Mental Health Provision at Prince William School
We are proud to have been awarded a LightBulb certificate of mental health excellence from St Andrews Healthcare in recognition of our commitment to wellbeing.
As a school, we have adopted the World Health Organisation’s definition of what good mental health means:
‘A state of well-being in which everyone realises their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.’
Our aim is to support the mental health of all our community and to empower young people with the skills to maintain good mental health.
The school’s drive this year focuses on four key areas –
- The ethos and environment of the school and encouraging a sense of belonging and security
- Student voice and parent/carer partnership
- Staff training and curriculum development
- Effective and targeted support
To these ends, the school is implementing a range of strategies and we are working towards the St Andrew’s Lightbulb Award.
What we do
Our excellent provision in the Hub supports students in crisis and implements interventions to help young people to improve their mental health. Staff in the hub have been trained as mental health first aiders.
Currently, we have over 50 students who have been trained to provide mental health support to their peers and we have an active team of young people who offer a drop-in support service to other students.
All staff have been trained in how to spot emerging mental health concerns and how to assess the correct need for a student. Staff have also received advice on how to maintain good mental health.
We have offered parents a range of online resources about mental health, with a focus on supporting teenagers with their emotional challenges. This year, we aim to provide an in-school session offering advice and guidance.
Frequently, we give time in assemblies and tutor to examine and discuss how to achieve good mental health and how to ask for help when you need it.
Thank you for taking a look at what we are doing to support young people in developing resilience but also in knowing when to ask for help.