Everyone has mental health, in the same way we all have physical health. ‘Mental health’ covers our emotional, psychological and social well-being - it affects how we think, feel and behave. Having good mental health doesn’t mean you feel happy 24/7 - good mental health means you experience a range of everyday emotions including happiness, sadness, joy, anxiety, anger etc. However, if the feelings seem more intense than just ‘everyday feelings’ and they hang around for a long time, then it’s time to ask someone for help.
In School, we are very fortunate enough to have a number of staff in school who can help and support you. These include: your tutor, your year team, the safeguarding team, the counsellors and the school nurse. Alternatively you can speak to any member of staff who you trust and feel comfortable talking to. Even if they can’t personally help you, they will be able to refer you to someone who can!
There are also loads of online resources and external agencies which can support you but make sure they’re appropriate - ask a member of staff if you’re unsure. Some recommended resources and agencies are listed below.
Shout is a free, anonymous texting service if you’re in a crisis and need to talk to someone. As it’s all via text, you don’t need to actually talk. You’ll be connected to a trained volunteer and they’ll be able to help you.
Young Minds is a website containing loads of resources, real-life stories and signposts to support young people’s mental health.
Mind is charity who provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Samaritans is a charity providing emotional support to anyone who needs it. You can call or email them to speak to someone.