Mental Health & Wellbeing

It's okay to ask for help,
your Mental Health is as important as your Physical Health.

What is Mental Health?

‘A person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.’ Mental Health can be both positive and negative and can be as simple as having a bad day.

We want everyone in our SESC community to feel safe, secure and supported. At SESC, we understand that putting mental health and wellbeing first in all we do is essential.

Mental Health Team: Amy Sawyer, Emma Holliday and Lisa Cottle 

Mental Health First Aiders: Amy Sawyer, Emma Holliday and Lisa Cottle 

Family Support Worker: Claire Matthews 

STUDENTS Mental Health and Wellbeing:

· Meet and greet

· Twice a week mentoring

· Weekly PSHE lessons

· Our therapy dog Millie

· Free School Meals

· Free uniform and resources

· Empathetic staff (All level 1 MH trained) who WANT to listen

· Kitemark

· Contact Me – Bereavement support

· Toot Toot (Anonymous reporting)

· Therapeutic approach

· Zones of Regulation

STAFF Mental Health and Wellbeing:

· Secret Squirrel

· Wellbeing box

· Staff socials · Heads together: (08000 562 561)

· VITA Healthcare:

· Supportive colleagues

PARENTS/GUARDIANS Mental Health and Wellbeing:

· Coffee mornings with parents

· Family support worker

Links for support:

Health and Wellbeing

We work with bereaved children, young people (aged 18 and under) and their families in NORTH HERTS and STEVENAGE

Please click here for link

Kooth provides a safe, secure means of accessing help about any subject that matters to you via the internet and New Services are now available online to support 10-18 year old’s by visiting:

Talking about mental health is not always easy. But starting a conversation doesn’t have to be awkward, and being there for someone can make a huge difference. Time to Change raise awareness for mental health issues.  Visit their website for more information.

What does it look like in a young person?

  1. Sadness or hopelessness
  2. Irritability, anger, or hostility
  3. Tearfulness or frequent crying
  4. Withdrawal from friends and family
  5. Loss of interest in activities
  6. Poor school performance
  7. Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  8. Restlessness and agitation
  9. Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  10. Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
  11. Fatigue or lack of energy
  12. Difficulty concentrating
  13. Unexplained aches and pains
  14. Thoughts of death or suicide


What we do

  • Weekly 1:1 mentoring
  • Inform parents/ carers to refer to the GP
  • Refer to our in house wellbeing councillor
  • Communicate effectively with parents and carers
  • Involve the student in cultured trips and experiences
  • Provide hot meals and uniforms
  • Praise and reward young people

What you can do

  • Communicate
  • Encourage social connection
  • Make physical activity a priority
  • Know when to seek professional help
  • Support
  • Take care of yourself and the rest of the family

Just Talk Link

Zumos are big advocates of mental health and wellbeing and believe that a little support can go a long way: Link

They have produced a Lockdown Wellbeing Programme which you can sign up to for free!