Wellbeing

Our school is organised using a pastoral House system, this ensures students have consistency across their school careers by belonging to a house and a pastoral class. Through the Wider Curriculum programme students study: 

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • Living in the Wider World
  • Ethos
  • Developing Learner Attributes and Skills

Sometimes students can experience challenges throughout their school careers where they may need to access additional support. Students first point of contact should be their Pastoral Tutor, Deputy Head of House, Head of House or Head of Sixth Form. Students can also access support from our school counselling service led by Sarah, Louise, Ruth and Laura. 

Email addresses are:


There are lots of resources available to support health and wellbeing too:

NHSThe National Health Service offer lots of support for health and wellbeing available through your GP or nurse https://www.nhs.uk/ 
111
KoothOnline mental health and wellbeing community offering counselling services as well as chat rooms and discussion boards
Young MindsChildren and Young people’s mental health charity.

https://youngminds.org.uk/ 

Parents’ Helpline: 
0808 802 5544
ChildlineChildline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. We’re here for you online, on the phone, anytime.
0800 1111

https://www.childline.org.uk/
Place to BeCan provide one to one and group counselling sessions. 

Emergency support offered through SHOUT:

Text CONNECT to 85258
For: anyone in the UK
Available: free, 24 hours a day
More info: giveusashout.orgnerships with Place2Be
CruseCharity supporting bereavement and loss https://www.cruse.org.uk/
Child Bereavement UKChild Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
https://www.childbereavementuk.org/
The MixThe Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us via our online community, on social, through our free, confidential helpline or our counselling service. https://www.themix.org.uk/
Gateshead CarersSupport for unpaid careers with specific support for Gateshead’s young carers. Maureen is the young carers assessor and available Monday to Thursday.  The young carer can ring direct tel:01207 549780 or email info@carerstrusttw.org.uk.  They don’t need parental permission if 15 or over.  Anyone can refer using the form below.  

https://assessme.uk/welcome/twycprofreferral 

Tel: 01207 549780
Email: info@carerstrusttw.org.uk
https://www.carerstrusttw.org.uk/
Voice CollectiveUK wide charity supporting young people with “unusual” sensory experiences

Useful Apps and resources for young people

  • Blueice is an evidenced-based app to help young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm. It includes a mood diary, a toolbox of evidence-based techniques to reduce distress and automatic routing to emergency numbers if urges to harm continue.
  • Buddhify meditation sessions are organized by theme according to where you are in your day. It is widely known to be one of the best apps for anxiety, and is personalised depending on what you’re up to, from waking up, commuting or taking a quick break at work to dealing with stress or having trouble falling asleep.
  • Calm Harm is an app designed to help people resist or   manage the urge to self-harm. It’s private and password protected.
  • Clear Fear uses the evidence-based treatment CBT to focus on learning to reduce the physical responses to threat by learning to breathe, relax and be mindful as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions.
  • Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It. The app will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.
  • Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with Chill Panda. The app measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.
  • Create music to capture your mood and express how you feel with the Cove app. Instead of words, create music to reflect emotions like joy, sadness, calm and anger. You can store your music in a personal journal, or send them to someone and let the music do the talking.
  • The eQuoo app for anyone over 12, uses adventure games to help you increase your emotional fitness and teach you new psychological skills. You’ll also find tips on how to communicate more effectively and maintain your mental wellbeing.
  • Kooth offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people aged between 11 – 24 years and is available up to 10 pm every day.
  • Stress & Anxiety Companion helps you handle stress and anxiety on-the-go. Using breathing exercises, relaxing music and games designed to calm the mind, the app helps you change negative thoughts to help you better cope with life’s ups and
  • ThinkNinja is a mental health app designed for 10 to 18 year olds. Using a variety of content and tools, it allows young people to learn about mental health and emotional wellbeing, and develop skills they can use to build resilience and stay well.

In an emergency

NHS – 999

To discuss concerns or signposting

Your local GP – 111

For someone who will listen right away 

Childline – 08001111 – (Also available for online chats)

Young Minds Crisis Messenger – Text YM to 85258Samaritans – 116 123 (Can also email jo@samaritans.org


If you are concerned for your immediate safety or someone else’s ring 999.

If you are in crisis the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, free from any phone on 116 123. This is a confidential service.

CAMHS – the Child and Adolescent  Mental Health Service are there to support young people, if you feel you would benefit from additional mental health support please speak to your teachers, House Heads or GP who will be able to refer you for this service.

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