The rates of Mental Health problems increase as children get older. Almost two children aged 11 to 16 has an identifiable mental health condition – which rises to one in five among 17 to 22 year olds.
We all have mental health. Your mental health affects how you feel, think and act. It refers to your emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. Your mental health can change on a daily basis and over time, and can be affected by a range of factors.
It’s important to look after your mental health, as you would look after your physical health. Your state of wellbeing affects how you cope with stress, relate to others and make choices. It also plays a part in your relationships with your family, community, colleagues and friends.
Good mental health among children and young people
When children and young people have good levels of wellbeing it helps them to:
- learn and explore the world
- feel, express and manage positive and negative emotions
- form and maintain good relationships with others
- cope with, and manage, change, setbacks and uncertainty
- develop and thrive.
When children and young people look after their mental health and develop their coping skills it can help them to boost their resilience, self-esteem and confidence. It can also help them learn to manage their emotions, feel calm, and engage positively with their education – which can, in turn, improve their academic attainment.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of your child’s mental health please do not hesitate to contact the school. We have trained counselors in school and many of our staff have completed additional training in child and adolescent mental health.
Further information and support for pupils and parents
General emotional support
Tel: 0800 1111
Self-harming and suicidal thoughts
- Wakefield CAMHS information.
If you’re a professional, a young person aged 16 to 17 or a parent or carer of a child or young person under the age of 18, you can contact the Wakefield CAMHS SPA team directly:
Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm, on: 01977 735865
- Self-harming advice for young people leaflet (PDF)
- Distractions from self-harming (PDF)
Exam stress and support
- Support line https://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/exam-stress/
Tel: 01708 765200
Importance of sleep
Pupils can also self-refer to our school nurse to discuss any issues with sleep
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