Mental Health issues affect many of us. For those with cognitive disabilities, they are 6 times more likely to develop mental health issues than neurotypical learners.

Below you can find plenty of links and documents that explain the benefits of practising wellbeing and looking after your mental health.

School Links

For more information on your child's wellbeing, use the PDF below:

You can also find out about the link between physical exercise and wellbeing on our PE & Fitness page.

Click here for Young Minds - supporting young people's mental health and wellbeing

Parents/carers should also be aware of this free online counselling service recommended by Healthy Young Minds in Herts for 10-25 year olds. Kooth.com can be accessed by clicking here.

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Pupil Mental Health

2018: There has been a sharp rise in mentally ill children aged under 11
"20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year.
These numbers increase with 'special needs' due to social exclusion / avoidance.
50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age."
BBC News

Wellbeing is integral to our philosophy here at St Luke's. Mental health can have a profound effect on everyone, including our students. Giving them space to calm and interact with sensory equipment is crucial to their academic and social development.

The role of schools is to:
  • Promote good mental health and emotional wellbeing amongst pupils of all ages.
  • Play a key part in identifying emerging mental health needs of pupils.
  • Refer those pupils on to health professionals for appropriate specialist support and treatment.
  • Support and manage pupils with mental health needs in the school environment and in their learning.

  • There is no role for education staff in:
  • The diagnosis of mental health problems
  • The delivery of treatment or therapeutic support.

  • There can be no expectation on any school to provide health or social care services funded from the school budget.

    Staff Mental Health

    In a 2017 Education Support Partnership survey of school staff undertaken by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, they found 75% UK education professionals experience behavioural, physical or psychological symptoms as a result of mental health issues relating to work. 32% of teachers felt stressed most or all of the time, increasing to 38% of senior school leaders. In comparison, this compares to 18% of the working population.

    St Luke's School is seeking to reduce teacher workload and support staff wellbeing, though this is extremely challenging when finances are insufficient. We are supporting teachers with additional time with TAs after the pupils have left school and are seeking ways to reduce administration tasks.

    A significant challenge to our school however, is the reduction of services around the child, which fall onto the school and its staff to support in the absence of these.

    All ideas for supporting the mental health of our extremely valuable teaching and support staff are welcomed - please contact us through this site or directly on site.