Mental Health and Wellbeing Support

At Byrchall, we aim to promote positive emotional health and wellbeing for our whole school community. We recognise the importance of nurturing healthy minds. The mental health of a student is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning, social and emotional achievement.

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Our role as a school is to:

  • To develop an ethos and environment that supports learning and promotes the health and wellbeing of all.

  • To promote resilience in students.

  • To ensure students feel safe and supported.

  • To develop a sense of belonging, encouraging participation of all within the school community.

  • To build pupil relationships and trust - encouraging students to talk openly with adults about their problem.

  • To offer mental health support during periods of isolation.

Mental Health Student Pathway

As a School, we offer different levels of Mental Health support. 

  • Wave 1 - Universal Support: To meet the needs of all our students through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing emotional resilience for all.

  • Wave 2 - Short term additional support: For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.

  • Wave 3 - Long term targeted support: For students who need more individualised support and resources or specific targeted interventions to support their mental health.

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Student Self-Help

The purpose of the Mental Health and Wellbeing individual topics, are resources which are designed to develop your understanding of wellbeing and the ability to recognise and know to how stay both mentally and emotionally safe. 

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In School Support

Every year group has a dedicated pastoral staff member who is on hand for any student at any time during the school.  Each year group also has a head of year.

In addition, every student has access to:

  • Chaplain, Juliette Coletta.

  • The Mental Health Ambassadors team.

  • School lead for mental health (Mr C. Moorhouse).

  • The MHST initiative in Wigan (via referral from pastoral team in school).

Every member of staff at Byrchall High School is committed to securing good attendance for each and every pupil in our school community. The act of just being in school being around friends, peers and staff who can help, support and guide is a very simple way of taking care of mental health.

 

See our ‘Attendance Information Pack’ on our Attendance Page for more information on this.  

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More information and links to external agencies are listed below:

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Samaritans.org. Free listening helpline and email. Helpline: 116123/joe@samaritans.org

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Papyrus-uk.org. Confidential suicide prevention support. Helpline: 0800 068 41 41 or text 07786209697. pat@papyrus-uk.org

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Childline.org.uk. A free confidential helpline. Helpline: 0800 1111 (free 24 hours)

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alumina.selfharm.co.uk. Support for young people impacted by self harm

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Youngminds.co.uk. Information and support for mental health.

Parents Helpline 0808 802 5544. Crisis messenger: text YM to 85258 (24 hours)

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beatingdisorders.org.uk. Information, help and support for anyone affected by eating disorders. Youth Helpline: 0808 801 0711/1-1 web chat

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Kooth.com. Online counselling and support for emotional wellbeing

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qwellcounselling.com. Free online counselling and wellbeing support for adults

Apps:

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Worried about self-harm? Download the free Calm App.

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Want to overcome anxiety? Download the Clear Fear App.