Good mental health is important for helping children and young people to develop and thrive. A student’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning as well as their physical and social health and their mental wellbeing in adulthood.
It is normal for students to feel down, anxious, over-whelmed and worried from time to time. As a school we aim to provide support and guidance for our students’ academic studies and their pastoral needs. We offer the following services in school:
School-based online reporting system
PSCO support sessions
Exam stress support group
Relaxation support group
Mental Health First Aiders trained in how to identify, understand and help
Family Liaison Officer
Mental Health in School Team
We can sign post students to the following outside agencies:
Child and Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Social services and safeguarding services at the local authority
Online support through our Mental Health & Wellbeing support page
The links below provide guidance on services for a range of different mental health and wellbeing needs which may present in a young persons’ life.
Wellbeing and Emotional Support Teams in Schools
The wellbeing and emotional support teams in schools service is designed to help children and young people access mental health and wellbeing support early on in educational settings. The team offer short term support delivered by education mental health practitioners (EMHPs). Referrals are made through our Heads of Year and the website offers a wealth of support techniques.
Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. Here you can chat to counsellors, read articles written by young people, get support from the Kooth community and write in a daily journal.
The UK’s leading charity fighting for young people’s mental health. They share a wealth of resources on how parents and carers can support young people who are feeling anxious and tips from their parents and carers helpline on how to talk to your child about. Young people can also text YM to 85258
NHS: Every Mind Matters
Every mind matters has expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental health. The site covers support within the following areas Mental wellbeing, Anxiety, Sleep, Stress and Low mood
School Health Nurse
School Health Nurses lead in ensuring that you know what services are available to you within the community and that they are accessible to everyone. School Health Nurses lead and deliver the healthy child programme to ensure a healthy start for every child. This includes promoting positive physical and mental health, supporting parents and assessing the health and development of children and young people.
Anxiety UK aims to offer support, advice and information on all anxiety, stress and anxiety-based depression conditions. They provide a wide range of services to support those affected by these conditions; from those living with stress or mild anxiety, through to those with more severe, complex and longstanding issues. Friendly volunteers can answer your questions and help find the right resources to manage anxiety
Health for Teens
Love your body, love yourself, #lovehealth
Tests and exams in school inform teachers, parents, and students themselves about their academic progress and potential future pathways. But like any situation in which a person’s performance is being evaluated, the outcomes may feel very significant. So exams have the potential to be stressful.
It is perfectly normal to experience anxiety and, research shows, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Anxiety and stress cause the body to release adrenalin which can be helpful when responding to challenging situations. Stress will help students focus on preparing for, and then apply themselves during, the exam itself.
TDMS fully recognises its responsibilities for students with mental health and wellbeing needs. We want our students to:
Learn in a calm and purposeful environment, where behaviour is exemplary and routines are established.
Be mentally and physically fit to equip them for a successful adult life, be independent and ambitious.
Be confident, happy and feel safe.
Be friendly, respectful, caring and polite.
Below are links to support you can access quickly
Keeping mentally healthy – self-care:
(website for young people from the charity Winston Wish)
(website offering support and information for young people with suicidal thoughts including a helpline)
(including online counselling support)
Resources for parents/carers:
Young Minds Help for Parents
Mental Health guide for parents
If you need immediate and urgent support:
NHS Urgent Support
If you think you need more direct support, speak to your SIT, one of the Safeguarding team or a member of staff you are comfortable speaking with and we can look at the right level of support for you. This could be providing you with more information, putting you in contact with a support group, arranging a meeting with the school nurse or counselling.