Mental health and problems are estimated to affect around 1 in 10 children and young people across the UK. At Broadoak we recognise that students’ mental health and wellbeing can be impacted by a number of things including, pressure of exams, social media, bullying and family issues such as divorce and bereavement.
The Mental Health Foundation (https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/) advises the following things help young people stay mentally well:
- being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise
- having time and the freedom to play, indoors and outdoors
- being part of a family that gets along well most of the time
- going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its pupils
- taking part in local activities for young people.
At Broadoak we support mental health across the College in a number of ways:
- PSHCE lessons designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to manage the variety of pressures associated with teenage life
- Anti-Bullying Champions – adults across the College students can talk to when they are worried about bullying
- Our Parent Student Support Advisor, Ms Back, works with parents and carers to help when things at home are challenging, she works with a range of external agencies who support families including the Weston Food Bank, High Impact Families and social care.
- Learning Mentors are there to provide support to parents/carers, as well as the students themselves
- School Nurse drop in service every week
- School Counsellor referrals
- Referrals to specialist services such as CAMHS
- All students take part in a wide range of activities in PE lessons across all year groups, they are encouraged to join extra-curricular sporting clubs and participation in sports outside of College is celebrated.
- Our sports facilities, including the gym and AstroTurf, are open for students to enjoy at lunchtimes and there are a wide range of extracurricular clubs for students to join including Drama, music, and the very popular Duke of Edinburgh scheme
Please do contact your child’s tutor or Head of Year if you have any concerns or would like some extra support for you or your child.
Useful contacts for young people and parents/carers:
Online counselling can be accessed here – these are confidential services for young people
Drugs/Alcohol concerns or questions
- Substance Advice Service/YISP/YOT 01275 888360 (Monday-Thursday 9am – 5pm, Friday 9am – 4.30pm)
Managing Exam Stress
Please click here for Childline's advice on how to beat exam stress.
Using the Internet and Social Media in a healthy way
Please click here for the NSPCC advice on being "share-aware".
Young Minds have a range of leaflets and resources for young people about a range of issues. Click on the links below to access these:
Remember, #ItsOkayNotToBeOkay – always ask for help if you need it.