Mental Health & Wellbeing



Health & Wellbeing Help for Young People and Families


At The Taunton Academy we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all students and staff. We have a Christian ethos based on our aim for everyone to have ‘life in all its fullness’ and integrated in our values of aspiration, integrity and respect. There are lots of wellbeing support available to students in school, anyone needing support can initially speak to their Tutor or Year Leader.

Every week we have Wellbeing Wednesday and tutors lead wellbeing moments with their tutor group, we also have assemblies and character education themed around wellbeing topics. Every Monday there is a school nurse clinic for advice and support around physical, emotional or sexual health. Students can arrange an appointment through Chat Health or by speaking to their year leader.

Our student Wellbeing Champions also help to promote positive wellbeing throughout the school and within their tutor groups and year groups.

Other sources of support can be found below

Support Links

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Mindline Somerset

Call 01823 276 892

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Confidential chat and support from the Taunton School Nurse Team.

Students (11-19 years) can text 07480 635 516

Parents (with a child 5-19 years) can text 07480 635 515

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Young Somerset

If you have a child 5-19 and looking for confidential help and advice? Just send a text to your School Nurse Team. Text 07480 635515

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Somerset Big Tent

Somerset Big Tent is a partnership of Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise organisations that provide a range of services including positive activities, therapeutic services and specialist support to increase positive wellbeing and improve mental health within children and young people aged 5-25 in Somerset.


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Discreet and quick. If you’re aged 11-19 it only takes one text to start making a difference. You’ll get confidential advice from a local School Nurse. You don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to. Text 07480 635516

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Young Minds

Advice and mental health support for young people. They also have a parent helpline. Call for free 08088025544 Mon – Fri 9:30 – 4pm


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Advice, support & resources. Call 0800 1111 – the number won’t show on your phone bill. Childline is a private and confidential service for children and young people.

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Winston’s Wish

Advice, Support and resources to support bereavement.

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2BU Somerset

Help, advice and support for young people, parents and carers about LGBTQ+.

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(24/7) Call 116 123 Email Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide.

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PARYPRUS is the national UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Call 0800 068 4141 9am to 12am (midnight) every day of the year Text 07786 209697. Email

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For further Health & Wellbeing tips, advice & information including support for parents and carers go to the Public Health website.