You will have read a great deal in the press and media recently about concerns for the mental health and wellbeing of young people. Social, mental and emotional health has been added recently as one of the categories of students with special educational needs and these students are to be included in the Special Needs and Disabilities register.
Staff receive training on dealing with issues in school such as self-harm, anxiety and eating disorders and dedicated pastoral staff offer support to students for whom the issues are impacting on their day to day school life. Students can be issued with Time Out cards which enable them to seek support in lesson time and often some time relaxing and de-stressing can enable them to return to class.
The school and school counsellor work with CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) at Salisbury District Hospital, to refer and support students with more acute problems. Sometimes students can meet their therapists in school. In extreme cases we can enlist the support of the Medical Needs Education Service (MNES) who have a small classroom up at Salisbury District Hospital.
Useful websites and organisations:
|is a national charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.|
|provides resources to help parents and adults working with young people support wellbeing and identify, understand children and young people with mental health issues.|
|As many as 1 in 6 young people will experience an anxiety condition at some point in their lives. These may include social anxiety and shyness, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder, exam stress, worry or panic attacks. This website contains some useful information and links to help inform parents about anxiety as well as some tips to reduce anxiety.Childline have produced a leaflet with tips to reduce exam stress. Exam stress leaflet|
|a website that explains anxiety and suggests some useful methods to reduce it.|
|is a charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of all children and young people. They provide information for young people and their parents and carers|
|is England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. It contains a specific section for parents on talking to your child about mental health.|
|provides confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings.|
|Short filmstrip describing depression|
|MindShift is a useful app that helps explain and manage mental health difficulties.|
|Information to help children and young people in Wiltshire stay mentally healthy and emotionally well.|
|Kooth is a service from Xenzone, leaders of online counselling.|
|Explaining Anxiety||Cartoon that describes how some people feel about anxiety and depression|
|Keeping Calm||Link to relaxation techniques PDF.|
|Find Get Give||A Website with useful information and support on all aspects of mental heath|
|Josh Patterson interview||
An interview with MIC star Josh Patterson on Mental health