Mental Health & Well-Being

Alcohol Awareness Week

To mark alcohol awareness week, here are some short videos to help your understanding of the dangers of alcohol, particularly for young people, and to aid conversations with your children.

Mental Health Matters

At Meden School we are determined to develop every aspect of our student’s character. We aim to achieve this through our Personal Development Curriculum, which provides students with an opportunity to explore and develop key aspects of their character.

The Personal Development curriculum seeks to educate students on how to lead a healthy lifestyle, have good mental health, how to cultivate healthy relationships through school life and beyond and how to positively contribute to their community.

Students will be encouraged to engage with and think maturely about a range of issues, which will support them in making sound decisions around their own safety, personal development and mental health.

To further support our students, in addition to our dedicated pastoral team, we also have a school counsellor and SEMH support groups that students can access to ensure that they are supported in tackling issues that they face.

More recently we have trained a number of staff in Mental Health First Aid and they are available in school to support students when needed.

Our Mental Health support team are:

  • Kim Hickinbotham - Senior Mental Health Lead
  • Vicky Hill – School Counsellor
  • Mental Health Support Team – Joanne Donald and Emma Woodhall
  • Mental Health first aiders
    • Kim Hickinbotham
    • Tracy Coulson
    • Greg Harris
    • Belinda Rogers
    • Alice Hibbert
    • Claire Ashley

Meden's Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Support Group

Useful Safeguarding Guides for Parents & Carers

Self harm - a guide for Parents and Carers

Useful Links

Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness is not for profit creating a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society, by helping people to take practical action drawing on the latest scientific research. Their vision is a happier world, with fewer people suffering with mental health problems and more people feeling good.

Anna Freud Centre

A children’s mental health charity providing specialist help.


YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.


Childline is a counselling service for parents, children and young people. Help and advice is free and confidential.


Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone. The service is available 24 hours a day.

Students Against Depression

Information and help for anyone feeling depressed. This site offers UK students comprehensive information and discussion about:

  • What depression is
  • What contexts depression flourishes in
  • Self-help strategies for tackling depression
  • How to get further support and help


Provides free online support for young people delivered by qualified counsellors via chat based services.

Charlie Walker Memorial Trust

Awareness, information and resources for those who are depressed.


National mental health charity.

  • Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (Weekdays 9:00 – 17:00)
  • Text: 86463
  • Email:

Cruse – Bereavement Care

Cruse offer support and advice to children, young people and adults when someone dies.

Anxiety UK

Helps all those suffering with anxiety disorders.

  • Telephone: 08444 775 774 (Weekdays 9:30 – 17:30)
  • Text Service 07537 416 905


Harmless is a user led organisation that provides a range of services about self-harm.

Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC)

ABC provides personal advice to anyone affected by an eating disorder. They support sufferers and their family and friends towards a full recovery.

Hearing Voices Network

HVN is also there to help cares and to support and advise voice-hearers.


Out-of-hours mental health helpline for anyone who is affected by mental illness.

  • Telephone: 0300 304 7000

Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline

Confidential support to do with sexuality, gender identity and sexual health.

  • Telephone: 0300 330 0630

Change Grow Live

Free and confidential drug and alcohol service.


Mobile text service if you aren't comfortable talking over the phone
TEXT 85258

December 2023


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