Wellbeing at Wales High School
At Wales we believe it is everyone’s responsibility to promote and protect your mental health. All our students are encouraged to look after their own wellbeing by noticing their feelings, taking time to refuel and never being afraid to speak out. At Wales we listen, non-judgementally, and aim to equip our students with the tools they need to look after their own wellbeing so that they can support others too. Remember – ‘Self-care is not selfish, it’s a priority’
At Wales High School we have 35 members of staff from all departments and areas of school that have successfully completed a two day training course in Mental Health First Aid.
Our team of mental health first aiders are now working to provide CPD for staff as well as working with our student mental health ambassadors to promote positive mental health throughout the school and within our community.
Each year we take applications from students to be part of our Student Mental Health Ambassadors Scheme. Once the applications have been accepted, students will have training on how to be successful Mental Health Ambassadors; they will complete units on active listening, recognising common mental health issues and how to stay safe whilst being an ambassador.
Our ambassadors then go on to work on projects throughout the year such as mentoring younger students and primary students, as well as organising events such as our Time to Talk Fair and World Mental Health Day.
At Wales High School we work alongside ‘With me in Mind’ who are one of the National Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) that are based in Rotherham and Doncaster and funded by the NHS. The fully trained psychologists and counsellors at ‘With me in Mind’ work with us at Wales High School to support our students by promoting positive mental wellbeing for all students as well as bespoke counselling and support for students that need additional support with their wellbeing.
We have a Parents & Carers support group at Wales High School which provides an opportunity for families to feed back to us about how we are supporting our students.
It is also a great chance for the families in our community to come together to talk about issues they may be facing with regards to wellbeing and the young people they support.
If you would like more information or to be involved with this group then please get in touch by emailing [email protected] or getting in touch via our contact page
At Wales High School we have a triage system for wellbeing which ensures that students get the right support for their needs.
This table summarises our triage system and the relevant staff involved at each stage, and will give an idea of what to expect if you feel as though you or someone you know are needing additional support with your wellbeing at Wales High School.