Mental Health and Wellbeing
Your wellbeing is extremely important to us and we will strive to support your wellbeing and your mental health as best we can.
Where appropriate, we can refer to the School Nurse or the Educational Mental Health Practitioners. Please see the attachment at the bottom of this page called Mental Health Support in School.
Please speak to any trusted adult you feel comfortable talking to if you feel you need a little more support. This could be your parents, your form tutor, your Head of Learning, Mrs Smajlaj, a member of the Safeguarding team, or any teacher you feel comfortable speaking to.
You may also wish to refer to the Online Help and Support section further down this page for a list of useful websites and resources, as well as the Online Safety page on our website. Don’t forget there is also a Wellbeing Channel on your year team page on Teams, which contains useful information and is regularly updated.
Which support would best suit me?
We appreciate that it can be quite daunting trying to decide which support may suit you the best. If, once you have read all of the information you are still not sure, please feel free to discuss with your Head of Learning or Mrs Smajlaj, the Medical Needs Coordinator.
Safeguarding and Wellbeing Reporting Tool
Click on the New safeguarding and Wellbeing reporting tool below to make a report about any aspect of your own safety or wellbeing, or about the safety or wellbeing of others. This could include, but is not limited to online safety, bullying, a wellbeing/mental health concern. Please note that any reports made here are NOT anonymous. This information may need to be shared with external agencies and there may be occasions that we may need to share concerns with parents. By completing this form, you are agreeing to those terms.
Please also note that these reports are not continuously monitored. If your situation is urgent and you feel at immediate risk, please contact the police or call Childline on 0800 11 11
Children and Young People
Are you worried about yourself or a friend? Do you find it difficult to ask questions or for support on issues around mental health, drugs or alcohol? Do you need support if someone you love or know has died?
Click links below for specific subject areas
Dealing with Bereavement and Loss
Substance Misuse Risks
Basic First Aid
Serious Youth Violence
Female Genital Mutilation
Low Mood and Depression
Honour-Based Abuse and Forced Marriage
Food Hygiene and Safety
Raising Awareness of Trafficking and Modern Slavery
The information below provides Herschel students with a range of ways of accessing help and support, both in school and out of school.
For much more detailed help and support regarding issues that arise online, see our separate Online Safety page.
Coronavirus and mental wellbeing
Online Help and Support
Information on the law and your rights.
Phone: 08444 775 774
Support and help with anxiety conditions and phobias including panic attacks, OCDs, body dysmorphic disorder, social phobia. Information, factsheets, tapes, self help guides. Extra services for members include therapy services at reduced rates, helpline, member contact list, discounts on products, chatroom.
Improving mental health and emotional well being
Information and support relating to bipolar
National user led organisation working to enable people with manic depression to take control of their lives. Telephone information on anything to do with the condition including medication. Network of self help groups for people with depression, their relatives and friends. Self management training programme. Employment advice.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.
Phone: 020 7827 8300
Working to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0800 1111
Free, national helpline for children and young people in trouble or danger
Advice from Childline on Relationships.
Information on finding a local counsellor.
Berkshire Healthcare - Children, Young People and Families Services
Phone: 0845 123 2320
Provides information and support to those who are affected by depression via publications, supporter services and a network of self-help groups.
Helps young people get ready for the first time visiting a doctor to discuss mental health. Digital tools aimed at ensuring young people get the most out of their appointment with the doctor.
Phone: 08000 562 561
A 24/7 telephone support line which gives teachers access to professional coaches and counsellors 365 days a year. The network also campaigns for change within schools and education policy in order to improve the wellbeing, mental and physical health of teachers.
Free resource for mental health and addiction issues created and run by the Tasha Foundation.
Head Meds gives young people in the UK general information about medication. Branch of Young Minds.
Healthier Together provides local advice and support on many of useful topics including how to stay healthy, tips for positive mental wellbeing as well as support for mental health related issues.
Please note that some of the contents may be suitable for older pupils.
Information, support and understanding to those who hear voices and those who support them.
A free, safe and anonymous online mental wellbeing community. (Click the Kooth Champions download below to find out how to sign up.)
A website for all men who suffer from depression or anxiety from all round the world.
www.mentalhealth.org.uk or www.mhf.org.uk
Phone: 020 7803 1101
Publications and leaflets relating to mental health issues. Website includes information for sufferers/family/friends, including how to get help, how to complain if not getting adequate help you are entitled to, information on medication etc.
Information on mental health, personality disorders etc.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)
Information service for users of mental health services, carers, professionals and the public. Information on types of mental distress, treatments, alternative therapies, mental health law, advocacy, where to get help, local Mind groups. Access to legal advice. Fact sheets and publications.
Phone: 0161 832 3736 (based in Manchester)
National Helpline and online support providing free and confidential information, advice and support to people with mood disorders, family, friends and health and social care professionals.
The first major charity funding much-needed scientific research to transform the lives of everyone affected by mental illness. A wealth of easy to access research and information.
Type ‘Moodzone’ in the search and it offers a range of information and useful videos for a range of mental health issues. Both good for adults and teenagers.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.
Phone: 03006365478 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm)
Support for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Includes information on treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
Phone: 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm & 7-10pm. Weekends 2-5pm)
Aiming to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.
A site full of positivity, inspiration and great advice for physical and mental health
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)
Specialist advice to anyone who needs support or information on any mental health issue. (Rethink is the operating name of National Schizophrenia Fellowship).
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Offering a mass of resources, including information sheets on a huge range of conditions and home of the Black Dog Tribe (Ruby Wax). The main objectives of SANE are:
- To raise awareness and combat stigma about mental illness, educating and campaigning to improve mental health services;
- To provide care and emotional support for people with mental health problems, their families and carers as well as information for other organisations and the public.
- To initiate research into the causes and treatments of serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and depression and the psychological and social impact of mental illness.
Phone: 01708 765200
Telephone helpline for children, young adults and adults. Provide emotional support on wide range of issues including support to anyone suffering from mental health. Also details of counsellors and agencies throughout the UK
Information about eating disorders, depression and anxiety, self-harm and addiction
Self-help strategies. Resources to download on issues such as school mental health policy development.
Phone: 0808 808 4994
A free and confidential multi-channel service. That means that you choose how you access our support, without the worry of anyone else finding out, whether it be through articles and video content online or phone, email, peer to peer and counselling services.
0300 012 0012
Thinkaction is a team of friendly, professional mental health practitioners and counsellors offering a wide range of effective treatments and talking therapies that will support you to understand and manage your mental health problem, so you can start to live a full and positive life again. (Not local area but a good website).
Ending the stigma of mental health including tips, blogs, advice.
A safe community to support your mental health, 24/7 (formerly called www.bigwhitewall).
Turn2Me provides a 3-tiered approach to supporting mental well-being - Self Help, support groups and Professional Support.
U V W
Phone: 020 7336 8445
Parents’ Helpline: 08088025544
Offering a range of support materials and resources for young people as well as training for individuals and groups both in-house and on offer to organisations.
Phone: 01753 842444 (Number 22 counselling, based in Windsor)
Lead on mental health for The Young People’s Health Partnership and has a very active role in the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.
You can also access online counselling from Kooth.com, which is currently being funded for young people in Slough by Slough Borough Council.
Other Help and Support
Childline is probably your first port of call if you need some independent help and support with any aspect of your life:
Get Connected is also a great starting point that aims to find you the help you need from a range of different agencies, and you can contact by phone, SMS or email. The site also has a way of hiding your visit so that nobody else needs to know you viewed if you are using a shared computer or device.
For local help with sexual health issues:
For help following a bereavement:
The other websites linked below provide help with more specific needs eg drugs concerns, depression, help for those of you who care for family members etc. Their logos or names speak for themselves! Click on each logo to be taken directly to the website concerned.