We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Being mentally healthy means that we feel good about ourselves, make and keep positive relationships with others and can feel and manage the full range of emotions. Good mental health allows us to cope with life's ups and downs, to feel in control of our lives and to ask for help from others when we need support. Here at Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School we adopt a whole-school approach to pupil wellbeing. This means we involve the senior leadership team, through to parents, staff and pupils as well as local services such as CAMHS and counselling provision.
The Pastoral Support and Well being Team
This year we have launched the new Pastoral Support & Well Being Team who are responsible for supporting the emotional wellbeing and mental health of our pupils. The team consists of Youth Mental Health First Aiders trained by MHFA England and are able assist in crisis and intervene at the early detection stage.
We provide one to one support, build resilience through talking, detailed signposting, resources and parent support to raise awareness and tackle mental health concerns. As a school we believe if we are not tackling mental health problems early, then we risk failing the next generation right at the start of their lives.
Please see the below a comprehensive list of organisations and Apps available for parents and pupils to support their mental health and wellbeing.
On site school counsellor
The school also have a part time, onsite school counsellor, Mrs Troisi. She is available to make regular and one off appointments with students in all year groups to help them through a variety of issues should they arise.
Teenagers face many challenges, not only must they adapt to significant physical changes in their bodies but also to the increasing demands and expectations of society. This makes adolescence and early adulthood a common time for the emergence of mental health problems . Counselling can help teenagers to manage the challenges of mental health problems and navigate the first round of life’s challenges. Doing this at this early point can provide young adults with a significant advantage for the rest of their lives and help them reach their full potential.
As part of the Well-Being team here at Douay we have a fully qualified and accredited Psychotherapist on site - Androulla Troisi MBACP Senior Accredited
Students may refer themselves via firstname.lastname@example.org or come to Breaktime drop-in. Alternatively a parent or member of the Pastoral team may also look for a referral.
In Secondary Schools a young person has a right to access counselling services without their parents'/carers' consent if they are considered to be “Gillick Competent”.