Mental Health and Well-being

At Greenhead College, the mental health and well-being of our students is our top priority, and it is our aim to “be exceptional” in the support we offer.

We are here to help our students, your children, to realise their potential, to learn resilience and to cope and respond to the challenges of life. We create opportunities for everyone to achieve their potential, allowing students to grow in all aspects of self. An important aspect in this is for us to develop positive, mutual relationships with parents and carers, encouraging open communication and involving you as appropriate in supporting your child.

Our Mental Health and Well-being Framework demonstrates Greenhead College’s commitment to well-being and helps creates a positive culture of mental and physical health. It brings together all strands of our support under one umbrella. Click here to find out more.

Internal Support

Onsite Counselling Service

The College employs a counselling team to support students. All counsellors are registered members of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and is led by a Senior Accredited Member. Click here to find out more.

The team works with a wide range of issues and students can access counselling, CBT, and life-coaching support throughout their time at the College. If your young person is struggling with something, please encourage them to consider self-referring for counselling support. Counselling can be helpful in enabling people to deal with difficulties more effectively, to explore what is going on and how to make changes or develop useful strategies.

Self-help Library Books

Students have access to a list of self-help library books via Moodle. Before even stepping foot in the library, they can check availability and email the librarian if they would prefer a book to be picked from the shelf ready for pick-up. If you would find looking at this list helpful, you can view this here:

Alongside the subject support your child receives from their teachers, there is an extensive pastoral support system in place at Greenhead College to support their mental health and well-being.

In-House Supported Learning

Click here to find out more about Additional Learning Support, the role of Personal Tutors, Safeguarding, the MoodMaster Programme and Transition to College.

External Support

Listed below are some organisations and charities which offer advice, guidance, events and support for parents and carers who are supporting the mental health and well-being of young people.

Anna Freud Centre

Anna Freud is a mental health charity for children and families. Click here to access advice and guidance for parents and carers to help support young people experiencing poor mental health or wellbeing can be accessed on their website. Parents and Careers | Advice and Guidance | Anna Freud Centre

Charlie Waller

Charlie Waller Trust provides mental health training and support with a focus on children and young people. They offer practical advice, training and support to parents, carers and families. This is delivered both face-to-face and online and there also many resources available on their website.

Click here to find out more Parents and Carers support – The Charlie Waller Trust

Young Minds

YoungMinds is a charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. Their website offers information and guidance for young people and their families. Click here to access an area dedicated to supporting parents which includes details about a helpline accessible Monday-Friday 9.30am-4pm.


PAPYRUS is a leading youth suicide prevention charity in the UK. They offer a suicide prevention helpline, HOPLINE247, which is staffed by trained suicide prevention advisers who work with young people, and anyone concerned for a young person, to help keep them safe. This can be accessed: 0800 068 4141, 07860 039967 (textline) and


Beat supports those affected by eating disorders. Their support includes a Helpline (which can be accessed by telephone, email or webchat) which is open 3pm-8pm, 7 days a week. Click here to find out more.

To find out more about how you can help someone close to you and other carer services offered, click here. Beat offers various training courses for those caring for someone with an eating disorder and they have also produced a booklet that parents and carers may find helpful. Click here to access.


Childline helps anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they are experiencing. Young people can talk about anything to trained counsellors and the service is free, confidential, and available any time, day or night. You may want to encourage your child to access the support offered by Childline. Click here to find out more.

NHS – Advice for Parents

Advice for parents – NHS (

Links to advice, support and guidance for parents of children and young people who are facing difficulties with their mental health.

Mental Health UK – Advice for Parents

Advice for parents and guardians – Mental Health UK

A resource library with tools to help parents and carers confidently engage in conversations about mental health, emotional well-being and resilience with the young people in your life.

BBC Headroom – Parents’ tips for mental health

BBC Headroom – Parents’ tips for mental health – BBC Bitesize

Wellbeing tips for parents to support a healthy, happy childhood – wit advice on food, sleep mindfulness, as well as ways to look after young people’s mental health, and self-care.

Brathay in Yorkshire and Humber

Brathay runs community programmes for children, young people and families across Yorkshire and Humber – offering a range of support and assistance, including mental health support.

Northorpe Hall

Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust

Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust is a West Yorkshire based charity specialising in the emotional wellbeing of children, young people and their families. They have recently lost much of their funding but continue to offer services and support for families.

Local Mental Health Support (Not Crisis)

Below are organisations providing “front door” Mental health support in our local areas (not crisis).

If someone is in immediate danger and you need urgent help or medical advice, please stay with the young person and contact your GP or take to A&E or call 999.