All of our mental health interventions respond to the varying needs of the young person, from cognitive and psychoeducational input, through to therapy spaces offering creative therapy to explore thoughts, feelings and being states, that may not be accessible through language alone. The therapeutic relationship is the trusting foundation of all of our interventions, and therefore our therapists are familiar faces around school.
The Bridge is a specialist provision within St Edward's that has created a space outside of the wider school that pupils can access at any time during their academic journey. It is a positive, emphatic space where experienced therapists, specialist coaches and teachers spend time with pupils in a one to one or a small group addressing pupils needs.
At St Edward’s School we aim to support all aspects of our pupils’ physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Wellbeing support is integrated in every interaction a pupil has with adults in school, from the household and kitchen teams, to teachers and classroom assistants, to the pastoral team and senior leaders. Should a member of our school community need a greater level of therapeutic support, we also offer a tiered approach to mental health support. This support increases in specialism as you progress through, comprising of our Consultant Clinical Psychologist, trained mental health first aiders and specialist coaches.
We also regularly hold whole school assemblies sharing information about mental health and what we can do to support ourselves and each other. We talk about the importance of the ‘Ask Twice’ rule, which is, if you are worried about another person, ask them if they are ok, and then ask them again.