Wellbeing & Mental Health

“Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
(World Health Organization 2014)

At The Greetland Academy, we acknowledge the high importance of our pupils and staff developing and maintaining good mental health and wellbeing, as well as physical health. We are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. it is our vision that all children are entitled to develop to their fullest potential academically, socially, emotionally and into healthy well beings, enabling each child to grow in confidence and be able to fully participate in everything that goes on in the wider community with confidence. It is widely recognised that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning, as well as their physical and social health and their mental wellbeing in adulthood. At our school we know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support.
At our school we:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
  • encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks

We promote a mentally healthy environment through:

  • Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging
  • Promoting pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision-making
  • Celebrating academic and non-academic achievements
  • Providing opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
  • Providing opportunities to reflect.
  • Access to appropriate support that meets their needs

The aim of this area of the website is to provide links to good quality information and guidance on mental health and wellbeing. Follow the links below for advice for parents/carers in supporting your children and looking after your own mental wellbeing. We encourage parents and pupils with any concerns to speak to a member of staff.

Useful Sites:



Introducing our Educational Mental Health Practitioner

Hello everyone!

I’m Steph and I am a Trainee Educational Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) in the Calderdale Mental Health Support Team (MHST). My team is part of the Open Minds Partnership and helps children and young people to improve their mental and emotional health.

I’m trained in a special type of intervention based on evidence of what works best for children and their parents and carers called Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

I might work with you, or your family, for a short period of time if you have been feeling very sad or worried for a while. I can also help by working with adults at your school to think about other types of support that might help you. Another part of my job is looking at ways that The Greetland Academy can help everyone at your school with their mental health.

If you feel that the Mental Health Support team could help you or your family, please speak to Miss Simpson.

I’m really looking forward to working with your lovely school and getting to know you more!

Stephanie Holmes | Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP)
Northpoint Wellbeing LTD

20/07/21: We are very pleased to announce that we have been accepted onto Calderdale’s Mental Health Support Team (MHST) programme. Our place in the programme begins in November 2021.

The three core functions of an MHST:
1.Delivering low intensity evidence-based interventions (mild to moderate MH problems)
2.Supporting the Mental health Lead (SLT) to develop your whole school approach
3.Giving timely advice to school staff, liaising with external services to get the right support for your children and families so they can stay in education.

Click on the image below to find out more.

21/04/21: Click the images below for tops tips and guidance: