On these well-being pages you will find a variety of services that offer support.
Please see our support and resources page packed full of signposted services and resources for parents/carers.
As a school, we take mental health and well-being very seriously.We are committed to supporting the emotional health and well-being of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support.
We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
Well-being is about our thoughts, feelings, emotions and ability to react to life. A good sense of well-being is feeling ok and able to cope, even when life or situations are challenging.
Sometimes our well-being is affected by things out of our control: illness, a stressful family situation or crisis.
When our well-being is affected and we don’t feel able to cope, this can lead to mental health concerns: sadness, depression and unhelpful thoughts that can stop us from enjoying and coping with daily life.
Mental health Illness
Sometimes, people are born with a mental health illness which affects them throughout their lives. They might have different ways of being supported and coping with their mental health illness; they might take a medicine or they might have a doctor or counsellor that they talk to, to help them cope and regain a sense of wellbeing.
Mental illness is often invisible, but that doesn’t mean it should be hidden. Statistics tell us that most people suffer from a mental health concern at some point in their lives and that one in ten young people struggle with their mental health. People with any illnesses, whether they affect our mental or physical health, deserve support, help and understanding.
Breaking the stigma
Understanding and responding to our mental health and wellbeing needs is something we believe in at Highwoods Academy. We aim to take away the stigma and negativity and help our pupils and families to talk openly we are demonstrating a deep commitment to working towards excellent practice as we place the mental health and well-being of our pupils and staff at the core of our academy alongside our commitment to having a rich whole school culture where all members of our academy community can thrive.
Universal Support – To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.
Additional support – For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
Targeted support – For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as well-being groups or personal mentors.
CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services https://camhs.rdash.nhs.uk/
Doncaster Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provides mental health assessments, therapy and interventions for children, young people up to the age of 18 years and their families or identified carers when the child and young person is experiencing emotional or mental health difficulties.
The Doncaster camhs facebook page is – https://www.facebook.com/doncastercamhsnhs/
The ‘With me in Mind’ website is- http://www.withmeinmind.co.uk/
The ‘With me in Mind’ (Doncaster) Instagram– https://www.instagram.com/withmeinmind_doncaster/
The ‘With me in Mind’ (Rotherham) Instagram– https://www.instagram.com/Withmeinmindrotherham/
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