Rebecca MelvilleMrs Melville is the Assistant Director of Sixth Form and designated Safeguarding Officer, she can be contacted on 0113 3931225 or email@example.com.
What is Mental Health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical health. Everybody has it and we need to take care of it.
Mental health is everyone’s business. Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. However, we all have times when we feel down, stressed or anxious. Most of the time those feelings pass, but for 1 in 4 people they develop into something more serious.
What do early signs of a Mental Health problem look like?
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters
- Having unexplained aches and pains
- Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
- Having intrusive thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
Where can I get help if I think I, or one of my friends, have a Mental Health problem?
In the first instance you can speak to your Head of Year. They will listen to your concerns and then advise what options are available. This might include speaking to another member of staff within school or helping you to access support outside of school.
Alternatively you can contact the following organisations for help and advice either by phone or email.