Mental Health

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;

Supporting Students Facing Mental Health Issues







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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 completed the MHFA course in 2015:

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

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