Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

World Health Organisation

Healthy Living
Eating Disorders
Exam Stress
Mental Health
Strategies to manage stress and anxiety

Oak Tree High School is a community where we want everyone to feel supported, safe and happy. Positive mental health is a top priority and we aim to promote positive mental health for each of our students. It is not always easy to determine if somebody is struggling with mental health issues, so it is crucial that we work collaboratively to ensure that our children always feel comfortable when speaking about their mental health. 

To advocate and support our school community in developing and maintaining positive emotional health, we have compiled a directory of organisations and advice on self-care. We hope that this will help our students in taking a proactive approach to taking good care of their wellbeing.

Healthy Living

There is more awareness than ever about mental health and the importance of emotional wellbeing throughout our society. There are numerous organisations we are able to turn to for help when we feel unable to cope, however, we can also look after ourselves more effectively to protect our emotional health. Sleep, diet, drink, and exercise all impact how we feel physically and emotionally. The world we live is more onerous than in the past, therefore the strategies we use to cope with stress are also crucial in maintaining a healthy, positive and productive lifestyle.

NHS Eat well for teens
British Nutrition Foundation
Healthy eating for teenagers
Sleep for teenagers

Eating Disorders

Guide for family and friends

Mental Health

Exam Stress

We all have subjects we may prefer over others, and subjects we struggle with. When you have to revise the subject you’ve been dreading, don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed thinking about the ‘what ifs’. Take five deep breaths to slow your heart rate and approach the revision calmly and methodically. Take a break and keep returning to the areas that are a sticking point.

Have a look at the below links for some top tips to overcome exam stress.

Beat exam stress – Childline
Top tips- Save the student
14 ways to beat exam stress- Mind
Exam stress – Student minds

Strategies to manage stress and anxiety

Connect with others. Spend time with friends or family. Organised activities are great, but just hanging out works too. Doing things with those we feel close to deepens our bonds, allowing us to feel supported and secure. And the fun and sharing that go with it allow us to feel happier and less upset about things. If you feel worried or nervous about something, talking about it with someone who listens and cares can help you feel more understood and better able to cope. You’ll be reminded that everyone has these feelings sometimes. You’re not alone.

Pay attention to the good things. A great way to keep our minds off the worry track is to focus our thoughts on things that are good, beautiful, and positive. Appreciate the small, everyday blessings. Allow yourself to dream, wish, and imagine the best that could happen.

Become a relaxation expert. We all think we know how to relax. But chilling out in front of the TV or computer isn’t true relaxation. (Depending on what you’re watching or doing, it could even make you more tense.) The same is true for alcohol, drugs, or tobacco. They may seem to relieve anxiety or stress, but it’s a false state of relaxation that’s only temporary. What the body really needs is daily practice of a relaxation technique — like deep breathing, tai chi, or yoga — that has a physical effect on the mind. For example, deep breathing helps to relax a major nerve that runs from the diaphragm to the brain, sending a message to the entire body to let go and loosen up.


Get enough sleep, nourishment, and exercise. Want your mind and body to feel peaceful and strong enough to handle life’s ups and downs? Get the right amount of sleep for your needs — not too much or too little. Eat well: Choose fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains for long-term energy (instead of the short bursts that come from too much sugar or caffeine). And exercise to send oxygen to every cell in the body so your brain and body can operate at their best.


Connect with nature. Heading out for a walk in the park or a hike in the woods can help anyone feel peaceful and grounded. (Choose somewhere you feel safe so you can relax and enjoy your surroundings.) Walking, hiking, trail biking, or snowshoeing offer the additional benefit of exercise. Invite a friend or two — or a family member — along and enjoy feeling connected to people as well.