“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 Organization)
At St Wilfrid’s RC College, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of the school community – students, their families and our staff. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches, and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable students.
We believe that every child, with the right support, is capable of anything and the primary role of all staff is to ensure the safety of our students. Our pastoral system and our curriculum are underpinned by Gospel Values and mental well-being is a key priority of our school’s development plan. Mental health education within school develops students’ understanding of mental health and emotional well-being, providing them with tools to self-care and with clear access to support mechanisms when required.
Well-being Wednesday is our devoted day to focusing on a state of well-being. If you have any suggestions for Well-being Wednesday, we’d love to hear them.
Our Designated Senior Mental Health Lead is Mr A Logan.
Our Mental Health Policy is available here.
In school, our mental health team consists of the following:
- Designated Senior Mental Health Lead
- Designated Safeguarding Leads
- Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator
- Learning Support Assistants
- First Aid Support Assistant
- Pastoral Support Officer
- Attendance and Home Liaison Officer
- School (Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust) Counsellors
- The Road Centre Counsellors (click for website)
- NHS Healthy Minds Counsellors (click for website)
Working closely with:
- Heads of House & Assistant Heads of House
- Behaviour Inclusion Support Manager (starting September 2022)
- School Nursing Team (click for website)
- Mental Health First Aiders (staff)
- Mental Health Ambassadors (students)
- Peer Support Mentors (students)
- Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (click for website)