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Wrekin College

GOOD MENTAL HEALTH

'A strong understanding of what constitutes good physical and mental health is common to all pupils and they make sensible decisions about their lifestyles as a result'

ISI Educational Quality Inspection 2017

At Wrekin College we know that good mental health is the key to young people doing better in every way, enjoying their teenage years and being able to deal with stress and difficult times when needed - resilient young people are able to learn better, do better at school, navigate the online world they grow up in so they benefit from it and enjoy friendships and new experiences.

To support our pupils we offer the services of Wendy Brook, MBACP a highly qualified and experienced School Counsellor.

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT AND ACCESS THE SCHOOL COUNSELLING SERVICE 

For the good mental health of our pupils we aim to:

  • Underline the importance of promoting good mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Facilitate early recognition of mental health issues in adolescent pupils thereby preventing the escalation of mental health problems by early intervention.
  • Assist staff in their work with pupils so that appropriate help and support can be accessed when problems persist or increase in severity.

A 2015 House of Commons Library briefing - Children and young people’s mental health policy, CAMHS services, funding and education states that, 'One in four people on average experience a mental health problem, with the majority of these beginning in childhood. A report by the Chief Medical Officer in 2014 found that 50 per cent of adult mental health problems start before the age of 15 and 75 per cent before the age of 18.'

The Government’s 2011 Mental Health strategy, No Health without Mental Health set out the Government’s plan to improve mental health outcomes for people of all ages. The foreword stated that:

'By promoting good mental health and intervening early, particularly in the crucial childhood and teenage years, we can help to prevent mental illness from developing and mitigate its effects when it does ... Mental health is not just the absence of mental illness but rather it is the presence of emotional well-being.'

To read our full Pupil Mental Health policy please click here to visit the School Documents page.