Mental Health and Wellbeing
Good mental health is the most important thing for all the people in The Rodillian Academy, both students and staff. While we do not control all the things that shape mental health beyond school, we will always consider the impact of the decisions we make on the wellbeing of staff and students. We all have mental health, like we all have physical health. Both change throughout our lives. And, like our bodies, our minds can become unwell. Mental health problems might actually be more common than we think. One in four of us will be affected by mental illness in any year.
In the curriculum we teach our students about their emotional health through our Resilience curriculum, understanding social and emotional learning, healthy habits and how to foster a growth mindset.
In ensuring excellent behaviour we have a consistent whole school approach with clear routines of behaviour, well communicated social norms and familiar routines bringing a sense of calm. The key emphasis in our approach to behaviour is to allow young people to self-regulate, so they develop the skills of capable adulthood.
In maintaining a significant, experienced and dedicated team of pastoral support workers, we can put in place measures to support young people and their families who may be experiencing difficulties. This team of staff have a range of expertise covering areas including bereavement, anxiety, behaviour support, exam pressures and many more. Our Pastoral Team work closely alongside classroom staff and parents to ensure our students are offered the right level of support, at the right time.
If you have any concerns about the mental health of a young person at The Rodillian Academy, then please contact his or her Head of Year. In addition, there some videos and links below to resources that may help provide you with some key reminders, strategies or additional support.
Click here on the links for a very useful resources/tools around mental health and well-being:
Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. Click here
The Market Place
Free services, confidential and available for 11-25 year olds in Leeds. A range of services including one to one support, counselling, group-work and drop-in service 7 days a week. Click here
Free 24 hour confidential helpline for children with ANY problems - Freephone 0800 1111
Click here for website
The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover. Free 24 hour helpline - 0808 810800
Click here for website
Willows Young Carers
Supporting Young Carers Aged 5-18 - click here
Essential Support for Under 25s - click here
Website created by Women’s Aid for children and young people to understand Domestic Violence and abuse and how to take action if it is happening to them or they are witnessing it. Click here
National Association for the Children of Alcoholics
Provides advice and guidance for everyone affected by parents/carers drinking. Click here
Other useful websites:
- Supporting your teenager with lockdown and the return to school
This is a video for parents, carers, or those working with adolescents, offering guidance around how to support teenagers during lockdown and help them cope with Covid-19. We also look at how to support them with the transition back into school.
- Parenting teens in times of uncertainty
This video is for parents and caregivers of teenagers recorded from a live workshop. It will look at the following the topics: Supporting your teenager with sleep, how to enable teens to hear what we're saying; recognising anxiety and low mood in teens; how to respond to heightened teen emotions.
- Supporting your teenager with anxiety
This video is aimed at the parents or caregivers of teenagers and provides some ideas as to how you can support them if they are experiencing worry or anxiety.