Mental Health and Wellbeing

Cathy Daniels, Student Support Manager, leads a team delivering a full programme of support for our young people around mental health and wellbeing. The types of work include working with young people to talk through any issues, providing a safe place for students and ensuring external agencies are contacted for specialist support.  Our work also extends into primary schools. Projects are currently underway with local primary schools to support children and their families’ well-being recognising the importance of early intervention and support required for transition to secondary school.

Our school also has a number of Wellbeing Champions across the year groups who are able to support their peers.  The Wellbeing Champions have a vital role in raising awareness and eliminating stigma attached to ill mental health.

Most recently this work culminated in the second successful annual Health and Well Being day on 7th July 2017 which was opened by our ambassador Charles Walker MP.  A fantastic day for all students where a diverse range of outside speakers delivered sessions which directly addressed the stigmas attached to mental health. This included drugs awareness, the Samaritans, the impact of anti-social behaviour and a personal trainer who led some interactive workshops.

Students can now explain accurately and confidently how to keep themselves healthy. They make informed choices about healthy eating, fitness and their emotional and mental well-being. They have an age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships are confident in staying safe from abuse and exploitation. 

If you have any concerns or would like to talk, please speak to any of the team:

Student Support Manger 

Cathy Daniels 

Directors of Learning:

Giovanna Emile- Years 7 and 8

Jim Clune- Years 9 and 10 

 

Useful links

www.time-to-change.org.uk 

www.healthforteens.co.uk  

www.samaritans.org 

Mental Health Information

As you know mental health is discussed all of the time and support for our young people is vital.  Please find below a link from the Anna Freud Charity that can give you some insight into how to support your child with their mental health.

https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/schools-in-mind/talking-mental-health-with-secondary-pupils/talking-mental-health-with-young-people-at-secondary-school-parents-and-carers/

If you have any concerns or wish to discuss mental health issues with the school, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Mental Health Lead for Generations Multi Academy Trust:  Liz Allum

Contact for Goffs School:  Phil Ellard pel@goffs.herts.sch.uk or Sue Pressney spr@goffs.herts.sch.uk

Contact for Goffs-Churchgate: Liz Allum l.allum@goffschurchgate.herts.sch.uk or your son/daughter's Director of Learning.