Mental Health and Well-being

At Prior Pursglove and Stockton Sixth Form College, we are extremely committed to providing effective support for our students’ mental health and well-being to ensure they get the most out of their time here – and beyond!

If you would like to learn more about what can affect a person’s mental health and well-being, either for yourself or someone else, click on the links below for further information and resources.

In each section, there is additional information for parents and carers.


Grief, Loss and Death
Low Mood
Sexuality and Gender Identity
Stress and Burnout
Suicidal Ideation
Mental Health Support Services


Further Information

  • Anxiety

    What is anxiety? Anxiety is something we all experience at some point in our lives. It is a normal response to situations which may seem threatening. For example, it would be natural to feel anxious when sitting a driving test, taking an exam or being interviewed. Anxiety can actually help us to focus and cope […]

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  • Apps & Resources

    Apps and resources for mental wellbeing Managing mental health can take many forms, some access therapy, some listen to podcasts, others use apps. There are lots of mental health apps to choose from in your app store that can assist with a number of different issues and many of these apps are free of charge. […]

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  • College Therapy Service

    We understand that there are times when a young person may experience problems, feel under pressure, and find it hard to cope. Our therapeutic counsellors can offer support, understanding, and will listen and respond in a non-judgmental way. Ultimately, they will respect students’ values, choices and lifestyles as they work with them to help them […]

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  • Grief, Loss and Death

    What is grief? Grief is an emotional response to loss. Loss can include: the death of a family member, friend, pet, someone significant; illness and its impact; losing something really important to you, or the end of a relationship. You may feel a whole range of emotions and be impacted physically, mentally and socially. There’s […]

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  • Low Mood

    What is low mood? Sometimes life can be challenging and it can make us feel down. We can all feel sad or low in mood at times, and we might even feel unable to cope. Sometimes it will be obvious why we feel low, perhaps if we’ve gone through difficult life events, and other times […]

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  • Mental Health Support Services

    Local Services                         National Services   Your first choice ‘go to’ website for all things mental health and young people: from practical advice to helping you find support.   If you are under 19 you can confidentially call, chat online or email about any […]

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  • Self-esteem

    What is self-esteem? Self-esteem is how we think and feel about ourselves. It isn’t just about how we look, but also how confident we feel in who we are. If our self-esteem is high, we’re not too worried about what other people think, or how much we get wrong, because we accept ourselves just the […]

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  • Self-harm

    If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, call the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) crisis team immediately on 0800 516171 or 999. They are available 24/7 and will support you through your crisis.   What is self-harm? Self-harm is when someone hurts themselves on purpose. Examples of self-harm include cutting, burning, poisoning, […]

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  • Sexuality and Gender Identity

    It is important to note that sexuality and gender identity are NOT mental health issues. However, some young people may struggle before accepting their sexuality and gender identity, and may need extra support during this time. What is sexuality? Sexuality and sexual orientation is about who someone feels physically and emotionally attracted to. This can […]

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  • Sleep

    Sleep is an essential function. It allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. Healthy sleep also helps the body remain healthy and fight off diseases. Without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly. This can impair your abilities to concentrate, think clearly, and process memories. Healthy […]

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  • Staff Welfare

    At Prior Pursglove College, we are passionate about staff wellbeing as we value and care about our workforce and believe wellbeing is at the heart of championing better working lives. In the UK around 70 million working days are lost each year due to mental ill health.  At Prior Pursglove College we recognise that by […]

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  • Stress and Burnout

    What is stress and burnout? We may feel stressed when we feel under pressure. A small amount of stress can be motivating and help us to achieve our goals. However, too much stress, when it feels out of control, can impact our mood, our mental health and well-being, and our relationships. Some people, when they […]

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  • Substances

    Teenagers and young adults are more likely to experiment, test boundaries and take risks. Smoking, vaping, drinking and trying drugs are some of the most common ways in which many young people do this. Across the UK, the use of both legal and illegal drugs among adolescents is becoming increasingly widespread. Substance misuse is also […]

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  • Suicidal Ideation

    If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, call the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) crisis team immediately on 0800 516171 or 999. They are available 24/7 and will support you through your crisis. Though you may feel overwhelmed – it’s important to remember these feelings will pass.   What is suicidal ideation? […]

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