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In St. Mary's, the emotional well being of out students is an important part of out Student Care.

Our staff encourage our young people to be resilient and help them to develop skills to cope with the issues that they may face. In life there will always be times when we feel down, stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass, but sometimes they develop into a more serious problem.

Counselling in St. Mary’s offers young people support when they find themselves struggling to cope with psychological issues or when their academic progress is hindered due to emotional stress.  A skillful programme in a secure environment is provided to equip our young people with the skills to face life’s difficulties and challenges.  

A confidential counselling service is offered to all pupils during school hours.


Students who are experiencing difficulties, either at home or at school, can confidentially make an appointment for counselling.

Referral can be made through a pupil’s Year Head.  Self-referral is also an option.

We encourage parents/guardians to keep the school informed of any issues their may be happening at home to ensure the school can support the child in any way that they can.




Crisis response line for people in stress or despair

Depression Mental health Suicidal thoughts

0808 800 8000



Childline will provide support and guidance on multiple topics including:

Bullying You and your body Home and Family Relationships Sex School

0800 1111



Crisis messenger text service 

Alcohol Homelessness Suicidal thoughts General advice Mental health Sex/ relationships

0808 808 4994



Advice on child protection issues and somewhere to report concerns

Child abuse Child protection

0808 800 5000



Aware are a mental health charity working exclusively for those with depression and mental health concerns

Depression Bipolar disorder

0845 1202961



Confidential advice on drugs

Alcohol Drugs

0300 123 6600


SIMON Community

Support for individuals and families who are at risk of becoming homeless

Homelessness Housing

0800 171 2222

Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline

Advice for anyone affected by domestic and sexual violence

Domestic violence Sexual violence

0808 021414


Cara-Friend/ LGBT Switchboard NI

Support and counselling for the Gay, Lesbian and Transgender communities

LGBTQ+ advice Sex and relationship advice

0808 800 0390


Women’s Aid

Specialist services for women, children and young people who have experienced domestic and sexual violence.

Domestic Violence Sexual violence Relationships

0808 802 1414




This helpline allows children to call their organisation and seek advice on a range of issues they may be affected by.

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Barnardo’s provide a range of services to young people, and their families, all over the country. They work with organisations, and professionals, to help build the very best life for all children.

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Aware NI

Aware NI provides support, for a range of mental health conditions, in the form of support groups, online support, counselling, phone lines, general advice.

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Young Minds

This organisation provides young people with support on issues such as depression.

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Help with Depression

This is a teenager’s guide to depression. This website provides tips and tools for helping yourself or a friend.

Click here for more information



Lifeline is the NI crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. This service assists people of all ages throughout the north.

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CAMHS can be accessed via your GP. This service provides extra specialist support for a child’s emotional wellbeing.

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Family Support NI

The Family Support website aims to be a comprehensive database of all family support and childcare services in Northern Ireland.

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Parenting NI

Parenting NI is a Parents Advice Centre, provides free support for parents across Northern Ireland. Parenting NI is committed to supporting all parents and ensuring that their voices are heard whenever decisions are made that will affect them.

Click here for more information


The Rainbow Project

The Rainbow Project is a health organisation that works to improve the physical, mental and emotional health and well-being of LGBT people in Northern Ireland

Click here for more information


Minding Your Head

A new mental health campaign called 'Helping others' has been launched by the Public Health Agency in partnership with NIAMH. Asking, listening and talking to someone with a mental health problem can start them on the road to recovery. Just a few words can make a massive difference.

Click here for more information



The Samaritans are here round the clock, every single day of the year. We support anyone who needs us. We know our services can help people before it's too late.

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PIPS charity is here to provide support to individuals who are considering, or who have at some point considered, ending their own lives. PIPS also provides support to those families and friends who have been touched by suicide.

Click here for more information


Action for Children

We help children to fufil their full potential by providing services to support their individual needs. We succeed in helping children and young people to overcome difficulties at an early stage to tackle problems before it is too late.

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Provides accessible support services to people who are directly affected by suicide and self-harm.

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Bridge of Hope

Bridge of Hope offers a range of services to support people experiencing stress, trauma or anxiety

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The Drug and Alcohol Intervention Service for Young People (DAISY) provides person-centred programmes for young people and young adults to help reduce the harm caused by their substance misuse.

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UK Safer Internet Centre

UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities with a mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people.

Click here for more information


Every Mind Matters

This is a NHS online quiz that asks you 5 specific questions and then based on answers provides a step-by-step plan that advises how to improve emotional well-being

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Zero Suicide Alliance

Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaboration of NHS stakeholders committed to suicide prevention. They help raise awareness and provide free online training which allows people to identify, support and empower anyone who is at risk.

Click here for more information



If you think you might have depression, you're not alone. Find out more about this common, treatable condition and what to do if you're affected by it.

Click here for more information


Help Guide

Teenager's Guide to Depression - Tips and Tools for helping yourself or a friend.

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Mind for Better Mental Health

Explains anxiety and panic attacks, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Click here for more information



Mindful Gnats

An app to help young people develop mindfulness and relaxation skills

Click here to open in the  App Store

Click here to open in the Google Play Store



Offers strategies to manage worry, panic, conflict, ordinary anxiety, and three specialised categories of anxiety: test anxiety, social anxiety, and perfectionism.

Click here to open in the  App Store

Click here to open in the Google Play Store



Headspace is a unique app committed to advancing the field of mindfulness meditation through clinically-validated research. 

Click here to open in the  App Store

Click here to open in the Google Play Store


Rise Up + Recover

If you are struggling with food, dieting, exercise and body image - this app might be useful to you. Based off self-monitoring homework, a conerstone of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), it is a simple and convenient app that has been used millions of times around the world.

Click here to open in the  App Store

Click here to open in the Google Play Store



Playing SuperBetter helps build personal resilience: the ability to stay strong, motivated and optimistic in the face of difficult challenges. Resilience has a powerful effect on health - by boosting physical and emotional well-being.

Click here to open in the  App Store

Click here to open in the Google Play Store

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