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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

At OSCA we work tirelessly to ensure that all of our students receive the support that they need to achieve their full potential.  Positive mental health and high levels of emotional wellbeing are essential to this. 

Mental health is about being in a state of mind that allows you to rationally make decisions and interact in a normal fashion with others in society. Common features of mental health include memory, the ability to process information and deductive reasoning skills.  Emotional well-being is closely linked to mental health, as they are both affected primarily by the human mind. The difference is, whilst mental health is more to do with rational decision-making, emotional health is more to do your mood and behaviour, for example, your self-esteem and self-confidence.

In supporting young people with their mental health and emotional wellbeing, we believe in:

  • Creating positive and friendly environments
  • Being vigilant and observant -  able to spot the warning signs
  • Taking time to listen to students in a non-judgemental way
  • Being sensitive to their needs
  • Signposting them to help (professional if required) and support
  • Encouraging them to use self-help strategies
  • Creating opportunities for learning about mental health and wellbeing - assemblies, L4S and the wider curriculum

Young people can speak to anybody in the academy if they are concerned about their, or a friend's, mental health and emotional wellbeing.  However, we have several staff with specific training in this area.


Five members of staff are trained in Mental Health First Aid:

Mr M. Sorby = Assistant Principal and Mental Health Lead
Mrs G. Garner = Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs L. Bowater = SPACE Mentor
Mrs P. Kaur = SPACE Mentor
Miss B. Corbett = Assistant Curriculum Leader - English


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, mental health first aid teaches how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

The MHFA course is an internationally recognised course designed specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 8 to 18 years.

The course includes:

  • Spotting the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Raising confidence in helping someone experiencing a problem
  • Providing help on a first aid basis
  • Helping to prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Helping to stop a mental illness from getting worse
  • Helping someone recover faster
  • Guidance towards the right support
  • How to reduce the stigma of mental health problems

Other staff who are experienced in this area include Mr Morgan (Senior Vice Principal), Mrs Dickens (SENDCo), our SPACE Mentors, Heads of House and Assistant Heads of House.

Further advice, support and guidance can be found at:


Sandwell CAMHS

NHS Moodzone

Young Minds

Family Lives

BEAM Sandwell