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Mental health and wellbeing

Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
(World Health Organisation)

At Ryedale School we value the wellbeing of all staff and students within our community and aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and student body. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable students. In addition to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health and work collaboratively with medical professionals to ensure the best outcomes are achieved.

If you have any concerns around your child’s mental health or well-being contact one of our Pastoral Managers Mrs Humpleby and Miss Wentworth.

Years 7-9: Mrs J Humpleby
[email protected]
01439 771665 (Option 2)

Years 10-11: Miss R Wentworth

[email protected]
01439 771665 (Option 3)

Further guidance about our procedures in supporting young people with mental health difficulties can be found here (Wellbeing guidance).

Sources of help and guidance for parents/carers and young people

Local Help

Your GP
They will be able to provide help and advice. Your GP can also provide access to appropriate specialist services and local organisations.

Healthy Child team
The 5-19 Healthy Child Service works in community settings to deliver universal and targeted interventions designed to support the emotional and physical health and wellbeing of families, children and young people across North Yorkshire. Schools can refer into this service and parents/carers and young people can phone for advice/guidance (01609 780780).

CAMHS Crisis Team
If a young person is experiencing an acute episode of mental health the CAMHS Crisis team can offer help and support.
Ryedale Area: 01723 346502
Hambleton Area: 0300 0132000

Compass Buzz wellbeing service

This is a NYCC service which aims to support young people aged 11-18. They have a wellbeing worker text service which can be accessed on 07520 631168.

National Help

Young Minds
Young Minds has a parent helpline that offers free confidential telephone and email support to any adult worried about the wellbeing of a child or young person. It also has overviews of different mental health difficulties.
0808 802 5544

Childline
Free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday.
0800 1111

Mind – Infoline
Offers advice and support and also has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help.
0300 123 3393, text number: 86463

Supportline
Confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.
01708 765200

Beat
Provides helplines, self-help groups and online support to anyone affected by eating disorders.
Helpline: 0808 801 0677,
Youthline: 0808 801 0711,
Studentline: 0808 801 0811

The Samaritans
The Samaritans provide a confidential service for people in despair and who feel suicidal.
116 123

NSPCC
Provides helplines and information on child abuse, child protection and safeguarding children.
0808 800 5000

Calm harm App
Calm harm app which can be used to support students when they have the urge to self-harm.

Stop Breathe Think
Meditation App designed to support mindfulness and calming strategies.

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