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General Useful Information


One of the things that we can do at school is signpost students and their parents to possible other sources of support. Please do not hesitate to approach a member of the pastoral staff for information or a discussion. We are always happy to be involved in any aspect of a student’s life which may have an impact on their education or their well being. The outcomes always seem to be so much more successful where there is an open and honest discussion about any difficulties the student or their families are facing. 


Useful websites and organisations: 

The NHS choices website offers advice about stress, anxiety and depression and also has a section on improving mental wellbeing, as well as lots of other information sections. 
Family Lives  Parenting teenagers can be likened to a rollercoaster, with many ups and downs along the way.  Family Lives is a charity with over three ecades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life.  The website has a lot of useful information and tips as well as forums or support groups. 
Child Line is the free helpline and online service for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call 0800 1111 or visit to talk to a trained counsellor about any problem, or talk to other young people on the message boards. 
Young Minds is a charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of all children and young people. They will provide advice on range of issues including depression and friendships. They provide a confidential phone helpline. 
Relate Logo Relate offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-to-face, by phone and through their website. This includes children and young people's counselling for any young person who is having problems
Samaritans provides confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings.
Wintons Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK. Established in 1992 as the first childhood bereavement charity in the UK, Winston’s Wish remains dedicated to supporting children after the death of a parent or sibling. Winston’s Wish can offer a range of practical support to children, families, professionals and anyone concerned about a bereaved child.
Cruse Bereavement Care is a charity that supports individuals or families after the death of someone close.
Child Bereavment Network Most young people will have been bereaved of someone close to them (a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, teacher) by the time they are 16. Many will cope well with their loss, but all will need the support of those around them.  This website has lots of information about supporting a young person through bereavement.
Womens Aid Women’s Aid is the national domestic violence charity that works to end violence again women and children and supports domestic and sexual violence services across the country. They provide services to support abused women and children such as the free 24hour National Domestic Violence Helpline and The Hide-out a website to help children and young people.
Youth Action Wiltshire The aim of YAW is to improve the lives of young people in Wiltshire and Swindon and to support them to fulfil their potential and become valued members of their communities.
Karma Nirvana Provides support to victims of honour based abuse and forced marriages. 0800 5999 247 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am-5pm)
Wiltshire Council Clubs and groups on the Wiltshire Council website. 
Expert information to help children and young people stay safe online
Young Sibs is for children and young people who have a brother or sister who is disabled, has special educational needs or a serious long-term condition. It is for siblings in the UK aged 6 to 17. 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.
EPIC FRIENDS This site is all about helping you to help your friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally
The Children’s Society is a national charity working with children and young people. A range of information can be found on their website including information about County Lines and Criminal Exploitation.