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Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Mark Rutherford School we work hard to support our young people with any mental health/wellbeing concerns they may have. We have our own full time counsellor, Mrs Heyhoe (Integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Arts Therapist & Family Therapist, MBACP; Med, PGDip), and also work with numerous external professionals including further counsellors and performance coaches to best support the needs of our young people.

Please feel free to contact the relevant pastoral team to discuss any potential referrals to any of these services. Please also feel free to access any of the links below for further advice, guidance, support.

Young Minds

Text the Young Minds Crisis Messenger for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. 

  • If you need urgent help, text YM to 85258.
  • All texts are free & answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.

Bedford Open Door

Bedfordshire Open Door offers free and confidential counselling to people aged 13 – 25 years of age.

Text 07922 105 200, call 01234 360 388.

Or email:

Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service

Ability to self-refer 01234 880400

The Mix

The Mix - Essential support for under 25s

A safe space for support, advice and crisis management for 11-25 year olds.


Online mental wellbeing community. Free, safe and anonymous support.

Calm Harm

Home - Calm Harm App

Calm Harm is free app to help teenagers manage or resist the urge to self-harm.