Safeguarding & Early Help
Emotional and Mental Health & Wellbeing
“Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to her or his community.” The World Health Organisation, (2013)
‘Young Minds’ statistics (2021) show that one in six children aged five to 16 were identified as having a probable mental health problem in July 2021, a huge increase from one in nine in 2017. That’s five children in every classroom.
Unity College aims to create an environment that promotes positive emotional and mental health and wellbeing.
This is achieved through:
- Ensuring that students feel safe and supported and build resilience to life’s challenges
- Building positive relationships with students which allows them to trust and talk openly about any concerns or difficulties.
- Responding to concerns raised by staff, parents, carers or students regarding other student’s mental wellbeing.
- Delivering a planned programme of evidence-based RSHE that explores a range of issues that relate directly or indirectly to emotional health and wellbeing that is delivered in regularly timetabled ID lessons and reinforced throughout the whole curriculum
At Unity College we offer a wide range of support for students where there are emotional and mental health concerns. This may include regular pastoral ‘check-ins’, supportive information, advice and guidance sessions, and 1 to 1 therapeutic interventions including low intensity CBT.
Where appropriate we can signpost, or support referrals to specialist services.
If you are concerned about a student’s emotional and mental wellbeing please contact the PD tutor in the first instance.
Links to relevant organisations, information and self help guidance:
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