Mental Health

Who can I talk to?

Philippa Thompson
Mental Health First Aid Instructor
Sharon Pickles
Safeguarding Manager
Melissa Wells
DSL & Associate Assistant Headteacher

Mental Health at THS

Over 50% of mental illnesses start before the age of 14, and 1 in 10 children and young people are coping with the challenges of a mental health disorder. Schools are on the frontline when it comes to supporting children and young people’s mental wellbeing. Staff working in schools are ideally placed to recognise and respond to early signs of mental health difficulties in children and young people.

This page identifies how school staff at THS can support your children and young people by identifying mental health problems and by measuring and monitoring the mental health and emotional wellbeing of our pupils.

A whole school approach

At THS we prioritise supporting our young people to build emotional resilience and help them to cope with and bounce back from adversity. This includes (not exhaustive):

  • One to one support with TAC officers and trained Safeguarding staff.

  • Wellbeing Wednesday- every week.

  • Assemblies- throughout the academic year.

  • ARCH days- 6 during the year covering a range of topics relating to wellbeing.

  • Intervention work with pastoral staff (assigned to year groups).

  • Our Ewood centre (nurture).

  • A family environment.

  • A "whole school" approach

  • Noah's Ark

By a “whole school approach”, we mean involving every individual in the school community: pupils, parents and all staff and volunteers. Crucially, it’s also about strategy and leadership; the systems and structures within the school. Everyone has the chance to understand and implement practical things which will contribute to changes in practice and benefit all the students in the school. Additionally, this includes the school’s relationship to the local community and wider mental health system, and their confidence and ability to commission relevant services. It can include strengthening relationships with local providers and commissioners to improve pathways into services for children and young people.


A sharp focus on promoting wellbeing, building resilience and good mental health will improve outcomes for our children and young people. The benefits for individuals, families, business and the economy are clear – increased employability, capability and productivity, reduced absence, reduced demand on services and improved family relationships and happiness. Currently, for many children and young people help is simply coming too late. In order to try and support with this we have put a greater focus on the early identification of problems, earlier intervention, and increased preventative work to tackle the growing crisis of undiagnosed and untreated children’s mental health.

Useful links

Open Minds Calderdale
Teen Mental Health Guide - a Guide for Parents
The Brew Project - Invictus
Calderdale Identity Youth Groups | Barnardo's (
Mentally Healthy Schools - with Sir David Attenborough
Night OWLS – a new service for young people in West Yorkshire

Night OWLS is a new service being offered in Calderdale and Kirklees, to support children, young adults, parents, and cares in crisis.  This facility is available from 8pm until 8am, via a free phone number or online. See the video below.

ARCH Day lessons

Useful video clips

Body image
Abusive relationships
In our own words
We all have mental health
You are not alone
Your words matter
Psychosis - Laura's Story
Conversations about suicide
5 ways to wellbeing
Talking about Mental Health
Bullying and mental health

Other services that can help you

Anxiety UK: Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774
(Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)

CALM: CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.

Mental Health Foundation: Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

Mind: Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)

No Panic: Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)

PAPYRUS: Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm & 7-10pm. Weekends 2-5pm)

Rethink Mental Illness: Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

Samaritans: Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

SANE: Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.
SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30-10.30pm)

YoungMinds: Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

NSPCC: Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.
Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)
0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)

Beat: for support with eating disorders
Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s)

Mencap: Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Relate: The UK’s largest provider of relationship support.