Mental Health & Wellbeing

Here at The Bemrose School we have adopted a whole school approach to emotional health that goes beyond the learning and teaching in the classroom to pervade all aspects of life in school from breakfast club before school, to period 6 and night school at the end of the day.  Should you need support or information on emotional health, hopefully you will find the contacts below helpful.

Students

Within school there are a wide variety of services available for pupils to maintain good emotional health. Some of these are form tutors and teaching staff who are always available to support and talk to pupils. Heads of House, and the head space room (M9), along with many more interventions are available, should the need arise.

https://student.kooth.com/  – This is an online counselling service for pupils, which is free to access.

 

Parents

As a parent it is sometimes difficult to help our children maintain a healthy state of emotional health. Below are websites that can help guide parents and carers to support children.

https://www.annafreud.org/media/11465/helping-cyp-manage-anxiety-apr2020-v3.pdf

https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

https://www.annafreud.org/coronavirus/

https://www.qwell.io/  – Qwell is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of need.

What can I do to get my child’s sleep pattern back? Below are some tips to help your adolescent manage their sleep patterns better….

1. Experts recommend at least two hours without screens before bedtime in order to help our brains unwind. There is also some evidence to suggest that the light from screens can affect our sleep patterns (especially the level of the hormone, melatonin). Although turning off TVs and computer for TWO hours before bed can be a little unrealistic, see if your teenager can manage 30 – 60 minutes without them and can take it on as a bit of a challenge.

2. Encourage your teenager to keep regular sleep/wake times, even on the weekends and on school holidays (within reason!). This doesn’t necessarily mean getting up at 6.30am on a Sunday, but an 8am wake time would be better than sleeping in until midday.

3. Having sunlight in the eyes first thing in the morning will also help with melatonin levels (the hormone that regulates sleep/wake times) and should help teenagers get out of bed more easily. It is recommended by experts that we sit outside for 15 – 30 minutes in the morning straight after waking. Your teenager could try sitting outside to have breakfast in summer and even sitting near a window or opening the blinds in their room can be an alternative in wintertime. Sitting outside, even on a cloudy day, is much better than turning on an artificial light when it comes to the levels of blue light, which helps our bodies know what time it is.

4. Consider whether your teenager has been feeling stressed recently or is experiencing anxiety that may be contributing to sleep problems. Do they need help with time-management to ensure they are not finishing off homework late at night? Could they use assistance in learning relaxation strategies or other techniques to manage stress or anxiety? If you think such issues may be related to their sleep problems, consider seeking help from a psychologist.

5. Lastly, if your teenager continues to have difficulty with sleeping that is affecting their ability to function on a daily basis, it may be worthwhile talking to your GP or taking your teenager to a Sleep Clinic.

 

Staff

Maintaining staff emotional wellbeing is of primary importance. With everything we do we try to minimise negative influences on or staffs emotional health.

https://www.qwell.io/  – Qwell is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of need.

Counselling & Support For Mental Health

These local and national services are providing counselling or support by text, live chat, phone or video call to children, young people and thier parents/carers during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Urgent HelpFor CYPFor ParentsFor TeachersSelf Help
1/ National Crisis Line1/ Relate1/ Relate1/ CAMHS1/ Anna Freud Centre
2/ Mental Health Support Line2/ CAMHS2/ Qwell2/ Educational Psychologists2/ Young Minds
-3/ Kooth3/ Young Minds3/ Changing Lives3/ Mental Health Support (NHS)
-4/ Changing Lives4/ Educational Psychologists4/ Build Sound Minds-

Contact details and more information for these services can be found on STePS Help for Covid 19 page under the heading Social Emotional and Mental Health.

Coronavirus Toolkits

Toolkit 1

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/1960/coronavirus-mental-health-and-wellbeing-resources.pdf?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_content=toolkit

Toolkit 2

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/coronavirus-resources-for-mental-health-and-wellbeing-toolkit-2/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=coronavirus2&utm_content=toolkit

 

Toolkit 3

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/2008/coronavirus-mental-health-and-wellbeing-toolkit-3.pdf

 

Toolkit 4

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/2025/coronavirus-anxiety-toolkit.pdf

 

Further information

Childline    Web: www.childline.org.uk  Call: 0800 1111

Hope Again    Web: www.hopeagain.org   Call:  0808 808 1677

Support for young people when someone dies.

 

Mermaids    Web: www.mermaidsuk.org.uk  Call: 0808 801 0400

Information and support for gender diverse individuals.

 

Mind    Web: www.mind.org.uk Call: 0300 123 3393 Text: 86463 Email: info@mind.org

National charity which offers an excellent range of materials on all aspects of mental health.

 

Refuge    Web: www.refuge.org.uk  Call:  0808 200 0247

Help and support for young people affected by domestic violence.

 

Safeline    Web:  www.safeline.org.uk  Call:  0808 800 5007

Young people’s helpline, helping survivors of sexual abuse and rape.

 

Samaritans    Web: www.samaritans.org  Call: 116 123 E-mail: jo@samaritans.org

Support if you are struggling or feeling unhappy

 

The Mix    Web: www.themix.org.uk  Call: 0808 808 4994

Free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile

 

Youngminds    Web: www.youngminds.org.uk  Text: YM to 85258

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