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Welcome to the area of the website dedicated to supporting you in your emotional wellbeing.

You'll find lots of useful information, resources and links on this page including contact details if you need to speak to someone.


A great place to learn, meet people, develop relationships and widen horizons.  It takes up five days a week, five hours a day. There are all the expected pressures of schoolwork, homework and taking exams. It can sometimes seem challenging and everyone occasionally has a bad day (even if we don’t show it!).  School is great with lots of new experiences, new friends, new information to absorb and skills to learn.


What is a friend? Someone who lets you be yourself and supports and encourages you. Everyone worries about making friends at school. They also worry when they fall out with their friends too. If you worry too much, you can sometimes start to feel lonely and think nobody likes you. It can seem like everyone has friends apart from you. But remember, everyone else is just the same – they’re all worried about making friends!  


Peer Pressure

Making friends is hard and sometimes, you try to fit in by doing what your friends want to do. Usually that’s things like supporting the same football team, buying similar clothes or listening to similar music all making you feel included and like you belong. But sometimes, you might feel pressured into joining in or doing things you don’t want to or can’t do, for example picking on someone else, messing about in lessons, skipping school or lessons, smoking, drinking alcohol or taking drugs or getting involved in activities that you feel unhappy doing. This can sometimes be very difficult to manage and can make you feel uncomfortable. Not wanting to do everything your friends want to do is completely normal and friends don't stop being friends if you don't always want to join in . Friends respect your decisions. 



As a young person you will experience all sorts of emotions.  Happiness, amusement, surprise and sometimes anger, sadness or fear.  During your life you will also experience stress.

What is stress? A time when you feel tension or emotional strain resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.

Stress is normal - feeling stressed-out is optional.  We all face stress-inducing moments throughout our day. Stress is a normal reaction in the body that creates the necessary nervous system activation to handle a challenging task. It becomes a problem when we are unable to discharge the stress (either naturally through exercise, or some other practices e.g. mindfulness).



When taking exams, test or completing assessments it is completely normal to feel anxiety and pressure.  This is a positive reaction as it is your brain's way of preparing you for a challenge and can increase your performance.  Occasionally these feelings can become overwhelming. 

What can you do to try and prevent this happening?

Be organised. Make sure you have all the information you need about each exam – date, time, place, what you need to take with you…and what subject it is! Have this available at home too so the people you live with know what you’re doing and when.

Balance revision with rest. Don’t neglect revision, but don’t overdo it.

Rest is important. Sleep well, eat well, exercise and look after yourself.

Go outside. You don’t need to be sitting in front of a computer or tablet in order to revise. Take your books and sit in the park in the sunshine; it’s good for the soul and the fresh air will help you concentrate.

Take care of yourself. Practice useful techniques like relaxation, mindfulness and breathing exercises.

Talk to people. Express any worries or fears you may have as soon as they pop into your head – you’ll be surprised at how many other people feel the same way; you’re not alone.



Regularly getting a good night’s sleep is very important to ensuring we enjoy good mental health. Thinking about sleep too much or trying to force yourself to sleep will only keep you awake.


Tips for Good Sleep

Dealing with worry. Learning how to relax both your body and mind will help you to get to sleep much more easily. Progressive relaxation techniques can help you to relax and unwind at these times. https://soundcloud.com/mentalhealthfoundation/sleep-relaxation-mp3-mental

Tech-free bedtime.  The bedroom should be somewhere that we associate with sleep. Where possible, you should try to remove distractions from your bedroom.  You should stop using these devices two hours before you go to sleep to reduce their impact on your sleeping.

Light, sound and temperature.  It may sound common sense but too much light and background noise can prevent you from falling asleep or staying asleep. Temperature is also important, consider layers of blankets or winter/summer duvets.

Foods that help and hinder.  Eating rice, oats and dairy products can produce chemicals that increase our desire to sleep. As well as the obvious caffeine, in terms of food and drink to avoid, things high in sugar can keep you awake if consumed late in the day. A big meal after mid-evening can also stop you from sleeping.

If you’re not tired, get up.  If you’re finding it difficult to get to sleep, don't just lie there worrying. Get up for a while and get a drink (no sugar or caffeine, remember!) try reading for a little while and go back to bed when you’re feeling a bit sleepier.

Keep a sleep diary.  Keeping a sleep diary to make a note of what the conditions were when you went to bed the night before can be useful for letting you look back and see what has and what hasn’t worked for you. It also helps you to see how your sleep varies from night to night, and might help you note patterns in your sleeping.

Time your exercise.   Exercising on a regular basis can help us sleep, helping to reduce anxiety and relieve stress. Exercising earlier in the day is better, as exercise increases the body’s adrenaline production, making it more difficult to sleep if done just before bedtime.

Prioritise managing physical symptoms.  As anyone who has tried to get to sleep with a blocked nose or headache knows, physical health problems can stop you from getting a good night's sleep.

No napping.   If you have trouble sleeping, you may feel tempted to catch up on sleep by taking naps. However, unless you’re feeling dangerously sleepy, this usually does more harm than good as it makes it more difficult to sleep at night.


Being bullied is a horrible feeling. It can take many different forms from name calling and teasing to threats, attacks and spreading rumours. Remember, bullying is always wrong, it is not your fault and your friends, family and teachers are there to help. It’s never wrong to tell on someone for bullying.


Speak to someone

If you need to speak to someone right now, please contact one of the following 24 hour services:

SAMARITANS: 116 123 or www.samaritans.org

CHILDLINE: 0800 1111 or www.childline.org.uk

If you would like advice on a particular area, please speak with your Head of House or Student Support Assistant


Mrs Chenery and Mrs Lomas


Miss Ashley and Mrs Osborne


Mr O'Connor and Mrs Stephens


Mr Mallaband and Ms Jilani

Sixth Form:

Mrs Stocks and Mrs Gaughan

Useful Links

The Amy Winehouse Foundation The Amy Winehouse Foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. We also aim to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential. We are driven by a powerful vision for young people, a world where young people can flourish.

The Corner The Corner is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for young people aged 10-18 in Sheffield. We offer advice and support to young people in the Sheffield area who are experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol.

DACT Sheffield Drug and Alcohol/Domestic Abuse Coordination Team (DACT) are responsible for two separate areas of work; support for victims of domestic abuse, and support and treatment for drug and alcohol misuse.

Door 43 You might not realise it, but emotional and mental health issues are quite common and you’re not on your own – we’re here to support you. Sometimes you just need space to think, and that’s cool, we all do. You can do that at Door43. At Door43, lots of different people work together to make sure that we always have someone to hand who can help – including youth workers, counsellors, substance misuse workers, sexual health workers, careers advisors, volunteers, peer supporters and more!

Epic Friends This site is all about helping you to help your friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally.

Golddigger Trust Sheffield's young people’s wellbeing charity, supporting hundreds of young people aged 11-19 to holistically ‘unearth their value’ and recognise their potential and worth. Support includes drop in sessions, group self-esteem and mental health courses, 1:1 mentoring, wellbeing activities and much more. Based in S11 (Psalter Lane) and open to all young people in Y7-13 for support both in schools, and through after school activities.

Interchange Interchange Sheffield is an emotional well-being service for children and young people under 25. We provide a range of interventions aimed at supporting their emotional well-being and mental health, including counselling, art therapy, therapeutic group work, resilience building and mental health aware-ness raising workshops.

NSPCC Child abuse is preventable - not inevitable. And it’s up to each of us to do everything possible to keep childhood safe from abuse, so children can grow up healthy and thrive. That’s why we're here and drives what we do. So as long as there’s abuse – we will fight for every childhood.

Sayit Are you aged 12-25 and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or are affected by HIV? Would you like to access information and support?

Sheffield Futures We are here for everyone, but in particular, we give help and guidance to young people. Whatever their situation,

Sheffield Young Carers Sheffield Young Carers is an independent charity that has existed in Sheffield since 1997. We are dedicated to supporting young carers across the city.

Syeda We provide non-judgmental support to people affected by eating disorders.

Young Minds We’re the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.

Useful Resources

Useful Apps

Calm Harm

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm

Useful Books

My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic – Michael A. Tompkins, Katherine A. Martinez and Michael Sloan.

The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens – Jennifer Shannon