At Upper Wharfedale School we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our student body and staff. In addition and linked to the whole school aims of creating active, responsible citizens who are prepared for their future, we aim to support students to be able to manage change.
We pursue these aims using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable students.
The importance of social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) is recognised within the School Development Plan with the aim of creating a successful SEMH strategy to ensure that students receive the mental health support they need quickly and efficiently.
The school intends to test its developing provision and current systems for SEMH through the application for The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools. It is a whole school award, which focusses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff and students. The award has focus on changing the long-term culture of a school, and embedding an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
- With this award we will demonstrate that we are committed to:
- Promoting mental health as part of school life
- Improving the emotional wellbeing of our staff and students
- Ensuring mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support provided
- Offering provision and interventions that matches the needs of our students and staff
- Engaging the whole-school community in importance of mental health awareness
- Capturing the views of parents, carers, students and staff on mental health issues
In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health. In an average classroom three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health policies and procedures, we can promote a safe and stable environment for students affected both directly and indirectly by mental ill health.
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Mental Health Team
Our Mental Health Team is lead by Mrs H Mukherjee.
Our SEMH Governors is Mrs D Chambers.
Mrs H Mukherjee
Assistant Headteacher - SENCO
Subjects: Science - PSHCE -Geography
I started working at Upper Wharfedale in September 1998 and I am very proud that this is my place of work. The school knows and values every individual, creating a safe and secure environment which ensures strong progress for all.
Mrs J Laidler-Smith
Since joining UWS in 2013 my main aim has always been to make a difference by promoting an inclusive environment for all of our students. Our work in the Learning Support Department is pivotal in enabling students to be the best individuals they can be now and for their future pathway.
Miss L Mason
Student Support Coordinator - Teacher
Subjects: Physical Education
I am so excited and grateful to have secured my first teaching post at UWS and aim to inspire students to become lifelong participants in Physical Activity and Sport. As a keen Rugby player and supporter, I hope to instil the core values I take from the sport within my teaching and highlight the positive impact of sport and education to pupils.
Miss J Plummer
Student Support Officer
I started working at Upper Wharfedale School in February 2020. I was delighted to move into the role of Student Support Officer and Cover Supervisor in December 2020. I am proud to work at Upper Wharfedale School and with a fantastic Student Support Team.
Further Information and Sources of Support
Prevalence of Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Issues
- 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder- that is around three children in every class.
- Between 1 in every 12 and 1 in 15 children and young people deliberately self-harm.
- There has been a big increase in the number of young people being admitted to hospital because of self-harm. Over the last ten years this figure has increased by 68%.
- More than half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood. Less than half were treated appropriately at the time.
- Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression.
- The number of young people aged 15-16 with depression nearly doubled between the 1980s and the 2000s.
- Over 8,000 children aged under 10 years old suffer from severe depression.
- 3% or about 290,000 children and young people have an anxiety disorder.
- 72% of children in care have behavioural or emotional problems – these are some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
- Below, we have sign-posted information and guidance about the issues most commonly seen in school-aged children. The links will take you through to the most relevant page of the listed website. Some pages are aimed primarily at parents, carers and guardians but they are listed here because we think they are useful for school staff too.
- Support on all these issues can be accessed via Young Minds , Mind and for e-learning opportunities Minded.
- Additional Sites
Compass REACH the specialist young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health, drug and alcohol treatment provider for North Yorkshire and works with children and young people aged 9 – 19 (and up to 25 for those with special educational needs or disabilities).
I just wanted to recommend a free website called Kooth. It is a space where you can talk to counsellors, read magazines for young people by young people, there are a few activities to do, you can ask young people for help to and it is anonymous too. The people who run it always check it too, to make sure no one is being mean. You do not need to put any personal information and are not allowed to either. As I have said before it is free and easy to sign up.
It is for 11 to 18 year old's and I have just started to use it. I have already spoken to someone on there and I already love it. The person who I spoke to was nice and helpful, although there often is a queue for the one to one chat - it is great! (I had to wait for about one hour although it is sometimes longer). All the counsellors are trained professionally and it is all free!
This video shows how the service works.
This leaflet has guidance for the person who has or may have an eating disorder, anyone supporting them, and their GP. It’s based on the guideline on eating disorders from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which the GP should use when making decisions about patients’ healthcare.
This booklet aims to help you understand more about self-harm and what to do if you are worried about yourself or someone else. It explains what self-harm is, what to do if you or someone you know is self-harming, and how to get help.