Mental Health

Safe Hands Thinking Minds have resources available for supporting children and adults around anxiety, worry and stress which is especially useful during the pandemic.

At Ormiston Denes Academy, we strive to ensure all students are supported so that they are able to achieve their full potential. At our disposal, we have a highly experienced and effective pastoral team, with a broad range of specialist knowledge and understanding. This student-centered integrated team includes:

  • House Teams – Heads of House and Pastoral Support Officers
  • Safeguarding Officer
  • School Counsellor
  • Pathways Manager and Pathways Mentor
  • Disabilities and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (DSENCo)
  • School Nurse

Please see below for guidance on;

Coronavirus toolkit – return to school

If parents or carers have any concerns about children’s mental health, they should seek support. You can find a list of support available in your area via the Youth Wellbeing Directory, or a list of helplines in this resource library.

You could also contact:

SHOUT – text ‘Shout’ to 85258 for 24/7 crisis text support

Childline – under 19 s can call 0800 1111 for free support

Education Support – school staff can call 08000 562 561 or text 07909 341229 for 24/7 help and advice

YoungMinds Parents Helpline – Call 0808 802 5544 for free Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 4pm

Supporting Students Facing Mental Health Issues







Kooth is a transformational digital mental health support service. It gives children and young people easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors.

Parent/ Carer information letter from Kooth

Kooth phone brochure

Click the link below for how to sign up.






Public Health Suffolk has created a suicide prevention information leaflet aimed at supporting those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts.  It is essential that people have access to the correct information, and resources that will help them when they are feeling desperate and unsafe.




Useful Links:

Mental Health Resources During Covid- 19

Mental Health First Aiders

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, mental health first aid teaches how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

The MHFA course is an internationally recognised course designed specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 8 to 18 years.

The course includes:

  • Spotting the early signs of a mental health problem.
  • Raising confidence in helping someone experiencing a problem.
  • Providing help on a first aid basis.
  • Helping to prevent someone from hurting themselves or others.
  • Helping to stop a mental illness from getting worse.
  • Helping someone recover faster.
  • Guidance towards the right support.
  • How to reduce the stigma of mental health problems.

Three members of staff have completed the MHFA course:

  • Mrs M Read
  • Mrs A Palmer
  • Ms A Gee

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