Wellbeing@Westfield - Mental Health & Wellbeing
At Westfield Academy we are committed to a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing for all students, staff & parents/carers. We know that wellbeing is fundamental to learning & achievement and we want to ensure that it is at the heart of education and the school community.
We have initiated 'Wellbeing Wednesdays' whereby wellbeing is the focus of Wider Curriculum time every other half term. We have a popular 'Wellbeing Lunch Club' where students & staff get to try out different wellbeing activities including yoga, breathing exercises, mindfulness, etc. Each tutor group has a trained Student Wellbeing Champion and we also have a dedicated Instagram page @wellbeingatwestfield.
We have been working with the Somerset Wellbeing Framework to embed a whole school approach around the pillars of wellbeing - 'Belonging', 'Relationships' and 'Healthy Lifestyles'. We are very proud to say that we were awarded the Pillar of Belonging in 2022 and the Pillars of 'Developing Positive Relationships' & 'Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle' in 2023.
Emotional health and wellbeing is an important part of our overall health. People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and are more able to cope with life’s challenges.
There is lots of pastoral support available in school from:
- Heads of Year / Deputy Heads of Year
- Parent & Family Support Advisor (PFSA)
- Student Support Base
- School Counsellor
- Youth Support Workers
- Education Mental Health Support Team (MHST) Practitioners
- Sexual Health Clinic
- School Nurse (by appointment)
- Designated Safeguarding Leads - Mrs Coles & Ms Broom
Mental & Emotional Health Advice & Support:Anxiety and Panic - tips for dealing with feelings of anxiety and panic.
Somerset Big Tent - Empowering young people to access the right wellbeing support at the right time.
LGBTQ+ Advice & Support:
Cruse Bereavement Care 01458 898 211 email@example.com
Winston’s Wish 08088 020 021 firstname.lastname@example.org
Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Services 0300 330 5463- mindtws.org.uk
Food & Eating Issues:
SWEDA Somerset & Wessex Eating Disorders Association