Mental Health

At St John’s we aim to promote positive mental health and we are working hard to respond to the needs of our students and develop a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.

As you may be aware, mental ill health amongst young people is a significant and rising problem. We are striving to meet these challenges and have a number of strategies and procedures to support our young people. We have a new policy available within the website; please do take the time to read. If you would like to speak to the Designated Lead for Mental Health please contact Mrs Jackie Rowberry 01672 516 156 Ext 835.

Please see below for useful links to on line support for students and parents.



YoungMinds – Fighting for young people’s mental health

“We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.”

Telephone: 0808-802-5544  (Parents Helpline)
Website:     https://youngminds.org.uk/


Boys in Mind strongly believe that by understanding and addressing the particular barriers boys and young men face and challenging unhelpful notions of what it means to be a man we can begin to improve male mental health and ultimately reduce male suicide rates. They aim to reduce the stigma and isolation which often exists for boys and young men.

Website: https://boysinmind.co.uk/


ChildLine is a confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen; children can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything – no problem is too big or too small – call free, have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email.  Parents/carers can get information and support in relation to issues such as suicidal thoughts and self-harm through their partner organisation NSPCC.

Telephone:  0800 1111 (children)  0808 800 5000 (for parents & professionals, open 24/7)
Website home page: https://www.childline.org.uk/
Website contact pagehttps://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/contacting-childline/


The Mix is a UK based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile. You can find information relating to mental health on their “Mental Health” page. There are discussion boards and links for Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, plus a chat service “1-2-1 Chat“, a Crisis Messenger text line, and a telephone hotline 0808 808 4994.

Telephone:  0808 808 4994
Website: https://www.themix.org.uk/


PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. They provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person, through our helpline, HOPELINEUK.

Telephone: 0800 068 4141
Website: https://papyrus-uk.org/


FRANK provides honest information about drugs and drug use.

Telephone: 0300 123 6600 available 24-7
Text: 82111 – Text a question and FRANK will text you back.
Website: http://www.talktofrank.com/


Headspace is a free guided meditation app and website to help you live a healthier, happier and more well-rested life. Learn to meditate and live mindfully, reducing stress, maintaining focus and boosting compassion. You can sign up for free or subscribe to access additional resources.

Website: https://www.headspace.com/
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Calm Harm is an app to help you manage urges to self-harm.

Website:  https://calmharm.co.uk/
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Kooth provides free, confidential, online support and counselling for young people through on-line chats.

Website: https://www.kooth.com/


On your Mind  signposts children and young people in Wiltshire to sources of support for good mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Websitehttps://www.onyourmind.org.uk/


The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) website provides information about services in Wiltshire and other areas.

Websitehttps://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/camhs/


The Alcohol Education Trust is a small focused charity which works across the UK to keep children safe around alcohol. We are a leading early intervention charity that supports young people in making more informed life choices through the 2,100 schools and youth organisations we support with our award-winning resources.

Website: https://alcoholeducationtrust.org/


The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust enables people to understand and talk openly about depression, stay mentally well and access appropriate treatment.

Websitehttps://www.cwmt.org.uk/


Every Mind Matters is a Public Health England NHS website full of practical tips and support for mental health wellbeing. EMM will help you manage and maintain your mental health, as good mental health makes such a difference. It helps us to relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.

Websitehttps://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/