Mental Health and Well-Being

Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” 

World Health Organisation. 2018 

At Holyhead School  we aim to promote good mental health and wellbeing for our whole community: students, staff, parents and carers. 

We aim to develop protective factors by being a community in which all:

  • are respected 
  • have a sense of belonging and feel safe
  • are able to talk openly with trusted adults
  • see good mental health as something to be valued and nurtured

We want all members of our community to:

  • feel confident in themselves
  • be able to express a range of emotions appropriately
  • be able to make and maintain positive relationships with others
  • cope with the challenges of everyday life
  • manage times of stress and deal with change
  • thrive and achieve

We aim to achieve this through:

  • awareness raising (wellbeing assemblies, tips for good mental health)
  • listening to our students 
  • gaining insights via student voice
  • working in partnership with parents/carers where there are concerns about mental health 
  • signposting sources of external help and advice
  • making referrals and working with external agencies to provide additional support to those who need it
  • recognising the importance of staff mental health and wellbeing. 
  • modelling healthy attitudes and habits  
  • our PSHE curriculum. 

We are not able or qualified to offer

  • counselling
  • testing and diagnosis of mental health conditions
  • specialist therapies