Mental Health

“Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the mental health problem itself. Your attitude to mental health could change someone’s life.” (Time to Change )

10% of children and young people aged 5 to 16 suffer from a diagnosed mental health disorder (Office of National Statistics. Mental Health of children and young people in Great Britain. 2004)

These are just some of the facts that really hit home!  We at Ark Victoria Academy want all our pupils to have the best support and care available.  All our staff aim to ensure that we take care of the wellbeing and the academic achievements of our pupils.

In school we have  Student Support managers that are trained in the skills needed to listen and guide pupils that may need social, emotional or mental health support.

There are 2 post-boxes placed for pupils to post any concerns they may have within school. Pupils can find these in Oldknow library and outside the school nurse’s office in the Talbot Building. The  Student Support managers will deal with any concerns on a daily basis or signpost pupils and their families to appropriate  professionals who can support them.

The Student Support managers have an “open door” policy and one of them will be available at lunchtime and break time to listen or to talk to anyone that needs one to one support.

Mr Parkar, Mr Stead, Miss Masoud, Mr Curtis, Mr Mahon and Mrs Arif are our Student support managers.

If you find that you need additional support outside of school hours, the following services may be of interest to you:

PAUSE Forward Thinking Birmingham

Pause is a free service; you don't need an appointment; you can simply drop in for a chat.

Whatever your reason, whether you're a little worried about something that's going on in your life or you just need some space to think, Pause is here for you. Drop in and talk to one of the team, learn a new technique for managing your emotions or simply browse our online self-help materials. Pause is run by a friendly team of therapists, youth workers and volunteers, who are always on hand to lend a listening ear.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am - 6pm, Wednesday: 12pm - 8pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11am - 4pm    

21 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6BJ


Barnardo’s launch new Covid-19 BAME helpline

  1. As you may have seen, Barnardo’s has launched a vital new support service to make a positive difference to the lives of many Black, Asian and minority ethnic children, young people and their families impacted by Covid-19.
  2. This is a UK-wide helpline, funded by the National Emergencies Trust which will focus on issues specifically affecting children, young people and families from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
  3. The new service - 0800 1512 605 - is a freephone helpline and web chat facility for children, young people and families from those communities who are experiencing the long-lasting and wide-ranging impact of Covid-19.
  4. It will provide on-going support on a complex range of issues including mental health, bereavement, family break-down, neglect, back to school, parenting advice, counselling, family stress, discrimination, barriers to services and more.
  5. You can find out more about the new helpline by clicking here.

Please read the following: Useful contact Information for students.pdf


Roshni Counselling for Domestic Abuse

Roshni Counselling Flyer.pdf


How to keep safe online 

Parents top tips to stay Safe Online.pdf


Birmingham Children's Partnership

Emergency Help Jan 21.pdf