Wellbeing and Mental Health

Wellbeing and Mental Health at the Orchard

We are committed to providing all our learners with rich and diverse experiences which promote their wellbeing, as well as their personal and social development.

We know that in order to secure positive outcomes for our learners, promoting and prioritising positive mental health is essential.

At our school, we offer a range of core therapies which are carefully chosen and delivered to have the maximum positive impact on learner’s emotional wellbeing and resilience.

We are proud to work with Fortis Therapy who are a team of dedicated, qualified therapists, counsellors, trainers, coaches and mediators based in Lincolnshire.

Our core therapies include one-to-one counselling sessions provided by Fortis Therapy, Pet Therapy, Thera-play, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Art Therapy, Lego Therapy, and “Talkabout”, a social skills development programmes.

Young Minds

Young Minds Parent Support 

YoungMinds offers free confidential online and telephone support to anyone worried about the emotional and mental wellbeing of a child or young person up to the age of 25.

  • call the free parents’ helpine on 0808 802 5544 from 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
  • email parents@youngminds.org.uk and YoungMinds will respond to your query within 3 working days

Young Minds Matter

Young Minds Matter support children and young people via a range of methods, over the phone or via video or face-to-face (if appropriate).

Young people up to the age of 19 can contact them Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm on 01472 252570 to discuss any worries or concerns. Outside of these hours the all age crisis 24/7 line can be used.

All Age 24/7 Crisis Line

The All Age 24/7 Crisis Line is a joint venture between the local authority, local NHS mental health services provider NAVIGO and Young Minds Matter. This mental health support service offers professional support to people affected by mental health and emotional wellbeing concerns and can be accessed by calling 01472 256256 and choosing option 3.

MindEd for Families

MindEd for families is a branch of MindEd, intended to support parents and those caring for children and young people.

MindEd is an online e-portal offering free, simple advice about children and young people’s mental health for all adults.

Although MindEd is aimed at professionals, parents and carers may also find the information helpful.

Kooth Online Counselling

Kooth is a free, safe, confidential and non-stigmatised way for young people to receive counselling, advice, and support online 365 days a year.

They provide:

  • a text-based chat/messaging function
  • a schedule function to provide booked sessions with a named counsellor on a regular basis – depending on risk and need
  • a range of forums which are pre-moderated, offering facilitated peer support
  • live discussion groups
  • an online magazine
  • information, activities and self-care tools and resources.

Kooth is available for 11 – 25 year olds with the website available at all times at https://www.kooth.com/.

Counsellors are available to chat, Monday to Friday from 12:00pm to 10:00pm and on weekends, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.

Other Useful Links

We are advocates of the NHS’s Every Mind Matters campaign and are pleased to share a number of resources below which can support in times of emotional distress or overwhelm.