Mental health is very much like physical health; we all have it and need to take care of it. Good mental health enables us to think, cope and act in ways that enable us to live our lives as we choose. A period of poor mental health can seriously affect this ability and adversely and seriously affect our lives.
Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community (World Health Organisation).
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week. (Mind.org.uk).
At Bungay High School we pride ourselves in our ongoing commitment to both fostering a whole school culture and ethos of good mental health, alongside recognising and providing support in many different ways to individuals who are experiencing difficulties.
Our Mental Health Policy – link to policy outlines our whole school approach to promoting and supporting good mental health.
Whilst all staff have a responsibility to promote the mental health of students, staff with specific remits include:
Mark Considine – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Amanda Pochodnia – Safeguarding Manager
Clint Gillett – CPD Co-ordinator
Michelle Carnwell - Mental Health Lead
We pride ourselves on working closely with:
Parents / Carers
Staff here at Bungay High School and other schools
Family Support Practitioners
Outside support organisations and many others
Mental Health Awareness week will be held each year during the month of May.
For more details please click on the link below:
If you would like to know more about outside organisations offering support please follow the links below.
For free, safe and anonymous online chat where you can find someone to talk to when you need it.
To speak to a school nurse for support and advice - send a text to ChatHealth (07507 333356) or ask in school to find out more.
Committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544
Young Person in Crisis (YoungMinds Crisis Messenger - free 24/7 support).
Text YM to 85258
The Source Website
Information and sources of support for young people in Suffolk about emotional health and wellbeing issues.
For general support and advice – contact ChildLine on 0800 1111, Visit: www.childline.org.uk
Point 1 provides emotional wellbeing support to children and young people in Waveney and Norfolk 0800 977 4077
For help with suicidal feelings –
use the Papyrus Hopeline on
0800 068 41 41
The Suffolk Wellbeing Service
For support around mental health and wellbeing – contact the Suffolk and Norfolk wellbeing Service Visit: www.wellbeingnands.co.uk
For help with eating disorders - call the Beat youthline on 0808 801 0711
Please remember however you are feeling you are not alone and there is always someone who will listen and help you.