Mental Health & Wellbeing

Durham Resilience Project

We are proud at North Durham Academy to be part of the Durham Resilience Project, promoting and developing the mental health and wellbeing of our students, staff, parents and carers. Working closely with the County Council, our Student Counsellor is continuing to develop our practice, ensuring we offer the best possible support to all of our children. We have worked on training Mental Health Ambassadors within the Academy, something which is continuing this year, albeit remotely. We aim to support our young people to manage anger, emotions, friendship, behaviour, self-esteem and resilience. We will continue to do all we can to safeguard every child in our care.

Mental Health Ambassadors

Students elect themselves to represent this area of need in the Academy. All students involved are trained by specialists in counselling techniques to support their peers. Due to the pandemic, the strategies that were in place prior to the first lockdown, have been put on hold.

The mental health and wellbeing of our students at NDA, is a priority to all of us. Early identification and intervention are at the forefront of our pastoral care and underpin our vision of ‘Student’s First’.

Mental health and wellbeing are very complex and challenging areas, with often no immediate ‘quick fix’ solutions. We, as a pastoral care team, promote positive mental health and wellbeing alongside a varied support network including the Student Counsellor, SEND Team, Year Managers and DEEP Support. Please see our Deep Support Booklet. Please see our Promoting Student Wellbeing during revision booklet.

The Academy raises awareness of mental health and wellbeing through regular assemblies, Student Voice, PSHE and regular contact with external agencies such as CAMHS and the School Nursing Service.

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The Academy regularly keeps itself up to date with the most recent developments in mental health and wellbeing, through training provided by external provisions. All staff are trained in the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing, with regular Continuous Professional Development (CPD) sessions. Staff also have the opportunity to specialise in certain aspects of promoting or understanding mental health or wellbeing, and to deliver these as training to staff and students across the Academy.

Any student, parent/carer or member of staff who has a concern about the mental health or wellbeing of a young person, should contact the Year Manager or a member of DEEP Support with their concerns.

Kooth is an online mental wellbeing community. Access is free, safe and anonymous support.