Yavneh College is committed to a whole school approach to wellbeing for students, staff and parents; encouraging a wellbeing culture and awareness that is weaved throughout the fabric of the school.

What is Wellbeing?

Our wellbeing is part of our overall health. Some of the things that make up our wellbeing, which can also be described as our mental health, are:

  • How we feel, think, and behave
  • How we cope with the ups and downs of everyday life
  • How we feel about ourselves and our life
  • How we see ourselves and our future
  • How we deal with negative things that happen in our life
  • Our self-esteem and confidence
  • How stress affects us

Our whole-school approach to wellbeing for our students, staff and parents aims to support the people in our community to be able to make the most of their potential, cope with life and ultimately thrive and flourish.

We do this using a variety of approaches, including Growth Mindset, PERMA and The Five Ways to Wellbeing, as well as through pastoral support, extra-curricular activities, the enrichment programme, external speakers, events, community partnerships and much more.

The school is participating in the Community Wellbeing Project which aims to address the increasing mental health challenges facing Jewish children and young people today. Through working with students, staff and parents the project aims to promote positive emotional wellbeing throughout the community.

To support staff wellbeing at Yavneh the school has a Staff Wellbeing policy, our staff wellbeing working group and wellbeing team, Wellbeing Day’s for all staff, CPD opportunities and more. Through these initiatives we strive to make the school a safe and caring place for all our staff.

Meet the pastoral team

Services and organisations that can help:

If you are worried about your own or someone else’s suicidal thoughts or feelings you can contact the below services for support:

  • In a life threatening situation call 999
  • Samaritans: free confidential support 24/7 call 116 123
  • Childline offer free, confidential counselling to under 19’s though their helpline and webchat. Tel: 0800 1111; Web: www.childline.org.uk
  • Contact your GP to make an urgent appointment to discuss your mental health needs

Other organisations that might be useful if you are worried about yourself or others are:

Onespace will help you find the support you need, whether that’s information, urgent help or someone to talk to. Web: https://onespaceto.org/

Shout is a free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Text 85258 for immediate help in a crisis. Web: https://www.giveusashout.org/

Kooth provides free, anonymous online counselling for 10 – 25 year olds. You can IM counsellors Mon – Fri, midday-10pm, and Sat – Sun, 6pm – 10pm. Web: www.kooth.com

Chat Health a texting service for 11 – 19 year olds in Hertfordshire, where you can text your school nurse for guidance and support. Open Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm. Text: 07480 635 050

Young Minds Provide information about all things mental health, from medication to coping strategies. Web: www.youngminds.org.uk

The Mix information and support for the under 25’s covering a range of topics including mental health. Their helpline and webchat are open 11am – 11pm daily. Tel: 0808 808 4994; Web: www.themix.org.uk

Bullying UK offer advice if you or someone you know is being bullied. They also have a free, confidential helpline for parents, open Mon – Fri 9am – 9pm, Weekends 10am – 3pm. Tel: 0808 800 2222; Web: www.bullying.co.uk

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) offer support to young males struggling with low mood, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Their helpline runs daily 5pm – midnight, or you can use their webchat. Tel: 0800 585858; Web: www.thecalmzone.net

Keshet provides information and support for young Jewish LGBTQ+ individuals across the UK. Web: https://www.keshetuk.org/

For a wider range of services and organisations that can help with issues including addiction, bereavement, education & employment, sexuality and gender, self harm, suicidal thoughts and general mental health support please see here