Mental health is crucial for teenagers as they navigate the challenges of growing up, dealing with academic and social pressures, and facing complex emotional issues. Good mental health can promote a positive sense of self, healthy relationships, and academic success. Conversely, poor mental health can lead to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, self-harm, and other serious problems.

We have a range of support available in school including pastoral counsellors, A Space therapists and a close working relationship with CAMHS.

Here are some tips to promote good mental health in teenagers:

  • Encourage open communication: Create a safe and supportive environment that allows teenagers to express their thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment or criticism.

  • Promote healthy habits: Encourage regular exercise, healthy eating, and adequate sleep to boost physical and mental well-being.

  • Help manage stress: Teach teenagers coping mechanisms for managing stress such as deep breathing, meditation, or talking to a trusted adult.

  • Build a positive self-image: Encourage teenagers to identify and celebrate their strengths, and help them develop a positive attitude towards themselves.

  • Seek professional help: If you notice signs of poor mental health, such as persistent sadness, changes in behaviour or sleep patterns, or increased anxiety, consider seeking the help of a mental health professional.

If you have concerns for your child's mental health please contact their Head of Year. You may also want to make use of the resources below.