Pupil Well-being

Maintaining positive mental health is a priority of pastoral care at St Christopher’s. We are aware of how areas such as anxiety, family difficulties, bereavement and exam pressure can impact on young people’s well-being. A significant number of staff have undertaken mental health first aid training and mental health is a feature of PSHE lessons, assemblies and study skills sessions. We regularly run mindfulness sessions in preparation for external examinations to help equip young people with coping strategies at pressure points throughout their lives.

We aim to foster an environment which:

  • recognises that each member of the school community is an individual with specific needs and strengths 

  • fosters mutual respect and concern for others 

  • values the contribution made by each member of the school community 

  • encourages and celebrates positive achievement 

  • actively supports those in need. 

St Christopher’s Well-Being Team includes counsellors, safeguarding leads and a wellbeing practitioner. Pupils can request support, or be referred by parents or teachers. We work with families and young people to offer in-house and external support tailor made for individual circumstances, making referrals to outside agencies 
as appropriate. For further details, please refer to the school Emotional Health and Well Being Policy on the website.

Contact Information

If you have any concerns or would like to talk to someone during these strange times then please contact Mrs B Mulhall via this email or call 01254 232992 ext. 263

The Mental Elf

The Mental Elf's Guide to Sleep

Sleep is fundamental to both our physical health and our mental health, as such a large amount of scientific research has been done into the factors that help people to gain the vital sleep that they require. In this video some of the main findings are highlighted to help parent and students manage their sleep cycle. With repeated practise of these processes sleep should improve.

A Pupil's Guide to Good Mental Health

Our Head’s of School, Alice and Ed, have created a short video to help you maintain good mental health during these crazy times. We hope it helps!

This is a challenging time for all of us and these links can help you to take care of yourself and others.

Guidance from Childline about coronavirus and tips for managing lockdown.

Support and advice for families during lockdown from the NSPCC.

Kooth is an online counselling service that all students at St Christopher’s can access.

Lancashire Mind offer mental health advice.

See Hear Respond is a Barnardo's partnership to help children, young people and families cope with the Covid-19 crisis.

Young Minds offers coronavirus advice and mental health support. Visit their dedicated advice page if you are struggling with self-isolation and the impact the pandemic is having on your mental health

The Children and Family Wellbeing Service from LCC is here to provide early help on a whole range of issues affecting you and your family.

The Samaritans are there for anyone who just needs someone to talk to.

No judgement! No Pressure!

Action for Children has advice on lots of issues, from online learning, to supporting your child emotionally whilst at university.

These leaflets also provide sources of help and advice about how to cope with change:

Useful Links and Resources: