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Pupil Wellbeing

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

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which ensures that a child/ young person's school/ college is informed, prior to the start of the next school day, that there has been a domestic abuse, vulnerable child or missing incident to which the child or young person has been exposed, and which might then have an impact on them in school/ college the following day. Below you can download copies of the introductory letter as well as the Training Brief.

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!

The following links are to some great apps to help with anything you are struggling with out of school time. Each one is available on Apple and Android:

Calm Harm

Calm Harm is a free app to help teenagers manage the urge to self-harm.

Clear Fear

Clear Fear is the latest app from award-winning teenage mental health charity stem4.

Move Mood

Move Mood is an app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4.

Combined Minds

Combined Minds is an app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4.

Worth Warrior

Worth Warrior has been created for young people to manage negative body image, low self-worth and related early-stage eating difficulties or disorders. Created for stem4.

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:

Kooth - FAQs: A Quick Introduction for Parents

Kooth - Supporting Your Child During Difficult Times

Kooth - Top Tips to Talking to Children About Their Feelings

Kooth - FAQs: A Quick Introduction for Children and Young People

Kooth - Navigating Depression and Low Mood

Kooth - Mini Activities