Health and Wellbeing

Our health and wellbeing programme at Castle View Enterprise Academy provides students with the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing

Research shows that there are five simple things that you can do as part of your daily life to build resilience, boost your wellbeing and improve your mental health. These are known as the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

Way What In Action
Connect Strengthening relationships with others and feeling close to and valued by others is critical to boosting wellbeing. Connect with the people around you. Talk to your family, friends and neighbours. Make a new friend.
Keep Learning Being curious and seeking out new experiences positively stimulates the brain. Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Take on a new responsibility.
Be Active
Being physically active improves physical health and can improve mood and wellbeing and decrease stress, depression and anxiety.
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Play a game. Walk the dog. Join an extra-curricular club. Walk or cycle to school.
Carrying out acts of kindness, whether small or large, can increase happiness, life satisfaction and general sense of wellbeing.
Be kind. Thank someone. Volunteer your time. Smile. Help with household chores. Become a Castle View Enterprise Academy Leader.
Take Notice
Paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings and to the world around, boosts our wellbeing.
Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment. Think about how you are feeling today. Write down three things you are grateful for.


At its most basic level, mindfulness helps train your attention to be more aware of what is actually happening, rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen. We learn to bring greater curiosity to whatever it is we experience. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founding father of secular mindfulness, described this skill as 'being alive and knowing it'. Students are introduced to mindfulness in their LifeSkills lessons. The videos below demonstrate the main techniques which students have practised.

Sources of Support

Find helpful resources for support.


Offers advice to anyone under 19 with any issue they are experiencing.

Visit Childline Website Call Childline Free On 0800 1111

Support and tips to help keep your child safe covering a wide range of topics.

Visit NSPCC Website

Alcohol and Drugs

Talk to Frank
Facts, support and advice on drugs and alcohol.

Visit Talk To Frank Website Visit Talk To Frank Website - Parent

Alcohol Change UK
Advice and support on alcohol.

Visit Alcohol Change Website

County Lines
Information to help identify signs of County Lines exploitation, and where to get help.

Download County Lines Leaflet


Child Bereavement UK
Support children and young people up to the age of 25 who are facing bereavement, and anyone impacted by the death of a child of any age.

Visit Child Bereavement UK Website Call Child Bereavement On 0800 02 888 40

Winston's Wish
Winston's Wish is a childhood bereavement charity in the UK. The charity offers a wide range of practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals

Visit Winston's Wish Website

Healthy Eating

Change4Life aims to ensure parents have the essential support and tools they need to make healthier choices for their families.

Visit Change4Life Website Visit Change4Life Recipes

BBC Good Food Guide
Ideas and recipes for healthy lunchboxes.

Visit BBC Good Food Website

Healthy Relationships and Sexual Health

Information about sexual health. 'Ask Brook' is a service that gives support and signposting for anyone under 25, anywhere in the UK.

Visit Brook Website

Provides confidential sexual health advice for young people aged 13 to 24.

Visit CCard Website

Relate are the UK's largest provider of relationship support. They help people of all ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities to strengthen their relationships.

Visit Relate Website

Mental Health

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Offers information, advice and resources to help young people support their own mental health, including signposting to sources of support in times of crisis and tools to help young people manage their own wellbeing. Anna Freud Parents and Carers resources offer advice and guidance to help support children and young people who may be struggling with poor mental health.

Visit Anna Freud Website Visit Anna Freud Parents Website

An online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for young people.

Visit Kooth Website

Washington Mind

Washington Mind Young People's Project offer one to one counselling and groupwork for young people aged 11 and over who live in Sunderland.

Visit Washington Mind Website

Well Being Info
Information around improving mental health and wellbeing including local support services, links to useful websites and information about a range of mental health and wellbeing issues.

Visit Well Being Info Website

Young Minds
The UK's leading charity for children and young people's mental health. The website has lots of practical advice and tips on supporting your child - from how to encourage your child to open up about their feelings to dealing with mental health services. You can call the Young Minds Parents Helpline for detailed advice, emotional support and signposting about a child or young person up to the age of 25. 9:30am - 4pm, Monday - Friday

Visit Young Minds Website Visit Young Minds Parent Website Call Young Minds Free On 0808 802 5544

Information for young people on exam stress, with advice on how to cope and where to go for support.

Visit Mind Website


GamCare is the leading UK provider of free information, advice and support for anyone harmed by gambling. Their expert services are confidential and non-judgemental.

Visit GamCare Website

Gamblers Anonymous
This site offers various support including a forum, a chat room, literature and a meeting finder.

Visit Gamblers Anonymous Website


Family Lives
Family Lives is a leading charity providing advice and support to anyone affected by bullying. This includes bullying in the workplace.

Visit Family Lives Website


LGBT Foundation
LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

Visit LGBT Foundation Website


Stonewall campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people across Britain. They provide help, advice and information for LGBT communities and their allies.

Contact Stonewall's Information Service | Stonewall


Money Health and Money Advice
Mental Health and Money Advice provide clear, practical advice and support for people experiencing issues with mental health and money.

Visit Mental Health and Money Advice Website

StepChange is the UK's leading debt charity to get expert debt advice and fee-free debt management.

Visit StepChange Website


Gingerbread are a charity supporting single parent families.

Visit Gingerbread Website

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