Mental Health & Wellbeing

Somerset County Council: Half Term Activity Programme (31st May – 4th June 2021)

Below you will find an inclusive activities calendar for the May/June half term.  These activities are for children who have disabilities or additional needs, and include a variety of face-to-face, online and activity packs delivered to the young person’s door.  You can find more information about the Community Inclusion Activity Team at Children with Disabilities Service (somerset.gov.uk)

Click here for the half term activity calendar


Wellbeing Challenges 

We have launched a weekly wellbeing challenge for all students, Each week you will find seven tasks to try, all intended to boost your general mental health and wellbeing.  We have also produced a log sheet that you might light to use to record your actions, and you like to share what you have been doing with your tutor and student Wellbeing Champions. The log sheet is available to download below or you can create your own.  Challenges will be added to this section of the website each week.  We hope you enjoy the challenges!

Wellbeing Teen Sleep Hub.

Free Online Wellbeing Course For Families

Managing Mental Health Wellbeing at Home

Mental Wellbeing Teen Sleep Hub.

Mental Wellbeing Lifehacks during Covid-19

Wellbeing Challenges Log 2021

Wellbeing Challenge – Week 1

Wellbeing Challenge – Week 2

Wellbeing Challenge – Week 3

Wellbeing Challenge – Week 4

Wellbeing Challenge – Week 5

Wellbeing Challenge – Week 6

Wellbeing Challenge – Week 7


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 caring 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 is 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 Tuesday 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:

Mental Health & Wellbeing Help for Young People & Families

Teenage Years



Parents of children 0-4: Confidential help from the Health Visiting Team for Parents and Carers of 0-4 years. Text 07480 635514


Parents of children 5-19 years: 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


Young People 11-19 years: 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


Free, safe & anonymous online support



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

Young Minds


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. You can contact Childline for free about anything – no problem is too big or too small.



Advice, Support and resources to support bereavement

Winstons Wish


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



Samaritans – for everyone, (24/7)  Call 116 123    Email jo@samaritans.org
Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.



PARYPRUS is the national UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. You can contact them for help and guidance for yourself or for someone else in your care.

Call 0800 068 4141 9am to 12am (midnight) every day of the year

Text 07786 209697. Email pat@papyrus-uk.org



An excellent resource for parents and carers of children who self harm:

Coping with Self Harm – guide for parents and carers

 And More…

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


How should we manage stress or our feelings of worry about unexpected change? There are a lot of things you can do to look after yourself. Just as we look after our physical health, it’s important to look after our mental health. In fact the two are very closely connected.

Download a self care pack here:

Final Selfcare Summer Secondary

EPS Helpline Sept20

Building Confidence and resilience – MindEd for Families

Talking Mental Health with Young People

Teen Sleep Matters Schools Pack Advice Sheet

Staying well during revision and exams

ACEs webinar for parents and carers


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