Mental Health, Wellbeing and Support

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Mental well-being describes your mental state – how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. Our Mental Well-being is dynamic as it can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year.

We all have times when we have low Mental Wellbeing, where we feel stressed, upset or find it difficult to cope.

You are going to have good and bad days. You are going to have lessons that you are thriving in and some that you will find a real struggle. You will have days when you just want to be alone, when friends may upset you or let you down.

It is common to feel a mix of emotion during your school years. You are developing, learning and discovering who you are so go easy on yourself, take good care of both your physical and mental well-being and remember to talk to somebody if you need to.

Where to go for support in the Academy?

  • Learning Managers
  • Your VMG Tutor
  • Your classroom Teachers
  • Our Mental Health champions

Here at Outwood Grange Academy we want to give our young people the necessary support to build resilience to achieve their good emotional health.

The aim of our work in our academy is to ensure that our students enjoy their time at school and are happy. There are many things that can impact on the emotional well-being of children; keeping up with studies, falling out with friends, and the pressures of social media. We want all our young people to have good emotional health, the skills and confidence to cope with change, be able to think through and solve problems, and ultimately achieve well and be happy.

Our school is committed to the principles of securing emotional well-being, to allow every young person to have the best possible experience and outcomes throughout their school journey.

For more information and support from the fantastic Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for young people’s mental health, check out the buttons to right (with embedded links), aimed at both parents and students.

Managing Exam Stress

Advice for students

Advice for parents

Mental Health Champions

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Did you know that 1 in 10 children will have a mental health issue at any time?

Our innovative mental health champion scheme supports the identification of students who are in need and struggling with mental health issues including eating disorders, anxiety and self-harm.

Students and staff receive training on these common mental health issues and learn what to do if they are worried about someone. We use case studies that students can identify with to identify vulnerable people. Training sessions are good fun and all involved take the content very seriously. Training materials are available to parents to use in discussion with their child. Students learn that to pass on their concerns to an adult is always the right thing to do so we can ensure the vulnerable person gets the support they need.

We have over 80 mental health champions from Y7-13 and 25 staff champions who are easily identifiable with their smart mental health champion badges.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

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Outwood Grange Academy is proud to work with ‘Change Grow Live’ to tackle drug and alcohol abuse in the community. Whilst this is often a sensitive issue and sometimes a difficult one to accept, there are young people and families who need intervention and support.

Firstly, if you are worried about a young person as a parent or carer, please do not hesitate to contact the Safeguarding team at the academy. It is our absolute priority to help every young person feel happy, feel safe and be able to achieve. If you need a confidential conversation because you are worried that drugs or alcohol is affecting a young person in your care there are support networks available.

Please see the Change Grow Live leaflet for more details.

Star Bereavement

Star Bereavement Support Service provides a range of bereavement support services to children and young people in Wakefield.

We work with them to ensure that all bereaved children will have access to the appropriate support they need to rebuild their lives when someone important to them has died.

Email admin@starwakefield.org.uk for information or ask us to make a referral for you

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