We believe having a mentally healthy community is not about being happy all the time, but about working together through the challenges and sharing the celebrations; feeling supported, heard, accepted, valued and empowered.
- Exmouth Community College is committed to promoting and protecting emotional wellbeing and mental health in our whole school community. We strive to create an environment which has a whole school approach in providing excellent support, understanding and intervention for all individuals in order to maintain their positive wellbeing and mental health. We put wellbeing at the heart of our school to ensure successful learning and commit our policies reflecting this.
- Our vision is for all our students, staff and community to have the support they need to build lifelong coping skills and thrive. We will make this happen by:
- Understanding the different types of emotional and mental health needs across the school and have systems in place to respond appropriately
- Actively promoting students and staff emotional wellbeing and mental health
- Have a positive culture which regards emotional wellbeing and mental health as the responsibility of all
- Increasing opportunities to engage in the evidence based 'five ways to wellbeing' model 1) Connect 2) Be active 3) Take notice 4) Keep learning 5) Give to others
- Developing the curriculum and teaching, learning and assessment methods to optimise mental health and wellbeing, recognising neurodiversity, while maintaining academic standards”
This is a presentation that tutors use to accompany our regular wellbeing checks.
Here you will find information to help students and parents access support for physical and mental health.
Use the descriptions and links below to find support for a huge range of mental health and wellbeing needs.
In School Support
Young Devon - Wellbeing | Young Devon
Young Devon wellbeing appointments happen in College - self referral and referrals from Pastoral Assistants are possible.
CAMHS Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) - CAMHS EMHPs YouTube
They work in College 2 days per week, and work closely with the pastoral assistants. They can offer individual sessions and also group sessions. They will also be offering training sessions for parents and staff in the future. They have also just trained 20 Year 9 mentals health ambassadors. Referrals go to them via Pastoral assistants.
ECC College counselling – Referrals are made via Pastoral Assistants
1:1 Mentoring for KS3 students. Lunchtime Hub for KS3 students who find lunchtimes challenging. Haven Hub is a safe space for students to play games, make new friends, and receive support if they need it.
CAMHS emergency contact details are: 0330 0245 321
Kooth - an online counselling service for all children in Devon. Details are available from all Pastoral Assistants.
Single point of access service for young people aged 4–17 years struggling with their mental health. Self-referral.
Pete’s Dragons - Home - Pete's Dragons (petesdragons.org.uk)
Offers support for those impacted by suicide.
Esteem Team - Home | EsteemteamAutism enabling | Esteemteam | Devon
Work with children and young people who have additional needs or struggle with their mental health.
Young Minds are a mental health charity for children, young people and their parents, making sure all young people can get the mental health support they need.
Find out everything you need to know about drugs, their effects and the law.
Talk to Frank for facts, support and advice on drugs and alcohol today.
Provides emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope or at risk of suicide throughout the UK.
The Mix - https://www.themix.org.uk
Free Help & Guidance. Confidential Advice. Information. They are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing, online and over the phone.
Text service for anyone in crisis. Get free, confidential mental health support anytime, anywhere.
Mind - Using this tool - Mind
Mind offers information and advice to people with mental health problems.
Staying Safe - Staying Safe
For those who are feeling suicidal. Provides information on how to make a safety plan.
Anna Freud - https://www.annafreud.org/
A huge resource area from this mental health educator and charity, there section on self care is especially good.
Childline - www.childline.org.uk/
Childline is a free service for children and young people who need help with any kind of problem, from stress and anxiety to self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
NSPCC is the UK's leading children's charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover.
Beat is the UK's leading charity for people affected by eating disorders and their carers. Find out how to get help, access information, join events, donate and more.
PAPYRUS UK is a charity that provides confidential suicide prevention advice, support and resources for young people and their families.