Mental Health & Wellbeing
Cromwell Community College is proud of the ongoing work it is undertaking to support the wellbeing and positive mental health of our students; work that has been recognised through a Silver Carnegie Award. We firmly believe that the mental health and wellbeing of our students is a top priority and by working together with parents we can support our students to fulfil their potential in a safe and nurturing environment.
Mrs L CarterMental Health & Wellbeing Lead
Mrs L Carter
Mental Health Support Team (MHST)
Mental Health Support Teams are a government run programme, intended to find early mental health support to children and young people in education settings with mild to moderate mental health concerns. Cromwell have signed up to be part of this programme and now have a team of NHS staff linked to the school available to provide support. These clinical staff, trained in mental health, are able to provide individual face-to-face interventions as well as group work.
Telephone: 0333 4141 809
The telephones are staffed Monday-Friday 12-5 and Saturdays 10-1.
Parents and carers of children who are suffering with their mental health and are waiting for support from CAMHS, can contact the Parent Helpline at Young Minds on 0808 802 5544.
Young Minds have trained advisors who will listen to your concerns and ask key questions, to understand your situation as best they can. They will tailor advice to your situation and suggest practical steps for you to take and ways to support your child whilst waiting to access help from services. This could include contact details for relevant support services, practical tips you can implement at home or giving you advice around alternative options for support.
A new mental health free text messaging support service has launched in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to help those who are struggling to cope.
Launched by NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and in partnership with the national service SHOUT, the free to use text service HEAR 85258 provides real-time support to people of all ages who are struggling with their mental health.
When texting the word HEAR to 85258, the person will be connected to a trained volunteer who will take them from a place of crisis to a place of calm. During the confidential and anonymous conversation, the texter will be supported and signposted to local and national mental health services.
Texting HEAR to 85258 is free, discreet and runs 24/7. It won’t appear on any bills and requires no app, data, password, or registration. It is available for anybody who lives, works, or studies in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
For more information about what mental health services are available in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, visit www.keep-your-head.com.
If you feel your or somebody’s life is at risk due to their mental health, dial 111 and listen for the option for the mental health crisis team.
Please follow the links below for lots of information about additional agencies that can help and support:
If you would like any further information or support please do not hesitate to contact your child’s form Tutor or Head of Year in the first instance.