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Your mental wellbeing is extremely important, and we care about helping you feel safe and supported whilst you study.

School Counsellor — Miss Abigail Firth

School Counsellor — Mrs Keeley Austin


Counselling is available at Ridgewood for any young person who feels they’re struggling emotionally and would like to talk through their problems in a confidential, safe space.

Some of issues the school counsellors can help with are as follows:

Anxiety & Panic • Depression • Low mood • Self-Esteem • Loneliness • Abuse • Self-harm 

Suicidal thoughts • Sexuality • Gender Identity • Relationships (friends/family) • Bereavement

Please do not hesitate to reach out when you’re struggling. Your trusted staff member can help you access a counselling referral form and the school counsellor will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Everybody is welcome, no matter how big or small you feel your problem is.

Contact numbers to call/text/email should you need emotional support out of school hours:

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger

(24/7 free and confidential support)

  • Text: YM to 85258


(9am – midnight free and confidential support)

  • Phone: 0800 1111


(24/7 free and confidential support)


(9am-midnight free and confidential suicide prevention support)


(24/7 free and confidential support)

  • Text: ‘SHOUT’ 85258


Here are some helpful links offering information and coping strategies:


Please get in touch via the enquiry form on our Contact Us page, should you have any further questions, or if you would like to speak with Miss Firth directly.