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Wellbeing

The school provides various types of support to help our pupils when things aren’t going so well. Apart from their tutor, Head of House or Head of Year 7 who may be able to sort certain issues fairly quickly, the following people and services are on-site if they are needed

First Aid – there are various qualified First Aiders around the school, but pupils can go directly to Student Reception situated in H Block

School Nurse – is available for a weekly drop-in Thursday at lunchtime in the main reception meeting room.

Support for a range of other emotional and well-being needs can also be arranged with specific school-based staff as agreed through our referral channels

Online help:

Kooth.com

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

Monday – Friday - 12pm – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday - 6pm – 10pm

Childline

Free support for children 24 hours a day
tel: 0800 1111

 

TALKZONE (RELATE)

tel: 0300 003 1781  

Children and Young People's Counselling Service

 

LogoFearless is a site where you can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality..

What makes this site different is we also provide you with a safe place to give information to us about crime - 100% anonymously.

We have 15 Fearless Outreach Workers delivering workshops to young people and professionals in a variety of areas across the country.

Contact us at Fearless@crimestoppers-uk.org to find out if we have a Fearless Outreach Worker in your area. Fearless.com

Courses 

Delivered by Wiltshire Council:  

Supporting My Teen With Wellbeing (Tuesday 20 February 10am – 12pm) is a short introductory course looking at the changes happening for a teenager and ways in which parents can support teens to prioritise their wellbeing.

Supporting My Teen With Transitions To Adulthood (starting Tuesday 27 February) is a longer five session course that looks in more depth at teens’ emotional wellbeing and encourages learners to consider how changes can be used beneficially. The course explores employment, study and training opportunities for post 16 year olds, how to support teens to gain financial understanding, and it supports learners to plan ahead effectively.

Mental Health Apps

 

Apps

Be MindfulBe Mindful

An online course to help reduce stress and anxiety using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. £30

 

Beat Panic Beat Panic

Overcome panic attacks and anxiety wherever you happen to be. £0.99. 

 

 

BlueIceBluelce

This app helps young people manage their emotions and reduces urges to self-harm. Free. 

 

Calm Harm Calm Harm

Reduces urges to self-harm and manage emotions in a more positive way. Free. 

 

Catch It Catch It

Learn to manage negative thoughts and look at problems differently. Free. 

 

Chill PandaChill Panda

(currently being tested in the NHS). Use breathing techniques to help you relax more, worry less and feel better. Free. 

 

Cove Cove

(currently being tested in the NHS). Create music to reflect emotions like joy, sadness nd anger to help express how you feel. Free. 

 

DistrACTDistrACT

Quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Free

 

 eQuooeQuoo:  Emotional Fitness Game

Use adventure games designed by psychologists to help you increase your emotional fitness. Free, with in-app purchases

 

 Feeling GoodFeeling Good; positive mindset

Use audio tracks to help relax your body and mind and build your confidence. Free, with in-app purchases

 

 iesoieso

Connect confidentially and securely with mental health therapists using instant messaging. Free in some areas

 

 Mee TwoMeeTwo

A safe and secure forum for teenagers wanting to discuss any issue affecting their lives. Free. 

 

 Mood Panda

Monitor and track your mood, create and interactive mood diary/journal. Available on I phone app also. Free app, for 12 years of age +

 

 My Possible SelfMy Possible Self:  The Mental Health App

Learn how to manage fear, anxiety and stress and tackle unhelpful thinking. Free, with in-app purchases. 

 

SilverCloudSilverCloud

An eight week course to help you manage stress, anxiety and depression at your own pace. Free. 

 

 SleepioSleepio

An onnline sleep improvement programme, clinically proven to help you fall asleep faster. Free in some areas. 

 

SleepstationSleepstation

Connect with a team of sleep experts to help you fall asleep or stay asleep through the night. Free with GP referral. 

 

Stress and Anxiety companion Stress & Anxiety companion

Breathing exercises. Relaxing music and games to help calm your mind and change negative thoughts. Free, with in-app purchases. 

 

Student Health App Student Health App

Reduce your worries, feel more confident and get the health information you need as a student. Free. 

 

ThinkNinja ThinkNinja

ThinkNinja is an app that helps 10 to 18 year olds learn about and manage their mental health. Free during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. 

 

Thrive Thrive

Use games to track your mood and teach yourself methods to take control of stress and anxiety. Free. 

 

 TogertherallTogetherall

Get round-the-clock support from therapists to help you cope with stress and anxiety. Free. 

 

WorryTree WorryTree

Notice, record and manage your worries using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques. Free. 

 

 

Websites

Wiltshire Council

Parenting courses - Wiltshire Council There are currently spaces Parental Relationship programmes starting in January 2024 which parents can book directly onto. This includes: 

  • Within My Reach (Virtual via Teams) - for parents who are together
  • Triple P Family Transitions (Virtual via Teams) - for separated parents 

There are also 'Helping My Child with...' courses running in January 2024. Details are attached at the end of the page

 

On your Mind Website

https://www.onyourmind.org.uk/ Information for children, young people, parents and carers including links to resources and organisations that can support with emotional wellbeing including counselling.  A webchat facility and webinars for parents are currently being developed.

 

Anti-Bullying Alliance

https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/   Provides tools and information, including support around cyber, sexual and gender related bullying.

 

Epic Friends

http://epicfriends.co.uk/  To support children and young people to help their friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally.

 

Teentalk

https://youngmelksham.org.uk/what-we-do/teentalk Free and confidential support for young people aged 10-25 in within North and West Wiltshire. Services are offered face-to-face at their sessions in Melksham, Chippenham, and Westbury. They can also offer telephone/video support for other areas. Referrals can be made by professionals, parents or young people themselves. They also offer solution focused anger management skills and free information sessions by YGAM (Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust) with a 75-minute gaming and gambling awareness session for parents, grandparents and guardians

 

The Mix Counselling Service

https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support/speak-to-our-team/the-mix-counselling-service

The Mix offers a short-term counselling service to help young people under 25. This can be over the phone or on their Webchat service. They will help support young people who are struggling with bereavement, anxiety, gender identity, low mood and self-esteem. The online is webchat counselling (typing) opposed to something like webcam/teams, so may be useful for anyone who has difficulty engaging verbally/talking but prefer typing. You can self-refer using their online referral form.

 

Wiltshire Mind

http://www.wiltshiremind.co.uk/ a local independent Mental Health Charity based in Melksham and provides County-wide services.

 

Rethink

https://www.rethink.org/ Rethink support people with mental illnesses through a range of services, groups and training.

 

Childline

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/self-harm/self-harm-coping-techniques/Childline offer advice about self-harm coping techniques, in addition to free, confidential support for children 24 hours a day

 

Barnardo’s

https://www.barnardos.org.uk/ Barnardo’s are a charity who have a wide range of support services for young people including counselling.

 

Charlie Waller

The Charlie Waller Trust is a mental health charity, educating young people and those with responsibility for them, about their mental health and wellbeing. 

Charlie Waller Trust, mental health charity

 

How I Cope: A young person’s guide

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/children-policy-research/how-i-cope-young-persons-guide?mc_cid=66d2eb4d95&mc_eid=174e9f20b4

This website offers lots of short videos to help with teaching strategies to support young people in difficult times.

These videos cover many different topics including, techniques to regulate emotions, positive thinking and distraction techniques.

 

We Heart CBT

https://weheartcbt.com/self-help

This website offers downloaded self-help booklets to help and cope with low mood and difficult emotions. Can be used by teens or for parents with younger children.

Wiltshire Treehouse

Wiltshiretreehouse.org.uk

Wiltshire Treehouse support children & young people who have been affected by the death of someone important to them. They will be offering a bereavement support programme called NEST near Trowbridge starting in 2024. 

CoRAY

The CoRAY project developed a pack of mental health resources which parents can use to have helpful, open and empathetic conversations at home


The Safeguarding Team

The safeguarding team can be contacted at any time if you have concerns about the safety or well-being of a child

Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Mr C Smith - Deputy Heateacher (Pastoral)
Deputy Safeguarding Leads:

Lydia Smith (Inclusion and Support)

Caroline Kafka-Markey (SENCo)

Sue Wort ( Parent Support Adviser)

Sue Geoghegan (Transition Coordinator)

Theresa Cooper (Alternative Provision and pastoral Support)

Laura Oldfield (Pastoral Manager)