Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

Meet the Wellbeing Team 

At the Deanery CoE High School and Sixth Form we are pleased to introduce our wellbeing team. 

They are a friendly team here to help support staff and pupils with their mental health and wellbeing needs, and to help parents /carers to support the wellbeing of their young people.

Mrs Normington

Mental Health Practitioner and Wellbeing Lead

My role is to listen and chat to pupils who may need some extra support around their moods, worries, sleep, or panic. Throughout the year there will be group sessions for Wellbeing, Exam Stress, Pride and Confident Me. The groups are very popular, and you can find out more about these through the pupil bulletin.

Mrs Holt

School Chaplain at The Deanery and Head of Youth for Church Wigan

I help support the Christian ethos of the school, whilst offering pastoral support to students and staff here. I help to plan and lead collective worship, offer lunchtime and after school activities and explore ways to support and empower young people across the churches and communities of Wigan. As School Chaplain, I offer listening sessions to anyone who might need to chat about any worries, and help identify other people and places that might be able to offer help too.

Mrs Turner

Deputy Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead

I make sure that there is always someone you can turn to if you don’t feel safe, or if something doesn’t feel right. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, if you are worried about the safety of somebody it is important you tell a trusted adult in school. We can then work together to make sure that person is safe.

Mrs Hannam

School Counsellor

My role involves one-to-one sessions on a regular basis. Support is pupil-led; what the pupil feels they need and is helped by a process that offers a safe, non- judgmental place to explore deeper issues, feelings or behaviours that interrupt good mental health. Issues might include self-harm, anxiety, bereavement, suicidal thoughts, self-esteem, relationships or others.

Mrs Diamond

School Medical and Wellbeing Officer

I look after students who are not well or who have had an accident in school. I also offer well- being sessions to students with an aim to promote emotional and mental wellbeing in school. I meet with students on a weekly basis to identify issues which may be affecting them and offer a listening ear to those who need it. I can offer time and a safe space to talk about anything that is concerning you and signpost you to additional services should you require them.

Minnie

My name is Minnie and I am a 9 year old and Shih-tzu. I come into school two days a week and help people to feel more calm and relaxed. I love being stroked, making friends with everyone and making people smile.

What is Mental Health?  

We all have mental health, some people may call this ’emotional health’ or ‘wellbeing’ and it is just as important as good physical health. Having good mental health is important in our lives to help us flourish and live life to the full.

Good mental health includes: 

  • making the most of your potential 
  • being able to cope with life 
  • playing a full part in your family, workplace, friendships/relationships and the community.              

Everyone is different and this is what makes us ‘unique’. We have times when we are feeling down or stressed or worried and this is completely ‘normal’ to feel like this. Often these feelings pass just as quickly as they started, and we can bounce back quickly.  

Mental health does not always stay the same and it will change according to situations and different life stages.  

For some people overcoming these feelings may not be that easy, and they may last for a long time and affect functioning in daily life, for example stopping going out for fear of being in public.  

In these situations, it can often help to talk about your feelings and access some additional support. Sometimes it is difficult to know where to look for that support.  

The wellbeing team are available in school. If you need to speak to them, please speak to your Head of Year or Senior Progress Lead and a referral will be made. Alternatively, if you prefer a more informal chat, you can use the drop-in sessions with the school Chaplain, Mrs Holt.