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We are delighted to have been awarded Gold Status in the School Mental Health Awards from the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools. It is an amazing achievement and recognises the exceptional work that is being done throughout the academy to support the mental health and wellbeing of our staff and students.

Mental Wellbeing

Here at Outwood Grange Academies Trust, we put students first to raise standards and transform lives. Creating a supportive environment where our students feel happy and able to flourish underpins everything we do.

We have created a new website which provides a comprehensive range of services for our students and parents to access to support them and their mental wellbeing. To visit, please click on the link below:

Outwood Grange Academies Trust Mental Wellbeing Strategy

PHE have a new campaign to support Mental Health in Children

Resources in your community

Mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak Click here

Below are resources available in your community…

Resources for children and young people in Wakefield Click here
Turning Point – A self referral tool for those aged 16+ Click here
Youngminds Click here
Calm Zone/Childline Click here
Papyrus Click here
Kooth Click here

Looking after yourself during the second lockdown.

Please click the tab below.

Advice for parents and carers – Looking after children’s mental health – October 2020

Advice for parents and carers – Tools to support you and your families wellbeing. January 2021

Advice for parents and carers about separation anxiety. Please see tab below.

Mindfulness and relaxation ideas. Please see the tab below.

Activities to do at home

As part of West Yorkshire’s Safeguarding Week here are some reminders of the importance of internet safety and how parents and carers can help children to show more digital resilience. June 2020.

Turning Point’s April workshops are now live for anyone 16 or above and registered with a Wakefield GP. We all know that mental health doesn’t have an age limit and it’s vital that everyone over 16 knows about their free 1-1 and group therapy and workshops so please pass the information on.

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Stress Awareness Month – April 2021

We can all feel stressed from time to time and this just means things in our life are starting to build up and get on top of us. Stress is not a diagnosis, but over time it can lead to problems like anxiety and depression, so it is important to recognise and learn to manage the signs of stress as early as possible. Stress impacts us all differently, most importantly it is key to get help as soon as you recognise your early warning signs, even if you aren’t sure, we can help you figure out what is going on and can offer a range of interventions. We offer many treatment types for stress, for example you may be suitable for our Positive Steps Stress Management Course (see tab below) which is a 6 week course to help you learn to recognise and manage the symptoms of stress. Alternatively, if suitable, you can help yourself at home by trying our online therapy package (see tab below).

Refer yourself for an assessment online or via telephone – we can discuss our full range of options. We are ready when you are.

What’s happening at Turning Point Talking Therapies?

Our April workshops are now live for anyone 16 or above and registered with a Wakefield GP. You can sign up for all workshops on our website (see tab below)

Mental health support for older adults in Wakefield

We all know that mental health doesn’t have an age limit and it’s vital that everyone over 16 knows about our free 1-1 and group therapy and workshops. If you are in contact with older people or you’re worried about a parent, grandparent, elderly neighbour or friend in Wakefield, please let them know about our service. We have leaflets available with more information for people who may not have access to social media or the internet and we are doing lots of outreach work to spread the word about our services to the older generation in Wakefield.

Wakefield Talking Therapies Turning Point

Tel: 01924 312560

Mental Health Wellbeing Tips from Kooth

Tips to deal with stress, worry and anxiety November 2020

Tips for exam stress October 2020

Mental wellbeing describes your mental state – how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life.
Our Mental Wellbeing is dynamic as it can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year.
We all have times when we have low Mental Wellbeing, where we feel stressed, upset or find it difficult to cope.

There are some common life events that may affect your Mental Wellbeing:
Loss or bereavement.
Loneliness.
Relationship problems.
Issues at school.
Worries about money.

Everyone deserves to feel good and there are steps you can take to maintain and improve your Mental Wellbeing:
Build positive relationships.
Take time for yourself.
Look after your mental health.
Look after your physical health.

What can you do in school to gain Mental Wellbeing?
Be open and talk about your feelings with your friends.
Associate yourself with positive people.
Join an enrichment club.
Speak to a member of staff.
Talk to your Learning Manager.
Tell the Inclusion Team.
Get involved with the Peer Mentors.
Get physically active (a Health body and mind are closely linked).

If you are struggling with your mental health, feeling down or low, could you please see a member of the Inclusion team:

Inclusion Leader
Miss Mamwell

Bridge Manager
Mrs Goldsworthy

Mental Health Ambassadors
Mrs Haworth
Miss Hodgson

Associate Vice Principal
Miss Langley

Learning manager’s office
Lead Learning Manager – Mrs Button
Y7 Mrs Chambers
Y8 Mr Pickering
Y9 Mrs Holroyd
Y10 Mr Radford
Y11 Miss Dickinson

Mental Health Champions
To continue to raise awareness of Mental Wellbeing in the Academy we have appointed Mental Health Champions. These are students from across all year groups who will work alongside our staff to raise awareness of how we can all look after our mental wellbeing.