Advice For Parents

Mental Health and Wellbeing

At The Archbishop’s School Canterbury, we are committed to supporting the positive mental health and wellbeing of our whole school community (students, staff, parents and carers). We recognise that mental health and emotional wellbeing is just as important to our lives physical health. At The Archbishop’s School Canterbury we endeavour to ensure that students are able to manage times of change and stress. We aim to ensure that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that students learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.

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At The Archbishop’s School Canterbury we have a team oversees Mental Health and Wellbeing:

Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader: Ms K. Pearce 

Assistant Headteacher & SENDCo: Mrs G. Read


Online resources to support Mental Health and Wellbeing can be found on the following websites:


Butterfly Project (girls)

Phoenix Project (boys) 0800 9888376

Gender Identity

In times of crisis

Childline 0800 1111

Samaritans 116 123

Mental Health-

Hub of Hope

National mental health database- will find all local services relating to mental health

The Anthony Seddon Centre-

An organisation set up by a Tameside family to support people with mental health issues in the local area.

Apps and Websites

The most well know are

The Place to Be-

A charity that specialises in supporting children and their families with their mental health needs through a range of different services.

Our students also might find helpful

Mindful Gnats

An app to help young people develop mindfulness and relaxation skills.


MindShift is a free app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it. Lists symptoms of anxiety. Offers strategies to manage worry, panic, conflict, ordinary anxiety, and three specialised categories of anxiety: test anxiety, social anxiety, and perfectionism. Also contains relaxation exercises.

Mood Tracker

A website/app which lets you track moods and sleep patterns helping to manage depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.


MoodGYM is a free, fun, interactive program to help young people with low mood. Based on cognitive behaviour and interpersonal therapy, it consists of five modules, which help you to explore:

  • Why you feel the way you do
  • Changing the way you think
  • Knowing what makes you upset
  • Assertiveness and interpersonal skills training


Recovery Record

Recovery Record is the smart companion for managing your journey to recovery from eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, obsessive eating disorder, binge eating disorder and compulsive eating disorder.

Rise Up + Recover

Rise Up + Recover is just the app for you if you are struggling with food, dieting, exercise and body image. Based off self-monitoring homework, a cornerstone of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), it is a simple and convenient app that has been used millions of time around the world.


SmilingMind is modern meditation for young people from 7 years up. It is a free web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives. Smiling Mind was created in Australia and is aimed at helping young people de-stress and stay calm. There are tailored programmes for different age groups.


SuperBetter is a free web and app based programme created by game designers. Playing SuperBetter helps build personal resilience: the ability to stay strong, motivated, and optimistic even in the face of difficult challenges. Resilience has a powerful effect on health – by boosting physical and emotional well-being. SuperBetter is for young people over the age of 13 who want to feel happier, healthier, and more able to reach their goals.

Wellbeing During Exams

We all know that exams can be an extremely challenging and stressful time. If you’re struggling to manage your mood or anxiety levels, don’t keep it to yourself. Friends and family members can be a great source of support, as well as your teachers and support staff.

These websites have lots of advice on taking care of yourself during revision, examinations, and waiting for the results:

  Whether you’re revising, waiting for your exam results, prepping for a job interview or just feeling a bit stressed, we’ve asked those who’ve been through it to share their wisdom.

While revising for exams, we are often advised to take time out and look after our mental health but how can we do this? Our activist, Rose, shares her favourite ways.

The Mind Set – YoungMinds is working in partnership with BBC Learning to launch The Mind Set, the UK’s first national peer-to-peer coaching network for GCSE students. The Mind Set provides information and support on how to manage exam stress. Advice comes from 12 trusted student coaches who have been through it before. They have made videos about their experiences, including about looking after their mental health, and they have also shared their stories with listeners on Radio 1’s Live Surgery.