Just as with physical health, we all have mental health that we need to take care of and be aware of. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. For teenagers, the natural changes happening in your brain can have a huge effect on your mental health. Here are some things you can do to help keep you mentally healthy:
If you want to talk about your mental health, remember that there is nothing to be ashamed of and even the act of talking about how you are feeling can often help. There are many places you can go to in school to get help – you can talk to any adult you trust. Furthermore, Miss Banner (Wellbeing Lead) and other pastoral leaders are trained to listen to people who feel they need help with stress or anxiety, and can also provide further information that you might find useful.
If something is troubling you or you need advice, you should always feel that you can speak to one of your teachers. If you are finding this difficult, or you need help outside of school time, there are some avenues of support listed below.
We recognise that it is always possible that a student may be a victim of (or witness to) sexual violence, sexual harassment or other forms of other harmful sexual behaviour. In such situations it is very important that appropriate help and support can be arranged straight away. However we also know that it can be very difficult to speak about these topics, and that students may feel nervous about what might happen next when they speak to an adult. The leaflet linked here is designed to explain exactly what would happen next and reassure anyone who may be fearful of seeking help.
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