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)
At St Michael with St John, our Christian vision shapes everything we do. We care for, support and protect our pupils whilst they are growing and learning with us, and encourage them to do the same for each other and the wider community. We inspire them to become confident, inquiring citizens and develop them to be capable of achieving in life, to develop academically and socially, and to succeed in school and beyond.
Through our vision we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff team and for pupils. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at pupils and staff that we have identified as being vulnerable.
We have two members of staff who are youth mental health first aiders - Miss Qadri and Mrs Hester. Miss Qadri is also an adult mental health first aider.
Below, you will find links to sources of support and information to support mental health and wellbeing for both adults and children.
Local support available:
Healthy Young Minds
Access to mental health support for children, young people, parents and carers.
Lancashire Care Foundation Trust
Telephone Help Line: 0800 915 4640
Text Service: Text Hello to 07860 022846 (Availability: 24 hours a day, every day of the year)
A wellbeing, mental health helpline and texting service offering help, advice, mental health assessments, referrals and access to the Trust’s wider mental health services, including home treatment.
Local mental health charity.
Wider support available:
Action for Children
Charity supporting children, young people and their families across England.
03444 775 774 (helpline)
Advice and support for people living with anxiety.
0808 801 0711 (youthline)
Under 18s helpline, web chat and online support groups for people with eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia.
Support for children and young people in the UK, including a free 24-hour helpline.
0808 808 1677
Support for young people when someone dies.
Hub of Hope
A national database of mental health charities and organisations from across Britain who offer mental health advice and support.
Counsellors available until 10pm every day.
Free, safe and anonymous online counselling for young people. Check whether this is offered in your area.
0808 808 1111
Information and advice for people with a learning disability, families and carers.
National Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
0800 1111 (18 or under)
Support for children and anyone worried about a child.
On My Mind
Information for young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing.
0808 200 0247
Help and support for young people affected by domestic violence.
Rethink Mental Illness
0300 5000 927
Provides support and information for anyone affected by mental health problems, including local support groups.
08457 90 90 90
Someone to talk to directly, 24 hours a day.
Charity working for people in housing need by providing free, independent, expert housing
0808 802 5544 (parents’ helpline)
85258 (crisis messenger service, text YM)
Committed to improving the mental health of babies, children and young people, including support for parents and carers.