For years in the UK, mental health has been an area of health care that has been undervalued and overlooked, viewed as very anti-British (stiff upper lip) and a sign of the weakness in the person that is suffering. Fortunately, times are changing and recognised condition such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in returning soldiers has helped to change the mindset in the country. As a school we understand the pressure that young people all experience, from exam pressures placed upon them by the school system, to the pressure to conform via social media and peer groups. All of these can impact upon their mental well-being and we are very proud to be one of the leading practitioners in Wigan schools at dealing with mental health, and support them and their peers to make it through the school day. We absolutely understand and want them to be assured that we are always available to speak to,

either by referral from parents/guardians, the school pastoral team, or just by the pupil themselves, if they feel that they need help.

There are many ways that we can help, but some of the interventions we have are: -

  • Time out card – giving the opportunity to leave class, without explanation to the teacher, to go to a quiet, safe space, where they can gather their thoughts and calm their feelings before returning to class in a better state of mind.
  • PSTEC – An outsourced specialist service that we are very lucky to have, Peter Owen will talk to them about their concerns and problems and provide them with strategies to support in dealing with them. The main element of the process is about de-programming the brain's connection to the emotion, and allowing them to address what the concerns are.
  • Crucial Skills - a group intervention that works on interaction between pupils and their peers, their teachers and parents/guardians to help in improving the quality of their interactions, and therefore removing the negative feelings that can often be associated with them.