Mental Health

The well-being of all members of our school community is of great importance to us at Longridge High School.  This page of our website has a wealth of information and links to useful websites that can help, pupils, their families and staff alike to gain a better understanding of mental health issues and how to help yourself or others that may be struggling.

In school, we offer a range of support for pupils and staff can also access support too.  For pupils who are struggling, we offer in-house support from our mentors, Head’s of Year, Mental Health Ambassador, Designated Mental Health Lead and School Counsellor.  We have a staff well-being group that meets to consider ways of enhancing well-being amongst our staff and run events to encourage team building and togetherness amongst our staff.  We also have close links with a number of professionals and agencies that we can refer into should we feel that more appropriate than our in-house support.

The student support team consists of: –

Mrs K Rogers – Designated Mental Health Lead

Mrs E Place – Mental Health Ambassador

Mrs R Jackson – Head of Year 7

Miss K Stemp – Head of Year 8

Mrs N Taylor – Head of Year 9

Miss K Webster – Head of Year 10

Mr C Mochan – Head of Year 11

Mrs R Edwardson-Pye – Family Liaison Support / Mentor

Ms L Murdock – Pastoral Liaison Officer / Mentor

Ms C Shorrock – Mentor

Mrs S Evans – Mentor

Mrs J Singh – School Counsellor

We also promote positive well-being by offering our pupils a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs and activities.  Many of these link into our House System where pupils are grouped vertically across all year groups, allowing a sense of belonging and cohesion to be felt across the school.  PSHE lessons look at a wide range of emotional, well-being and mental health issues, whilst also helping pupils to develop resilience and life skills for when they leave school.  Assemblies bring year groups together for themed presentations sometimes delivered by guest speakers who specialize in particular areas. 

Remember that whilst there are other agencies and charities that you can look to for help, we at school are here to continue to support you in any way that we can. Please do not hesitate to contact us on admin@lhs.lancs.sch.uk for the attention of Mrs Rogers.  Other useful points of contact for support are listed below and there is also a document on the page outlining a number of useful websites etc. where

School Nurse

The School Nurses provide a texting service called Chat Health. Pupils can make contact on 07507 330510.

The duty School Nurse can be contacted by parents on 0300 247 0040.

While most doctors surgeries and counselling services are not operating on a face-to-face basis at the moment, there are text services available. The websites to access these services are as follows:

Remember that whilst there are other agencies and charities that you can look to for help, we at school are here to continue to support you in any way that we can. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Rogers KLR@lhs.lancs.sch.uk

Mental Health & Wellbeing Charities

Action for Children

Charity supporting children, young people and their families across England.
Phone: 01923 361 500

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with
an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774

Beat Eating Disorders

Under 18s helpline, webchat and online support groups for people with eating disorders. Phone: 0808 801 0711

CALM

The Campaign Against Living Miserably is for men who are feeling low or in crisis.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58

Centrepoint

Provides advice, housing and support for young people, with a helpline and webchat.
Phone: 0808 800 0661

Childline

Free 1-to-1 chat support and 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK.
Phone: 0800 1111

FRANK

Confidential webchat, helpline, advice and information on drugs and substance misuse.
Phone: 0300 123 6600
Text: 82111

Head Meds

Clear information on mental health medication for young people.
Text YM to 85258.

Hope Again

How to cope with grief and feel less alone when someone dies.
Phone: 0808 808 1677

Hope Line UK

A specialist telephone service that gives non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to young people.
Phone: 0800 068 4141

Hub of Hope

A national database of mental health charities and organisations from across Britain who offer mental health advice and support.

KOOTH

Counsellors available until 10pm every day. Free, safe and anonymous online counselling for young people. Check whether this is offered in your area.

Mencap

Provides information and advice for people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Phone: 0808 808 1111

NHS Go

NHS confidential health advice and support for 16–25 year olds. Download the app to your phone.

No Panic

Charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Phone: 0330 606 1174

NSPCC

Specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children.
Phone: 0800 1111

On My Mind

Information for young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing.

Refuge

Help and support for young people affected by domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 200 0247

Relate

The UK's largest provider of professional, confidential, and relationship support.

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people with mental health problems and their friends and families.
Phone: 0300 500 0927

Safeline

Young people’s helpline, helping survivors of sexual abuse and rape.
Phone: 0808 800 5007
Text: 0786 002 7573

Samaritans

Free 24-hour helpline. Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including suicidal feelings.
Phone: 116 123

Shelter

Charity working for people in housing need by providing free, independent, expert housing advice.

The Mix

Support and advice for under 25s, including webchat.
Phone: 0808 808 4994

Time to Change

Download resources to raise awareness of mental health stigma and find out more about mental health.

Voice Collective

A UK-wide project that supports children and young people who hear voices, see visions, and have other ‘unusual’ sensory experiences.
Phone: 020 7911 0822

Young Minds

For information about different mental health problems.