mental health & emotional Wellbeing
At Woodside, we believe in promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing. Prioritising the wellbeing of students and staff ensures that outstanding teaching and learning can take place, and that the school is a community where everyone feels able to thrive.
Our Shared Values
Our Shared Values underpin everything that we do. Woodside High is a community where we want everyone to feel supported, safe and happy.
Mental Health and emotional wellbeing is detailed as a priority in our strategic development plan, in our Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Policy and across the school via posters, displays, behaviour systems, school newsletters, magazines, student and staff planners.
our Student Equality Group
Prejudicial and discriminatory behaviour can have a profoundly negative impact on the health and emotional well-being of all members of any community. In 2014 students set up an Equality and Diversity Group to help campaign against discriminatory behaviour. Since then, the Equality Group has achieved a phenomenal amount - from speaking in front of 500 people at the Southbank Centre's "Women of the World" event, going to Downing Street to campaign with Oxfam, having an article published on the Oxfam Education site, to designing and delivering whole-staff training in school.
This year, Woodside students won the Speakers’ School Council award, a national award given by UK Parliament, for their work in reducing the stigma around mental health. Woodside’s Peer Mentors have been recognized for their work in effectively challenging bullying, supporting their peers and ensuring all young people at Woodside feel happy and safe. Our Peer Mentors have won the Diana award, the Haringey Community Impact award and the Haringey Heroes award. Woodside was successful in achieving the Silver award for Healthy Schools through our work in promoting not only positive physical health but also positive mental health.
Woodside students meet and work with a number of role models and organisations who represent wider society. We work collaboratively with a range of national and international groups - Stonewall, Diversity Role Models, Think Well, Young Minds and Time to Change to name but a few. Students benefit enormously from the involvement of these organisations and people.
- Mind-Ed- E-learning for professionals working with children and young people
- Time to Change- Anti-Stigma Campaign and Resources
- myCAMHSchoices- A website with advice for young people who have been referred to CAHMS, or are interested in finding out about it.
- Young Minds Website
- Right Here publications on mental health
- Anna Freud network supporting Mental Health & Wellbeing in Schools