Mental Health & Wellbeing
The Mental Health Team at St James' Catholic High School consists of:
Ms V. Agolli - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs F. Faucher - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr D. O'Brien - Teacher of RE, Mental Health Lead for KS3 & EPQ Coordinator
Miss L. Gardener - Teacher of RE & Mental Health Lead for KS4 & KS5
This core team are supported by a number of staff who have qualified as Mental Health First Aiders. These staff volunteer their time to check in with individual students who may be struggling with their mental health for any number of reasons.
It is our vision, and that of the entire staff body, that all students leave St James' as young men and women who:
- Are aware of what mental health is and what it means
- Understand what factors contribute to both positive and negative mental health
- Have the necessary skills to support those around them in managing their mental health
- Are resilient in times of challenge so that they can persevere in living life to the full.
The Mental Health Team run various events throughout the year to raise awareness of the importance of positive mental health for young people as well as using these to educate our students on how best they can become resilient young people, able to live life to the full. A timetable and summary of these events is found below.