20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year.
50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
Approximately 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents.
(Mental Health Foundation, 2019)
Highfields School is committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of all of its students. Highfields School has a dedicated Family Support Team to address, and support, the needs of our most vulnerable students and families, in conjunction with the school’s Pastoral Care Team. The Family Support Team does not replace Social Care or clinical mental health support.
There are many agencies and organisations who we can turn to when we are struggling. It is also important that we look to ourselves and our own lifestyles to see if we can make any changes which would improve our mental health. Our sleep patterns, food and drink consumption, and exercise can all have an impact on our mental health.
To encourage and support our school community in developing and maintaining positive emotional health, we have compiled a directory of organisations and advice on self-help. We hope that this will help our students, parents, carers and staff in taking a proactive approach to taking good care of their wellbeing. The range of links and resources outlined on this page are by no means exhaustive.
If you feel that a child or young person is at risk of harm then please call Starting Point on 01629533190.
If you feel that you, or a child, are in immediate danger then please call Emergency Services on 999
If you would like to contact the police local to where you live to report a non-emergency then please call 101.
If you have an urgent medical need and you are not sure what to do then please call 111 for advice.