Mental Health


Mental Health can affect anyone, any day of the year.


We have put together some materials and contacts for support if you, or someone you know,

are experiencing difficulties with mental health.


Our Mental Health policy can be found on our Centre Policies page


YP Hub counselling info
What is Mental Health


Zumos - How to be Happy


Zumos are big advocates of mental health and wellbeing and believe that a little support can go a long way.


They have produced a Lockdown Wellbeing Programme which you can sign up to for free!


Kooth - online support for children and young people

Kooth provides a safe, secure means of accessing help about any subject that matters to you via the internet and New Services are now available online to support 10-18 year old’s by visiting:

For more information please click here.



Useful websites for mental and physical health and wellbeing:


Beat Eating Disorders - UK based charity who provide support and guidance to anyone affected by eating disorders and their loved ones

Chat Health - secondary age pupils can text any health questions to a Hertfordshire based Public Health Nurse on 07480 635050 (Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm)

Childline - chat with a counsellor online or over the phone - 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Health for Teens - covers a range of health topics for teenagers

Healthy Young Minds - Mental health information and details of support within Hertfordshire

Just Talk - talking about mental health, for young people, parents and professionals.

Kooth - Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

Mind - mental health information and support

Samaritans is a free 24/7 emotional support service available to people of all ages.  Call 116123 or email

The Mix - national support for young people under 25

YC Herts - Hertfordshire information and advice for young people  YC Herts also have a document containing useful websites for young people.  Please click here to view.  YC Herts also run a Young Men's Project group on Mondays 6.30 - 8.30pm.

Young Minds - national information and advice for young people

Spot the Signs - NHS guidance for suicide prevention

Time to Change - mental health advice

Headspace - Meditation and Mindfulness information

The Ollie Foundation - suicide prevention advice

Hertfordshire County Council Parent and Carer Support

MindEd - educational resource on children & young people's mental health for all adults

Anna Freud - National Centre for Children and Families - A mental health charity

Zero Suicide Alliance




Talking about mental health is not always easy. But starting a conversation doesn’t have to be awkward, and being there for someone can make a huge difference. Time to Change raise awareness for mental health issues.  Visit their website for more information.

just being there
keep it simple
dont try to fix it
ask questions







What does it look like in a young person?

  1. Sadness or hopelessness
  2. Irritability, anger, or hostility
  3. Tearfulness or frequent crying
  4. Withdrawal from friends and family
  5. Loss of interest in activities
  6. Poor school performance
  7. Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  8. Restlessness and agitation
  9. Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  10. Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
  11. Fatigue or lack of energy
  12. Difficulty concentrating
  13. Unexplained aches and pains
  14. Thoughts of death or suicide


What we do

  • Weekly 1:1 mentoring
  • Inform parents/ carers to refer to the GP
  • Refer to our in house wellbeing councillor
  • Communicate effectively with parents and carers
  • Involve the student in cultured trips and experiences
  • Provide hot meals and uniforms
  • Praise and reward young people


What you can do

  • Communicate
  • Encourage social connection
  • Make physical activity a priority
  • Know when to seek professional help
  • Support
  • Take care of yourself and the rest of the family