We all have mental health, just like we all have physical health. Mental health is about the way we think and feel, and our ability to deal with the ups and downs of life.
When our mental health is good, we enjoy being around other people and we feel able to take on challenges and new experiences. But when our mental health is not so good, we can find it harder to cope. If you’re struggling with how you think, feel or act, you are not alone and things can get better. Please speak to someone about your concerns; either a friend or trusted adult. In school you can speak to your PAM, Head of Year or any member of staff whom you feel comfortable with.
If you don’t feel able to speak to someone directly, signal to someone that you are struggling using the wellbeing button on ClassCharts.
If you feel you are being bullied but don’t know who to talk to in school, you can press the ‘Report Bullying’ button on the SMSJ webpage and fill in a short form to alert one of our Safeguarding Officers.
It is important that you are safe from sexual exploitation and abuse. If you have any concerns about this and don’t feel able to speak to someone in school, you can click the CEOP button on the school website and fill out a report. The report will be sent to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors who can help you.
Below are some links to videos which may help you understand the importance of talking about your mental health, particularly if you are feeling overwhelmed. In these videos, there are useful strategies you can use to help you maintain positive mental health.
Wellbeing For Children: Confidence And Self-Esteem
Wellbeing For Children: Resilience
Wellbeing For Children: Motivation
This resource, explains anxiety and panic attacks, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. It includes tips for helping yourself and guidance for friends and family.
Other useful links and resources for students:
Kooth - Free online counselling for young people
Childline - Free counselling for young people via phone or online
Clearfear - Free app for anxiety
YoungMinds - children and young people's mental health charity