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Mental Wellbeing


15th - 21st November 2021

This week marks the start of the β€˜Just Talk campaign’ in Hertfordshire. Alongside pastoral and assembly activities in school, there a full programme of free online webinars and mindfulness sessions for students, parents, carers and professionals about looking after our own emotional and mental wellbeing as well as how to support others.

School Assembly

On Wednesday 17th November we held a whole school assembly around International Men's Day and Just Talk. Please click this link to watch the assembly

External Webinar Site

As a school, we have created a specific site highlighting links to all of the free online events as well as brief description of each to help you access any of the webinars.

Please click this link

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Student Wellbeing

An estimated three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem, rising to one in four when we include emotional distress (Young Minds, 2018). At Barnwell School, we are very aware of the challenges that young people face daily and want to help support our students in learning how to manage these worries and stresses.

How to recognise signs of poor mental health in young people?

There are many signs of poor mental health, these are not limited to, but may include:

Some young people also:

Although It's normal to feel down, anxious or stressed from time to time, if these feelings affect your daily activities, including your studies, or don't go away after a couple of weeks, make sure you speak to someone and get help. This can be a friend, parent/carer, or even a teacher of your choice. If you are unable to speak to someone face-to-face, or don’t feel confident enough to make this approach, then please email

In the meantime, feel free to use the links to organisations and services below which are extremely helpful and provide excellent guidance for young people who are finding it difficult to manage their emotional well-being and mental health:

Hertfordshire counselling services - Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people - provides free professional counselling for young people in Hitchin and North Herts. - Stand-by-me bereavement support is here to help children & families in North Herts & Stevenage when someone close to them has died. - Young people’s emotional wellbeing information and signposting to help in Hertfordshire

Telephone helplines

Samaritans - are someone to talk to 24/7, 365 days a year call 116 123.

Childline - is a confidential service for young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything - no problem is too big or too small. Call 0800 1111.

CALM – for men aged 15+ 0800 585 858.

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