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The school is committed to helping pupils achieve their full potential academically, spiritually and socially. This is not possible without good physical and mental well-being.

8 Ideas for Developing Mental Health in your Pupils

Student Wellbeing Provision 2023-2024

Please note this document is a working document and may therefore be subject to change.



Take a look at the Kooth website for lots of FREE advice and resources around managing stress related to exams. Click on the logo below to visit the website.



The current global pandemic  caused significant changes to how we all live our lives on a daily basis.  Positive student wellbeing is a priority for all members of our school community so this academic year 2021-2022 we are publishing Student and Staff Wellbeing Newsletters- one every assessment cycle.

We hope that our students and staff will find these newsletters informative with signposting to excellent  resources.

Additionally, we would like to share this video with staff members (click here) as this offers some thoughts about continuing to support themselves and their students in this new world.


Current Academic Year

Issue 1 - 2023-24 Issue 2 - 2023-2024

Previous Academic Years:
Issue 1 - 2022-23
Issue 3 - 2022-23
Issue 3 - 2021-22Issue 4 - 2021-22

Wellbeing Team
Our Wellbeing Team will be working to raise awareness across the school through events and assemblies. If you would like to be involved, email Miss Penfold, k.penfold@st-anselms.org.uk or s.wynne@st-anselms.org.uk

As part of our Wellbeing offer at St Anselm's School we are extremely fortunate to be supported by the NHS NELFT Team. Two members of this team Clare Ahari and Michelle Kent , are working with us this academic year 21/22 delivering workshops, intervention and one to one support.

Creating a Mentoring Program That Works - A Peer-Reviewed Academic Articles  | GBR
Peer Mentoring Scheme
We have appointed and trained a number of our Sixth Form students to act as peer mentors for some of our younger students. If you feel that this is something that would benefit you, please see your House Office.

60 Mentor Quotes Celebrating Guidance & Inspiration

Please find some advice from Mind UK about supporting someone else to seek help here.


We're also committed to supporting our parents and guardians, whether this relates to their own wellbeing or that of their child or ward.

Check back soon for information about our information evenings!

Useful Resources:

Click on the logos to access the websites.


If you need urgent or emergency mental health help and support please call


0800 0113474 or call NHS 111


Kent School Health: 

Kent School health supports Children and Young People with overall physical and emotional health. They provide counselling support services alongside text and chat-based support options. The different services available can be found on the above website address. Referrals for counselling support can be made by completing a referral form through the link below. There is also support for those aged 14-65 years old who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis, and who have been experiencing symptoms for less than three years.

The NHS England standard requires that for people experiencing their first episode of psychosis start a NICE recommended package of care within two weeks of referral.

We offer advice, carry out assessments and can offer support for up to three years. We can advise you about how mental ill health can be identified early and how our service can help.

Assessments and interventions are provided by care coordinators who may be mental health nurses, occupational therapists, or social workers. Our psychology team also provide interventions.

Support time and recovery workers are a vital part of the team, and they assist people with ordinary practical activities to help their recovery.

You can access this support via:

Telephone: 0800 0113 474

Email: nem-tr.kentchildrenandyoungpeoplehealthservices@nhs.net

Referral: www.kentcht.nhs.uk/forms/school-health-service-referral-form/

You can access support for Psychosis via:

Telephone: 01227 812390


Kooth is available for 10 - 25-year-olds across the UK. They offer digital counselling services, an online magazine, online discussion forums, a daily journal, and mini activities to help improve your emotional wellbeing. The online counselling service is available weekdays between 12pm – 10pm and weekend between 6pm and 10pm.

The Mix: www.themix.org.uk/

This charity offers counselling support for any young people under the age of 25. They have a webchat option for young people aged between 10-18, alongside a telephone option. Their counsellors aim to support you by listening to your problems and helping you find ways to cope in a confidential, safe space.

You can access this support via:

Telephone: 0808 808 4994

We Are With You for 17+ - counselling service for adults across Kent

You can self-refer, support is free. As well as our Canterbury office, we are based in GP surgeries and other community settings across the Canterbury coastal area such as Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable. Support is available for Drugs and Alcohol difficulties, those self harming or at risk of self harming as well as other mental health issues.

You can access support via:

  • Telephone: 01795 500881
  • Book an appointment online
  • Online chat option available

Rubicon Cares: 

Rubicon Cares is a charity that provides free trauma counselling throughout Kent & Medway for people of any age affected by any crime. The crime incident can be historical, current, reported, or unreported to the police…it is the impact on you which is important to us. We also have a specialist helpline service which is available 4 times a week to support on a short-term basis those who cannot get to us or would like further information about the counselling.

You can access support via:

Telephone: 01622 230736
Mobile: 07761 050 975

Email: contact@rubiconcares.org

Helpline number: 07505709876

The hours for the helpline are Monday, Thursday, Saturdays 12–3pm, and Wednesdays 7–10pm.


Provide a range of counselling services, including Children and Young People’s counselling support. Also provide friendly and informal workshops for people at important stages in their relationships. Access support via contacting your local centre.

You can access support via:

Canterbury Telephone: 01227 766 094

Canterbury Email: appointments.kent@relate.org.uk

 Kent Young Carers

KYC works with schools, communities, and statutory and voluntary agencies to identify hidden young carers. Following assessment, KYC offer a range of short-term interventions including signposting, one-to-one support, in school support and workshops. KYC also offer training and information to professionals. 

Referral form on website.

You can access support via:

Telephone: 0300 111 1110     

Email: youngcarers@imago.community

 Rising Sun Domestic Violence and Abuse Charity: 

We provide programmes for young people affected by domestic abuse and believe in educating and offering our support to prevent the cycle of domestic violence perpetuating in their own families and relationships. Provide a range of support options:

  • - Boys Mentoring - 12-16 weeks of one-to-one mentoring for young men aged 11 to 24. 
  • - Liberty Mentoring and Domestic Abuse Support- We offer a range of services to young women aged 16-24 as part of Project Liberty.
  • - Children and adolescent counselling service delivered by a qualified counsellor, available for young people aged 5 -18. 
  • - Guiding Lights– 10 session group programme run in schools for groups of adolescent girls aged 11 to 16 who are susceptible to CSE and entering coercive relationships, focusing on healthy relationships and building self-esteem. 
  • - Open access youth groups run by Rising Sun mentors where young people aged 11 to 18 can take part in a range of activities. 
  • - Project Liberty– a 10 week psycho-educational group for young women aged 16 to 24. 
  • - Project Liberty Accommodation -Supported housing for homeless young women with experience of domestic abuse and who are pregnant or have a young baby. 
  • - A range of Summer activities running for children and young people aged 5 to 17, who have lived with domestic abuse, have been impacted by the pandemic and who live in either Folkestone and Hythe, Canterbury or Ashford districts.

You can access support via:

Telephone: 01227 452852

Online referral formwww.risingsunkent.com/referrals/

Email: referrals@risingsunkent.com

 The BeYou Project: 

The BeYou Project connects young people in Kent and Medway who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary or are questioning their sexual orientation and / or gender identity. We offer a safe, welcoming and non-judgemental space where young LGBTQ+ people can meet to socialise, have fun and help each other. Meet ups are offered online and in face-to-face groups.

You can access support via:

Email: beyou@porchlight.org.uk

 Alumina Self-Harm Support: 

Alumina is a free, online 7-week course for young people struggling with self-harm. Each course has up to 14 young people, all accessing the sessions from their own phones, tablets, or laptops across the UK. The courses take place on different evenings of the week and are run by friendly, trained counsellors and volunteer youth workers. You don’t need an adult to refer you or sign you up, and no-one will see or hear you during the sessions – you’ll just join in via the chatbox. We want to help you to find your next steps towards recovery, wherever you are on your journey.

You can access this support via:

Online sign-up: www.selfharm.co.uk

 Papyrus - Suicide Prevention Charity: 

Provide a confidential support and advice service for Children and Young People under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide

Papyrus also has lots of resources for Children, Young people, Adults and Professionals to help with their thoughts of suicide (distraction techniques) as well as having a range of safety plans.

Helpline: 0800 068 4141 (HOPELINE UK)


Cruse Bereavement Care is here to support you after the death of someone close. We offer a range of free confidential support for adults and children.

Cruse Bereavement Care is committed to being a diverse and inclusive charity that is accessible to all sections of society. 

You can access support via:

Free helpline: 0808 808 1677

Online chat: www.cruse.org.uk/get-support/crusechat/

Holding On Letting Go: 

Holding On Letting Go is a Kent-based charity that helps children to cope with the death of someone close to them. Many adults don’t know how to support children through the grieving process, so we give support and guidance to parents and carers too.

You can access support via:

Online referral form: www.holdingonlettinggo.org.uk/refer-a-child/refer-process/


Specialist bereavement service in Kent and Medway. CHUMS support children and young people from age 3 ½ up until their 26th birthday.

Specialist support is needed when a child or young person is experiencing complex grief or traumatic bereavement. This might mean that it is extra hard for them to manage the death and so it is having an enduring negative impact on everyday life. This might be because of the way the person died or because various other factors are disrupting their ability to grieve. Children and young people who need specialist support are likely to be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, low mood, overwhelming emotions, or post traumatic symptoms related to their bereavement.

This might include:

  • Prolonged periods of being low and withdrawn
  • Anxiety that prevents them from doing things they would normally do
  • High levels of frustration that impact on relationships and daily life
  • Struggling with thoughts or images about the death
  • Being unable to tolerate thinking or speaking about their bereavement.

This Specialist Bereavement Service is established from a wide range of experienced, trained professionals and volunteers. Support will be tailored to provide evidence-based interventions to children and young people through 1:1, group, and drop-in sessions.

You can access support via:

Online referral form: https://chums.uk.com/referral/

All Age Eating Disorder Service: 

The All Age Eating Disorder Service for Kent and Medway is a specialist service. Our service aims to bring hope and confidence, through help and support, to those who have an eating disorder, to enable them to take back control of their life by overcoming their eating disorder.

An eating disorder can be best described as an abnormal pattern of eating behaviour, accompanied by marked worries about food or body size, which may interfere with the person’s usual way of life and often results in noticeable weight loss. More often they are a way of coping with difficult thoughts, emotions, or experiences. Eating disorders involve disturbances in eating behaviour, as well as feelings of distress or extreme concern about body shape and /or weight. Such disturbances can put physical health and functioning at risk.

Minimal referral age is 8 years old.

You can access this support via:

Telephone: 0300 300 1980

Email: KentandMedwayEatingDisordersService@nelft.nhs.uk

Online referral form: www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-kent-medway-eating-disorders

Kent Children and Young People’s Mental Health Service (CYPMHS) SINGLE POINT OF ACCESS: 

The Children and Young People's Mental Health Service (CYPMHS) provides emotional wellbeing and mental health advice and support for young people and their families across Kent. The service is open to young people between the ages of 0-18, or up to 25 in some instances, for example those with special educational needs. CYPMHS offers advice and support for stress, low mood and depression, anxiety, self-harm or difficult to manage behaviours.

NELFT also provide support for neurodevelopmental difficulties such as ADHD or ASC, and offer specific support for Eating Disorders too. The way in which we offer support can differ from young person to young person as every journey is unique. We may suggest a form of talking therapy, for example Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), family therapy or psychotherapy. We might also suggest medication following or alongside therapy if that is appropriate. It may be appropriate for you to be offered one of our group programmes of support. The outcome of your referral will be discussed with you, so you understand the reason and evidence for the chosen way forward.

You can access this support via:

Website: www.nelft.nhs.uk/kent-cypmhs-get-in-touch

Single Point of Access Telephone: 0800 011 3474

Email: nem-tr.kentchildrenandyoungpeoplehealthservices@nhs.net

Online referral form: apps.nelft.nhs.uk/SPA-KentMedway-Support

 East Kent Rape Crisis Centre: 

East Kent Rape Crisis Centre is a registered charity made up of trained professionals & volunteers providing a safe space to everyone affected by any kind of sexual violence or coercion, experienced at any time during their lives.

All our services are open to everyone – children, young people, and adults can access this. We also support family and friends.

We offer emotional and practical support in the form of face-to-face counselling, therapeutic crisis interventions, support through the criminal justice system and support and crisis phone lines.

You can access support via:

Telephone: 01227 451753

Email: info@ekrcc.org.uk

Online referral form: www.ekrcc.org.uk/how-to-refer

Family Matters Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Services: 

Sexual abuse and rape can leave people with physical and mental scars that take time and understanding to work through.

Family Matters Counselling Service has been created to provide skilled help for children and adults who are experiencing these difficulties. A talk with one of our specialist qualified counsellors, who is experienced in sexual abuse awareness, can make all the difference.

Our counselling practice is supported by qualified professionals who are trained across a wide range of issues and disciplines to help those affected address their fears and identify a clear pathway towards resolution and healing.

You can access support via:

Telephone: 01474 536661

Email: admin@familymattersuk.org

Helpline: 01474 537392

YANA (You Are Not Alone): 

YANA aims to help children and young adults develop resilience and emotional wellbeing. The project raises awareness of mental health, develops understanding of what that looks like for the individual, and explores what they can do themselves and where they can go for further support.  


The YANA project offers:  

  • Online wellbeing and emotional resilience workshop series
  • Tailored 1:1 sessions for children  
  • Personalised plans and approaches
  • Information, advice and guidance  
  • Facilitation of peer support groups  


The YANA service is for children and young adults who:    

  • Would like to improve their emotional health and wellbeing
  • Want to learn more about themselves and the sorts of things that might help them, now and in the future  
  • Do not meet the threshold for support from CAMHS and NELFT
  • Would like to be involved in developing this meaningful programme

You can access support via:

Phone: 0300 011 1965  

Email: yana@imago.community 

Referral form on website


Porchlight works with children, adolescents, and their families with all kinds of needs e.g., managing relationships, education difficulties, mental health and wellbeing difficulties. Supports individuals across Kent.

You can access support via:

Telephone: 01227 760078

Email: headoffice@porchlight.org.uk

Helpline: 0800 567 7699


Salus recognises that all children and young people are different and, for any number of reasons, may need support to deal with the challenges they face to ensure they can achieve their potential.

Salus offer a diverse range of programmes to support the needs of children and young people. This can be in school, the community or at home.

Areas that Salus can support with include: Emotional wellbeing and social development, Domestic abuse, Anti-bullying, Autism Spectrum Condition, Employment, Mentoring service etc.

You can access support via:

Select the specific area you would like with support with to find out how to access this: www.salusgroup.org.uk/service-type/children-young-people/

Mental health direct: 

If you need mental health/emotional wellbeing support and it is out of office hours, or you don’t know who to contact, you should call NELFT Mental Health Direct. We can arrange for you to speak with a mental health professional. We can also advise you about what service to contact to get the support you need.

This is a freephone number and callers will not be charged.

You can access this support via:

Telephone: 0800 995 1000

Kent Resilience Hub - supporting young people to cope with  the pressures of every day life.

Kent Youth Health has lots of useful information and resources on feelings, sex, health and relationships for teenagers in Kent. Find out what’s normal for teenagers, how to cope with any bumps on the road and where to go to get help if you need it . 

Togetherall is a clinically managed, online community designed to improve mental health. Our platform provides anonymous, peer-to-peer interactions so that as many people as possible can benefit from instant, easy-access and round-the-clock support when they need it.
Togetherall is a place where people can feel safe to share feelings, support each other and start to feel better. 

Mind: If you're going through a tough time, you're not alone. We've got lots of information and advice to help. 

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to us by calling 0800 1111.


Transforming lives and changing attitudes

We are the UK's leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families. Since 1962, we have been providing support, guidance and advice, as well as campaigning for improved rights, services and opportunities to help create a society that works for autistic people.

Centrepoint can help you if you are thinking of leaving home. They offer guidance and advice and it is all completely free. You can visit their website or contact them on 0207 426 5300.

The Citizens Advice Bureau can help you to resolve issues and concerns and to understand your legal rights. They provide free and impartial advice on everything from housing to debt. Find them in the Folkestone Library on Grace Hill, Folkestone, or contact them on 01303 249310.
Gingerbread provides support for single or young parents and can help make difficult times easier. You can contact them on 02074 889300 and visit their website at Gingerbread.org.uk.
Homestart offer support for families with children under 5, or for young and teenage parents who are finding parenthood difficult. You can contact them on 01303 244836.
Shelter can help you to find solutions to housing problems and give you advice that could really help. Call them on 0808 800 4444. You can find them online at Shelter.org.uk.
Moodspark is a place where children and young people in Kent can learn how to look after their emotional and mental health and fi nd ways to help them bounce back when life gets tough.

ChatHealth is a text service for 11 to 19-year-olds in Kent and Medway. You can text a member of our team about any physical or emotional health concerns.

In Kent text: 07520 618850.

In Medway text: 07480 635786.

Ideas for Keeping Well this Summer - click here


CYP Mental Health Card - click here


Kindness Matters Guide - click here

Self-care and support for young people - click here



Wellbeing Award for Schools
Our school is now working towards achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools. Surveys have been distributed to our staff, pupils and their parents. We're hoping to obtain a picture of our current provision so that we can plan to improve how we support the emotional wellbeing of all of the members of our school community. More information available here.

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