Pupil mental health has a high profile at STARS due to the nature of the health conditions of our pupils. We work closely with CAMHS and tier 4 to ensure our provision supports and compliments the work by the health professionals.

Pupils learn how the importance of health and wellbeing. They understand the necessity to maintain a balanced diet and make positive life choices. STARS currently holds the London Mayor’s Healthy Schools Award – Bronze and silver and we are applying for Gold. The Silver and Gold awards are focussed around mental health and wellbeing and the importance of physical activity in promoting well-being.

STARS supports pupils wellbeing through:

  • High profile on participation in weekly PE.
  • Supervised sports and other activities at lunchtime.
  • Timetabled opportunities for mindfulness.
  • Teaching pupils strategies to manage when anxiety is high, eg: Zones of regulation.
  • Individual support through interventions such as ELSA and Draw and talk.
  • STARS employs a well being practitioner who offers bespoke programmes.
  • Partnership work with medical professionals.
  • A mental health training programme for staff

STARS is taking part in a new project to improve mental health for children and young people who attend schools in the local authority. The project is aimed at preventing children and young people's referral to CAMHS so although this project isn't directly aimed at pupils who attend STARS it is imporatnt that we are part of the project to support work going on in our referring schools. This project is linked to a national initiative following the Government’s Green Paper on children and young people’s mental health. South West London will receive £1.85m and will be part of the first wave of these new services. As a result of our collaboration with the project and the professionals involved we aim to develop the support we are able to offer.


Emotional wellbeing: COVID-19 resource hub

We know that the past year has been difficult for our children and young people, but we also recognise that it has been challenging for adults too.  If you are feeling overwhelmed or are struggling to cope, please know that there are services and useful resources available. The South-West London resource hub has been created so that you can access free services to support your own emotional wellbeing during this difficult time. The website includes information for the following boroughs: Merton, Sutton, Richmond, Kingston, Wandsworth and Croydon.  Each borough contains information on how to access mental health and wellbeing support for adults, young people and children.  We know that many people have experienced losses during this time and information about bereavement support is also included.

The link to the resource hub is: https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/your-health/mental-health/covid19-resource-hub/

Please do look at the resource hub link for further information if you feel you are struggling with your own mental health at present, these are really challenging times but the support is there for everyone to access.


Concerned about yourself or a loved one? Use the links below to find support groups and expert advice.

Support in Sutton


Mental Health Helplines


Talking Mental Health