Mental Health and Wellbeing
At St Laurence School, we promote good emotional wellbeing through our daily ethos and seek to identify behaviour changes and signs of mental distress early and signpost appropriate support.
The aim of this section of the St Laurence School website is to support students and parents and signpost them to outside organisations that are there to offer expert help when you need it and beyond school hours. Our core values of ‘Care, Inspire, Succeed’ recognise that emotional wellbeing is a key indicator of academic achievement, and subsequently improved outcomes in later life.
It’s OK to not be OK. Your wellbeing is as important to us at St Laurence School as your academic success.
Support in School
You can meet with an adult mentor. Speak to the House Team.
You can have 6 sessions with a trained sixth form Peer Mentor. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be part of the Peer Mentoring Programme from Kidscape.
You can have sessions with the school counsellor. Speak to the House Team.
You can have sessions to help you manage your feelings with a trained adult for emotional support. Speak to the House Team.
Drop in to see our School Nurse on a Tuesday between 12.30 and 14.00. Come to PMR3, a meeting room accessed via the science entrance and the corridor leading to the offices.
If you have a health concern or query and do not want to see someone face to face then you can Text the School Nurse for quick, easy and anonymous advice that is given straight to your phone. Text 07480635513
Support Outside of School
You can contact Childline about anything. There are lots of different ways to speak to a Childline Counsellor or get support from other young people. Call for free 0800 11 11. Sign up for free via the site for a ‘Childline Locker’ to send an email or log in for 1-2-1 counsellor chat.
Young Minds are the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. Young Minds want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.
Barnardo’s Healthy Minds Wiltshire has been funded by Wiltshire Council to improve outcomes for children and young people with emotional wellbeing and low level mental health needs.
The National Sleep Helpline helps anyone with sleep issues including adults, parents and young people. The helpline is available from 7pm and 9pm, Sunday to Thursday on 03303 530 541. Poor sleep can affect anyone, and it can be a major stress for parents whose own sleep can be impaired by their children’s difficulties getting to sleep, staying asleep or staying in their own bed, leading to greater stress. Having a sleep issue is surprisingly common. At any given time, this affects up to 40% of adults and 50% of children (this rises to 80% with a SEND diagnosis). These problems are typically persistent and do not resolve themselves without intervention.
Support for Young Carers
We have a Young Carer Lead Worker and there is support available in school.
1:1 sessions with the Young Carer Lead Worker
Help with referrals to be registered as a young carer
Advice and support to better your school work/life and home life.
Outside of School
Carer Support Wiltshire is a local charity that supports carers of all ages, including young carers.
Yacbook is an online community and resource centre for young adult carers.
Jointly is a mobile app provided by Carers UK that allows carers to share important information on those that they care for with relevant parties, i.e other carers for that person or family members in case of an emergency.
Support for Parents
Parenting Courses. Please contact the school for more information.
Contact your GP for further information and support.
Visit YoungMinds for parents helpline and guides.
Mental Health Crisis
Text: YM to 85258
Text YOUNGMINDS Crisis messenger for free 24/7 support if you’re struggling or feeling unsafe. 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.
Dealing with Anxiety Guidance
Please follow the link here to access useful information about how exams and how to deal with anxiety in young people.
Prayers You Might Find Helpful
The following link is to the Church of England website. This link offers topical prayers for example: guidance, difficult situations, justice, growth, guilt, mourning, and healing: