Promoting Positive Mental Health

Mental Health First Aid

At Dumfries High School we are committed to promoting positive mental health and supporting young people who find that they are struggling. Our team of qualified mental health first aiders, working alongside the Pupil Support Department, are here to offer signposting advice and support for any young person who feels that they require some help.

For further details on Dumfries High School's Mental Health Policy, please feel free to visit our Parent and Carer's booklet.

Who are the mental health first aiders?

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Miss Macpherson
Science
Lab 8

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Miss Johnstone
Science
Lab 7

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Ms Glen
RMPS
Room 3.5

 

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Miss Hamblin
Business Studies
BS1

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Miss Wilson
English
Room 1.8

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Ms McGuiness
English
Room 1.9

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Ms Grieve
English
Room 1.6

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Mr Gordon
Physics
Lab 4

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Mr Campbell
Technical
Tech 3

How do I contact mental health first aid?

If you feel that you could benefit from speaking to one of our Mental Health First Aiders, you can organise a session in the following ways. Someone will be in contact with you within 24 hours to respond to your query. If you are a parent or carer, you can also complete a referral on behalf of your young person.

  • Click the “GET HELP” button on the school website’s home page.
  • Or click this link and fill out the form
  • If it is a lunch or breaktime, feel free to go to the room of any team member and they can help you or arrange a time for you to sit down for a session.

Self-Help

If you are waiting for MHFA session, or you would like to access further information or services for mental health support, below you can find a variety of resources.  These can be used at home to help support positive mental health.

Useful contacts:

Feel that you need to talk to someone?  Below are a list of charities and organisations with trained staff who can help you.

Childline: Call free on 08001111 (UK) or visit www.childline.org.uk

The Samaritans: Call free on 116 123 (UK) or visit www.thesamaritans.org

Breathing Space: Provide advice and support if you need to talk to someone.  Their phone line is open 6pm-2am, Monday to Thursday and 6pm-6am on Friday to Monday: Call free on 0800 83 85 87 or visit breathingspace.scot

Cool2talk: local organisation ran by health professionals.  This website provides a safe space for young people aged 12 and over where you can get your questions answered accurately and without judgement.  All questions are answered within 24 hours.  Visit cool2talk.org