Supporting Students’ Mental Health and Wellbeing

Students within our setting often arrive amongst a complex backdrop of social, emotional and mental health needs. Therefore, ensuring these students feel supported to achieve their potential and achieve their best possible life chances is of paramount importance. We understand that students may require additional support with their mental health throughout their time in school. Therefore, ensuring strong links with the wider school community across Calderdale and most importantly with the young people in our setting is fundamentally important. Whatever issues our students or their families face, we always support proactively, ensuring appropriate and thorough intervention that will always be in the best interest of the child.

Our Mental Health Team coordinate the whole school approach to student’s wellbeing and mental health, and ensure the best possible support is embedded throughout the Academy. This team is:

  • Mr J. Colwell, Senior Mental Health Lead (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
  • Miss G. Wilson, Pastoral Leader, Mental Health Champion (Pastoral)
  • Miss E. Stringer, PHSE Coordinator, Mental Health Champion (Curriculum)

Within this section you will note a number of self help and support guides to access if you are concerned about a child or young person’s mental health. Also

included in this section are links to advice and support networks if you need

further support in managing or supporting a child with their mental health.

Open Minds provide advice, information, support and signposting to young people about emotional health and wellbeing. This will often be as part of a multi-agency approach. Their website offers a number of ways to seek support for young people.

Calderdale Council’s Young Carers Service offer assessments to support students who have been referred into their service. They work to support young people whom have taken on a role caring for a relative and seek to provide support as required.

Healthy Minds is a local charity based in Calderdale. The charity provides a range of different services for young people and individuals struggling with their mental health to access.

Located at the Orange Box in Halifax town centre, this provides a safe a space to young people aged 13-25 to seek support from youth workers who provide advice and information and support on a whole range of issues that affect young people. This provision is available weekdays 3:30pm-5:45pm

SilverCloud is an online platform available to anyone in Calderdale. It is a space that has tools and tactics to help you manage mental and behavioural health. It also has social and supportive elements. This is also a self-referral service.

Kooth is an online mental health support community for young people in the Calderdale area providing confidential support from counsellors and an online community in a free, safe and anonymous environment.

Out of hours Mental Health emergencies:

Out of hours mental health emergencies

Before 8pm – Contact 07385 399 840

Between 8pm to 8am – Contact Night OWLS; a

support service available 8pm–8am every day for children, young people, parents and carers across West Yorkshire. Call free on 0300 2003900, text on 07984 392700 or go to the website to use the online chat function: 


Ultimately, we are committed to making a difference; we are not passive players in young people’s lives but active participants who can and do make a real difference. Therefore, if you need any further support please contact the Academy and speak to a member of our Mental Health Team who can provide additional support.

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