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Mental Health & Wellbeing

At Harris Academy Morden we take great pride in the way we support and care for all members of our Academy community. Nationally, we know that the context relating to wellbeing and mental health has changed significantly and there are a growing number of adults and children who are suffering with mental health issues.

At Harris Academy Morden we aim to create an environment where all children and adults understand the importance of taking care of their emotional wellbeing which includes promoting good positive mental health. We recognise that we have an active role in protecting our students from issues which may arise surrounding mental health and self-harm. Our vision is for all students to be self-managers of their own wellbeing, having developed the tools and strategies to be able to look after their own mental health. At the same time we ensure all members of our Academy are aware that there are always people available to support them should they need additional help.




Lynn Edwards, Designated Safeguarding Lead and Julie Shepherd Deputy Safeguarding Lead both lead on Mental Health at Harris Academy Morden. We have a team of both student and staff Mental Health Informed Champions.

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 offer the following guidance:

Where children have suffered abuse and neglect, or other potentially traumatic adverse childhood experiences, this can have a lasting impact throughout their childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. It is key that staff are aware of how these children’s experiences, can impact on their mental health, behaviour, attendance and progress at school.

The National Society of Prevention to Cruelty to children ( NSPCC) states that recognising the signs that a child may be struggling with their mental health can be really hard and offer advice and support for any child who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings or self-harm. Please click on the following link to access the NSPCC website: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/

Wave 6 Merton Mental Health team

I am pleased to inform you that Harris Academy Morden are part of the Wave 6 Merton Mental Health team. The team which includes a clinical psychologist and Education Wellbeing Practitioners, offers:

  • Workshops and webinars on mental health
  • Signposting to appropriate services
  • Early intervention: (NHS funded) one-to-one, guided self-help programmes in school for young people who are struggling with anxiety or low mood.

If you would like more information please speak to Mrs Edwards or Mrs Milton Mental Health Leads on: 020 8687 1157.

Further support contact details: