At Skinners’ Academy, we value every member of our community’s wellbeing. We believe that for a school to be a success everyone must feel wellness – mentally as well as physically. Our aim is to create and maintain an environment in which all feel supported to be the best they can be. Early identification, clear guidance and safe spaces for discussion of mental health will form the backbone of our wellbeing practice. We do not aim to eradicate distress, this would be impossible, but our aim is for Skinners’ Academy to be a place where all feel encouraged and empowered to share struggles, find solutions and receive ongoing strategies for continued wellbeing – free from stigma and in the spirit of shared humanity.
Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (World Health Organisation – 2014)
Key safeguarding and pastoral contacts
All staff have a responsibility to promote the mental health of pupils and the members of staff below have a specific, relevant remit:
Jay Kerby (Senior Vice Principal) – Designated Safeguarding/Wellbeing Lead and Pastoral Lead
Clare DeJode (Head of Student Services) – Deputy Designated Safeguarding/Wellbeing Lead
Catherine Carroll (Academy Nurse)
Laura Devlin (Academy Counsellor)
Jennifer Farnon (Academy Counsellor)
Maddy Mkoloma (Head of Behaviour and Engagement)
Wellbeing at the Academy
“Be the best you can” is the Academy motto and is one which certainly also applies to the area of wellness. At the Academy, we currently and are always further seeking to:
Promote positive mental health in all staff and pupils
Increase understanding and awareness of common mental health issues
Alert staff to early warning signs of mental ill health
Provide support to staff working with young people with mental health issues
Provide support to students suffering mental ill health and their peers and parents/carers
For years, we have supported a range of wellbeing initiatives for pupils (including Time to Talk etc.) and we are now actively escalating that commitment to support staff wellbeing. As part of this commitment, in Spring 2018, the ‘Change Team’ was created with a remit of focusing on wellbeing of the Academy community, with a special focus on staff wellbeing – which involves research; staff training and development; auditing needs, opinions and suggestions from staff; creating increased wellbeing opportunities and much more.
Information & Support – Useful Links
Childline | www.childline.org.uk
Advice, information, and you can talk to a counsellor online over the phone or online
Open 24 hours a day. 365 days a year to talk about anything that is troubling you
Young Minds | www.youngminds.org.uk
Information about mental health and emotional well-being
All aspects of support and information for under 25s
Young Hackney | www.younghackney.org
Website for young people who live or go to school in Hackney with info and details of where to get advice and support.
Intercultural therapy for over 18s
Supporting people who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma
Mental Health Out of Hours Emergency Line | 020 8432 8020
In a mental health emergency you can call the Mental Health Out of Hours emergency Line 020 8432 8020; or you can visit A&E at Homerton University Hospital, Homerton Row, Hackney, E9 6SR. Tel: 020 8510 8980. If you or someone else is in danger of harm, dial 999 in an emergency. In a non-emergency dial 111 for medical advice or 101 to contact the police.