to support the mental health and wellbeing of our students strategies that we use -