Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental Health & Wellbeing

At The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy we commit to making it our mission to promote resilience and positive wellbeing for all our students and staff.  We understand wellbeing is a state of being comfortable, healthy and happy.  We will drive the message forward, to ensure that mental health is “everyone’s business” across the whole school community.  We will strive to create an environment that has a whole school approach, in providing excellent mental health support, understanding and intervention.

Through the PSHE curriculum and a wide range of opportunities from external agencies, students are encouraged to look after themselves, develop resilience and be mindful of their own mental health. 

If you are feeling low or unsafe, it is important you talk to someone you trust and let them know how you feel.  Sometimes it can be difficult to talk to friends and family so here are some other places you can contact instead:

Croydon School Nursing – 020 8274 6391
Childline – 0800 1111
Samaritans – 116 123
Hopeline – 0800 068 4141
NSPCC – 0808 800 5000

Mental Health & Wellbeing links

Action for Children (practical, emotional care and support)

 Anxiety UK (for help, resources and information on anxiety)

 Babble Carers (online community for young carers)

 B-eat (for help, resources and information on eating disorders)

 Be Mindful (for mindfulness/meditation/calming tools)

Bullying (practical information and advice)

 Calm (charity aiming to help men’s mental health) or call 0800 58 58 58

 Kidscape (information and advice on all types of bullying) or call 08451 205 204

 Kooth (online mental wellbeing community) 

 It gets better (specific to LGBTQ+ mental health) 

  National Centre for Eating Disorders (confidential counselling service for people with eating disorders) or call 0845 838 2040

 National Self-Harm Network (support for people who self-harm to find support and alternatives) 

 Papyrus (helpline for young people) or call 0800 068 41 41

Place2Be (issue specific resources/helplines)

Off the Record (a safe place to talk and get advice) (a safe place to talk and get advice)

 Switchboard (LGBQT+ advice and mental health hotline) or call 0300 330 0630

The Be You Protect (specific to LGBTQ+ mental health)

The Mix (resources and online support on sex, relationships, drugs, mental health, money and jobs)

Young Minds (young people’s mental health charity)

Youth 2 Youth (confidential and anonymous support via helpline and online chat) or call 020 8896 3675

 Staying Safe Online

We encourage our students to use the internet to connect, communicate and become independent learners. However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. The following websites offer advice to ensure your child remains safe online.

 Useful Apps

 Headspace – Everyday mindfulness and meditation for stress, anxiety, sleep, focus, fitness 


Calm Harm – A free app to help teenagers manage self-harm


Mee Two – regulated, confidential app for teenagers to, safely, discuss their worries


Calm – For meditation and sleep