At Magdalen we recognise the need to value and talk about mental health and well-being. We believe that mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.
Good mental health has been described as “being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you're frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.” Source MIND
Pupils will be given opportunities to learn about mental well-being through the PCSHE curriculum, extended learning days, assemblies and within tutor time. Pupils are encouraged to talk to staff about their mental health and are encouraged to speak to their form tutor, Pastoral support Assistant, or Leader of Learning.
Within school we encourage pupils to use the following resources:
Zumos - an online bank of resources that are age appropriate: www.zumos.co.uk
Use Young Minds Crisis Messenger Text YM to 85258
Childine – call free on 0800 1111
CAMHs Live—confidential live online chat service for young people. Weekdays only.
We are able to provide some support in school from our pastoral support team, school counsellor, Behaviour Learning Mentors.
If you are concerned about the mental health of your son or daughter please do not hesitate to contact your GP and then speak to staff in school. For parents we have a range of resources please click on the links below:
Supporting your child – guidance on getting support for bereavement, self harm, mental well-being, substance misuse etc
Coping with Self Harm – a guide for parents
Talking Mental Health – a guide for secondary school parents