Mental Health

Mental Health and Wellbeing Vision

School mental health and wellbeing services and supports are an effective means of addressing the mental health needs of children, families and staff and improving the learning environment.

Secondary school Mental Health and Wellbeing Services help educators prevent and respond to crises while fostering a school climate that supports teaching and learning. 

Our Vision is that it is vitally important that any policy or strategic development correlates with a College vision and adds to this.  Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan (or Toolkit) ties in with the vision as Maslow cites in his ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ (1943), without being supported as learners with our Physiological, Safety, Social and Esteem needs (which all relate to Mental Health and Wellbeing, we will struggle to achieve our potential. Therefore, this strategic plan is essential for us as a college community to allow all to achieve. 

📄 Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit

Awareness Raising/Self-Help Guides

The High Tunstall Mental Health leaflets are produced in-house and are for staff to use with students who are in all three ‘Care’ areas but primarily within the Self Care area as they are support resources for specific mental health conditions such as:

📄 Anxiety

📄 At Home

📄 Bereavement

📄 Depression

📄 Eating

📄 Friendship

📄 Good Health

📄 Sleeping

Our Strategy

This strategic plan is essential for us as a College community to achieve good mental health and wellbeing.

Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework

At High Tunstall we focus on 3 tiers of mental health care for all. Please click on the image below to learn more about our framework model.


Types of Mental Health Conditions

Mental Health is an umbrella terms for many specific conditions that people may be affected by. Please click on the diagram below for a comprehensive guide to many Mental Health conditions and you can then research further using the NHS website.


High Tunstall’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Local Agencies and Services

Please see the diagrams for a list of some of the mental health providers locally that we work with or our community does.


Figure 1 below is a diagram showing the different factors that affect the persons susceptibility to Mental Health conditions and peoples’ ability to be able to cope with their mental health. Below, figure 2 shows the stages of Mental Health conditions.  Click on the images to read the information.

In order to screen people for mental health conditions High Tunstall uses various screening tools including one from the SSAT. They have provided a grid to support others in identifying when interventions and referrals need to take place. The SSAT states that … ‘The flow chart uses a red, amber & green system to identify students’ mental health state and how it should be addressed.

The framework categorises many different types of behaviours that could be present, along with recommendations on what people should do.

Green identifies people who have a positive mental health and are coping well with day-to-day issues.

Amber shows behaviours that are beginning to become a concern and provides advice on how to support others.

Red outlines behaviours of somebody who is having extreme issues with their mental health and needs urgent intervention.

‘Created by Dayne Meakin, SSAT Leadership Legacy Fellow, 2018

Raising Awareness at HTCS

It is important that all stakeholders are ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing aware’, and refer for support prior to conditions becoming chronic or ingrained.

Therefore, a whole-college approach is required to raising such awareness and developing self-care actions.

The photo to the right highlights many of the areas that will be a focus for such awareness raising at HTCS.