Health And Wellbeing

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.

Why the Five Ways work

Connect: Strengthening relationships with others and feeling close to and valued by others is critical to boosting wellbeing.
Keep Learning: Being curious and seeking out new experiences positively stimulates the brain.
Be Active: Being physically active improves physical health and can improve mood and wellbeing and decrease stress, depression and anxiety.
Give: Carrying out acts of kindness, whether small or large, can increase happiness, life satisfaction and general sense of wellbeing
Take Notice: Paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings and to the world around, boosts our wellbeing.

The Five Ways in Action

  • Connect with the people around you. Talk to your family, friends and neighbours.  Make a new friend.
  • Keep Learning. Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Take on a new responsibility.
  • Be Active. Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Play a game. Walk the dog.  Join an extra-curricular club.  Walk or cycle to school.
  • Give. Be kind. Thank someone. Volunteer your time. Smile. Help with household chores.  Become a CVEA Leader.
  • Take Notice. 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



Offers advice to anyone under 19 with any issue they are experiencing. or call free on 0800 1111.


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

Alcohol and Drugs

Talk to Frank

Facts, support and advice on drugs and alcohol

Advice for parents concerned about their child.

Alcohol Change UK

Advice and support on alcohol.

County Lines

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

County Lines Parent and Carer 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. 

Helpline 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

Healthy Eating


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

BBC Good Food Guide

Ideas and recipes for healthy lunchboxes.

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.


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

Disrespect Nobody

The Disrespect NoBody campaign helps young people to understand what a healthy relationship is.


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.

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.


An online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for young people.

Kooth Parent and Carer Brochure

Kooth's Guide to Coping with Exam Stress

Sunderland Community CAMHS

The Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service offer assessment and treatment to children and young people around their emotional well being.

Difficulties include worries / anxieties, low mood, controlling anger, bereavement, bullying, eating problems, self harm and relationship difficulties.

The Community CAMHS service aims to deal with such difficulties in the early stagesand focuses on prevention and early intervention.

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.

Washington Mind | Seeing people not problems...

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.

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. 

Call free on 0808 802 5544 from 9:30am - 4pm, Monday - Friday.


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

How to be mentally healthy at work.

Coping whilst caring for someone else.



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.

Gamblers Anonymous

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


Bullying UK

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


LGBT Foundation

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


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.


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.


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



Gingerbread are a charity supporting single parent families.


Additional sources of support can be found on our Safeguarding page.