We get that at times, you don’t always feel your best. Homework, friends and life outside of school can have a big effect on how you’re feeling, but we just want you to know that we are always here to help.
Each Year group has a Pastoral team and each pupil has a form tutor, these are all people you can go to to talk. There are also other people (see signs around the Academy) who you can go to.
In 2014, we introduced mindfulness to our staff, with some pupils also having taster sessions. We are continuing to look at how we can use mindfulness as a tool to promote wellbeing within the Academy.
If you are a parent or carer wishing to talk about your child, then please do contact your child’s Pastoral team.
We always encourage pupils to come to us with their problems, but we understand that sometimes you might not want to speak to us about things, which is why you can find lots of other places to find help below.
At Co-op Academy North Manchester we promote the benefits of having positive mental health. The academy is fortunate to have a number of staff trained in Mental Health First Aid as well as our own Mental Health Ambassadors, School Nurse and counsellors.
Promoting good mental health for all our pupils increases their emotional well-being and has a positive impact on pupil’s daily life in and out of school. Therefore if you child is suffering from anxiety or is finding it difficult to express themselves this may be a sign that they do need some support.
There are many practical tips that parents and carers can take to support their child which include listening to what your child is saying, taking time out to enjoy activities, playing sports or listening to music. The academy also has links with several Mental Health groups who visit school on a regular basis to talk about and inform pupils about Mental Health.
If you are concerned about your child then please do not hesitate to get in contact with the Academy and we will be able to offer you advice.
Useful Helplines and Websites
- Talk to Frank is a national drug education service, providing accurate and easy to understand information on drugs and alcohol
- BrookAdvice offer information on contraception, STIs, sex, relationships and pregnancy and sexual health
- National Self-Harm is the lead UK charity offering support, advice and advocacy services to people affected by self-harm
- Childline is a counselling service for children and young people. No problem is too big, or too small and they are available 24/7
- Beat is an eating disorders helpline, online support and a network of UK-wide self-help groups to help beat eating disorders
- Young Minds is the UK’s only national charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of all children and young people.
- The Mix provides free, confidential help for young people under 25
- 42nd Street is a voluntary sector organisation providing services to young people about usual and unusual problems
- Counselling Directory is a website where you can find all of the counselling services available in your area
- Anxiety UK work to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding
You can also talk to our School Nurse about anything including:
- Healthy eating and exercise
- Growing up
- Medical conditions
- Healthy lifestyle
- Local support groups
- Family distress
- Relationships and sex
- Or any other health matter that is worrying you.
You have the same right to privacy and confidentiality as any adult. Our School Nurse follows a professional code of practice, this means your conversations will not be shared with anyone else unless you are at risk of harm; and even then they will discuss it with you first. Speaking to our School Nurse is a safe space.
Our School Nurse is in the Academy every Wednesday, but you can also ring the school health team on 0161 241 2813