Our mental health support services provide a way of helping boys to work through difficulties that may prevent them from developing to their full potential at school.
For many young people, problems often centre around relationships, self-esteem, academic concerns or a specific difficulty. Whilst these tensions are quite usual, sometimes they can cause a young person to cut off from those people they most need to talk to.
There are always people at school to whom boys can talk to and, in addition, a counsellor from Open Door Youth Counselling provides confidential talking therapy within school once a week. Boys who may benefit from this service are usually referred to the counsellor by a member of staff, but on occasion a pupil may refer himself.
Boys do occasionally find themselves struggling with more serious concerns such as anxiety, stress or depression. We have a mental health nurse, who is based in school one day a week, and will see boys within the school day. Parents are involved at every stage at this level and this service has provided vital support for boys and their families.