Mental Health

At Brannel School we believe that good mental health and well-being can best be realised by creating a whole school culture that seeks to promote positive relationships throughout the school.

The emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people is just as important as their physical health

Good mental health allows young people to develop their resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them, and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults. Most children grow up mentally healthy, but surveys suggest that more children and young people have problems with their mental health today than 30 years ago. That may be due to changes in the way we live now and how that affects the experience of growing up.

We are constantly striving to improve our offer for our students. We use the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools award to help us do this. We have currently achieved the Carnegie Silver Award.


If you would like further advice or feel your child may need support with any mental health issue, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Pastoral Team on 01726 822485.

Mr John Doherty – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – [email protected]
Mrs Caroline Hunt – Deputy DSL and Student Welfare Officer – [email protected]
Mrs Jordan Nash – Deputy DSL and Pastoral Team Manager – [email protected]
Ms Caroline Hill – Pastoral Officer – [email protected]
Mrs Abi Hearn – School Counsellor – [email protected]

Useful Links

MindEd For Families
Safe and reliable advice about young people’s mental health, created by experts and parents together’

Your Way
Your way is a partnership between youth and mental health services in Cornwall.  Passionate about all aspects of their work, they provide quality youth services in Cornwall for, and with, young people aged 10 and over. Your way provides information, advice and guidance, counselling, mentoring and youth work, as well as opportunities to volunteer on projects to make a difference.

XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

Young people can contact childline about anything – whatever their worry – it is better out than in! They are there to support you and help you find ways to cope.  They offer online and telephone counsellor support

Young Minds
We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

The Mix
The Mix is a support service for young people. They are there to help you take on any challenge you are facing, from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.  Talk to us via online, social or our free, confidential helpline.

Selfharm UK
Website for young people and parents that gives greater understanding of self-harm and offers support.