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Health and Wellbeing

Welcome to our dedicated health and wellbeing page

Health and wellbeing at Risedale

On this page, you will find lots of useful information and support available in school, locally, nationally and online. In these challenging times, it's never been more important that we look after both the physical and mental health of ourselves and our loved ones.

Meet our School Counsellor Lisa Smith

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On the 11th January 2021, Lisa Smith joined the Risedale Family as our new full-time School Counsellor. Lisa has worked as a counsellor for the past 6 years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the school’s pastoral team.

Lisa works mainly with pupils in a school offering 1:1 counselling sessions, providing early help for any mental health issues. Lisa also provides support for our staff as everyone's wellbeing is important at Risedale. A happy school is a successful school!

Wellbeing Champions at Risedale:

Here at Risedale School, we care about every part of our pupils' lives and so we have developed a dedicated team of staff to act as a support network for when times get tough. All members of the 'Risedale Family' can be approached at any time. Well-being is key.

Your Wellbeing Champions at Risedale are: Mrs Wright, Ms Benson, Mrs Deighton and Mr Gunnell.

Health advice regarding COVID-19:

Parents/carers, please familiarise yourself with the most up to date advice on what to do if you or your child(ren) become unwell:

The importance of hygiene: 'Protect yourself and others '

  • Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the 'Catch it, Bin it, Kill it' strategy for those with coughs and sneezes. 
    When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands!).
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially when you get home from school/work, blow your nose/sneeze or cough, eat or handle food.
  • Try to avoid close contact with unwell people.
  • Wear a face covering as and when required/requested.

Supporting your child's medical needs at Risedale:

Our staff are here to help pupils and families with their medical needs whilst at Risedale. We offer support on a day-to-day basis, working alongside our Senior Leadership Team to ensure that Healthcare Plans for pupils with more specific needs are met appropriately. Many of our staff are trained in first aid and receive regular and ongoing training.

If you would like to discuss any matters regarding your child's medical needs and how we can best support them at school please feel free to the Risedale reception 01748 83350.

Parents and carers are responsible for:

  • Keeping the school informed about any changes to their child/children's health.
  • Completing a parental agreement for the school to administer medicine form before bringing medication into school.
  • Providing the school with the medication their child requires and keeping it up to date.
  • Collecting any leftover medicine at the end of the course or year.
  • Discussing medications with their child/children prior to requesting that a staff member administers the medication.
  • Where necessary, developing an Individual Healthcare Plan (IHCP) for their child in collaboration with the Headteacher, other staff members and healthcare professionals.

The following document may be of help to you and also contains some of our medical consent forms:

NHS Vaccinations:

Parents/carers, to consent for your child to receive their NHS vaccinations please visit:

Alcohol Education Trust

The Alcohol Education Trust support parents, carers, teachers and community leaders to keep young people safe around alcohol. Their website has a dedicated Parent Area which offers tips and guidance for parents to approach the issue of drinking with their children. Talking about it early on will help your child to understand alcohol and its effects, and make sensible choices about drinking in the future.


Childline: "We're here for you, whatever's on your mind. We'll support you. Guide you. Help you make decisions that are right for you. 0800 1111. Our tips and techniques, ideas and inspiration, can help you feel more in control. And you can access them in your own time, at your own pace!"

The Children's Society:

The Children's Society has a range of support materials available for young people, parents and schools including: Mental health and wellbeing A‑Z | Anxiety and OCD | Depression and Mood | Loneliness | Emotional Resilience | Mental Resilience | County Lines and Criminal Exploitation.

  • Criminal Exploitation is when individuals or gangs target children and force them to carry out criminal activity. Exploiters may force young people to deal drugs, steal, commit violent or sexual acts and traffic them.
  • County Lines is the term used for the organised criminal distribution of drugs from the big cities into smaller towns and rural areas using children and vulnerable people. Although cannabis is occasionally linked to the county lines organisations, it is harder drugs that provide the focus: heroin, cocaine, and amphetamines.

Compass Buzz:

Click the link to check out 'Resource update for the COVID-19 outbreak' from Compass Buzz; an organisation that aims to strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 5-18 (25 with SEND) across North Yorkshire.

Finding the Calm:

Dr Dawn Bradley has created a menu of calming activities to structure routine and time.


Talk to Frank for honest information about drugs.

'The Go-To' for healthy minds in North Yorkshire:

The Go-To – – is a portal or ‘single point of information’ for the wide range of mental health support services available to help children and young people in the county address their social and emotional health needs. With the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and prolonged absence from the classroom, online mental health support for young people has never been more important. Now more than ever we need to be looking after our mental health and The Go-To offers access to the support young people and their families need during these changing times.


Kooth provides FREE, safe and anonymous wellbeing support for any young person whatever their concerns or worries.

Kooth's parent and carer guide can be found HERE.

The Mix

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people helping with life challenges such as; mental health issues, money problems, homelessness, finding a job, break-ups and drugs. Talk to The Mix via online, social or their free, confidential helpline.


Visit the NHS website to find information and advice on health conditions, symptoms, healthy living, medicines and how to get help.

To view an A-Z of Mental Health Apps compiled by the NHS click HERE. It's reassuring to know that all products (apps) published on the 'NHS Apps Library' have to meet a stringent set of quality standards that regulate clinical safety, data protection, usability and accessibility, therefore making them reliable resources for us all to access.

OK Rehab

OK Rehab's aim is to help individuals break free from the shackles of addiction and find a treatment that’s ideally suited to their needs. Treatment is applicable for drug addiction, alcoholism and process/behavioural addictions.

Mind Darlington - Support for young people:

If you are aged between 11 and 18 and live or study in Hambleton and Richmondshire and find the current situation difficult you can contact a dedicated helpline for a chat or text 07432 843161 Monday-Friday 10.00-12.00 noon.

My Teen Brain:

Click here to view your copy of ‘My Teen Brain’, a really helpful leaflet for parents/carers and young people to find out more about the teenage brain.

The ‘My Teen Brain’ initiative aims to highlight what happens in the teenage brain which, in conjunction with experience and environment, can affect many aspects of teenage behaviours, including emotions, relationships, behaviours, sleep and attitudes to risk.

Further information can be found at


Daily physical activity is really important to help maintain a healthy body and mind. To inspire you to keep active, the PE department have suggested we all take a look at 'Netflex' which, when you click on the picture links, takes you to lots of recommended workout links on YouTube. Click here to access NETFLEX and give it a try!

Parents Protect!

Parents Protect! help parents and carers protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

'P.E. with Joe' - Workouts for kids from Joe Wicks The Body Coach:

Go to YouTube and check out 'The Body Coach TV' for your workout with Joe Wicks. 'P.E. with Joe'. It's a great opportunity to take part in some physical exercise at home.

Stay in, work out:

Sport England shares top tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home: Click here to access.

Wellbeing Booklet

This booklet has been developed by North Yorkshire Youth for Young People using resources from other organisations and agencies. It covers some ideas on how to maintain and develop our mental health and wellbeing. You can view the booklet here: Wellbeing Booklet by North Yorkshire Youth


YoungMinds are leading the fight for a future where all young people are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. YoungMinds offers support to those who are struggling with mental health issues in a bid to overcome life's difficulties and create resilience.

10 ways to help children cope with change

The COVID-19 crisis has been a challenging time for all of us, especially for our children and young people. YoungMinds has produced a great resource for parents to help children cope with change. Click here to view your copy of '10 ways to help children cope with change'. Now more than ever we know that it's so important to work together, look after one another and support each other as a family and this resource has some great suggestions of how to do just that.

YoungMinds have also written a helpful article with some useful tips on how parents can support their child as they transition back to life at school: Supporting a child returning to school after lockdown.