Student Wellbeing and Mental Health is taken very seriously at St Thomas More. It is well known that Youth Mental Health issues are on the rise; these are becoming more prominent as children get older, and we aim to provide as much support to our young people in need as we can. We are well-connected with local services and work with parents to make referrals where necessary.
However, we also recognise the importance of educating our young people about what wellbeing is, and how they can look after themselves and each other. We do this through Wellbeing Wednesday activities done in form time, informational displays and student workshops. All of our pastoral leaders have received mental health awareness training through Mental Health First Aid England, and most senior staff in school are designated Mental Health and/or Safeguarding Leads.
We make use of appropriate and up-to-date resources provided by a number of well-being and mental health organisations to ensure our students are given correct information in this area including mentally healthy schools, NHS services, and the Mental Health Foundation. There are also a number of websites that we recommend to students who may wish to find out more.