Mental Health & Well Being

Children and young people feeling good, feeling that their life is going well, and feeling able to get on with their daily lives.” 

Stress and coping with with outbreak of COVID-19


What do we mean by mental wellbeing? 

Mental wellbeing is not simply the absence of mental illness but is a broader indicator of social, emotional and physical wellness. For us at the academy, it is important to have a definition that is easily understandable so that staff, pupils, students and parents can have a shared understanding of what is meant by mental wellbeing. We define mental wellbeing as children and young people’s happiness, life satisfaction and positive functioning.  

 At Consett Academy, we aim to influence student mental wellbeing through:     

  • providing a supportive culture, ethos and environment that can serve as a buffer to difficult circumstances; 

  • teaching and learning that helps students to build important life skills, through PSHE strategies such as learning to learn, habits of mind and the growth mindset; 

  • supporting the development of skills and character traits such as self-management, compassion and team work (e.g. as part of PSHE and character education);    

  • partnerships with parents/carers and the wider community also plays a key role both in providing onsite support through, for example, pastoral support systems, inclusion officers, school nurses and other school based health services, and in providing links and referrals to more specialist support for mental health and wellbeing available in the wider community. 

Support for students: 

Whether you want to know more about how you're feeling, get information about a mental health condition or know what support is available to you, the is always something out there for you: - information and support for those affected by suicide - Information and advice on drug misuse - for young adults and their carers - The hideout – Information and support for those experiencing domestic violence  

Phone numbers: 


Text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.  

If you need urgent help text YM to 85258 

All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors 

Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus. 

Childline: 0800 1111 

Samaritans: 116 123. 

Support for parents: 

Worried about a child or young person's behaviour or mental health? You're not alone. There are a range of places that can support you: – making sense of relationships​ article/how-to-help-kids-have-good-romantic-relationships​​ 08001111 log on for online chat or email​ 

 Support for parents and students during the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

Every Mind – How To Manage Your Mental Health While Working From Home 

MHFAE Supporting your mental health while working from home.