Student Wellbeing Resources
~ FREE Events ~
P.A.C.E. Free Health & Wellbeing Event – Thursday 22 February 2024
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2024 P.A.C.E. Events (FREE)
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Book your P.A.C.E. workshop space at: hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/events
~ Future in Mind Free Courses ~
Future In Mind have some fantastic parent support workshops coming up over the coming weeks.
March 2024 Workshops & Peer Support
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Tuesday 27 February – 12.00 Recorded Online Tics and Tourettes – with Hampshire CAMHS, a really interesting topic and how we can support young people to protect their mental wellbeing.
Tuesday 5 March – 19.30 Recorded Online Discussing Barriers to Attendance to Education for Neurodivergent Young People – with Autistic Realms and Grove Neurodivergent Education and Mentoring. For Professionals and Parent/Carers.
Thursday 21 March – 10.15 Basingstoke – Managing Crisis, supporting a young person who may be self harming or having suicidal thoughts with Hampshire CAMHS
Wednesday 27 March – 10.15 Totton, New Forest – School Transitions – Supporting your young person’s mental health through their transition to Secondary or College
To book tickets, please follow the following link: www.linktr.ee/futureinmind
~ FREE Online Courses ~
Our school is in a pre-paid area for the emotional health resources hub, www.inourplace.co.uk (‘The Solihull Approach’). This means parents/carers can access a range of free online support to better understand children’s emotional health, brain development and wellbeing.
There are courses available from bump to 19+ years, and include:
– Understanding your child (0-19 years)
– Understanding your child with additional needs (0-19 years)
– Understanding your child’s feelings
– Understanding your child’s mental health and wellbeing
– Understanding your relationships
– Understanding the impact of the pandemic on your child/teenager
All the information needed to sign up for these free courses can be found at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/solihullapproach
Through our Tutor programme and PSHCRE curriculum we aim to equip students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. The PSHCRE education programme and Tutor programme make a significant contribution to students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote students’ wellbeing. A critical component of it is providing opportunities for young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. Ultimately, it supports students in being able to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions.
We also believe that our partnership with parents/carers is vital in achieving this. We encourage parents/carers to talk, in the first instance to their child’s Tutor and Head of Year, who can signpost parents/carers to the most appropriate in-school or external source of support. School staff will encourage parents/carers and students to access the range of specialist services that are available in our local area.
Nationally there are a number of organisations offering support and guidance. We have found that the following offer the most comprehensive range of resources to support parents/carers of young people who may be experiencing difficulties.
Child & Adult Mental Health Services
At times, we may refer students to CAMHS. CAMHS aims to help young people up to the age of 18 who are finding it hard to manage their emotional, psychological and mental health. Referrals to enable an appointment at Hampshire Specialist CAMHS can be made by the young person directly, parents or carers, teachers, a health professional (such as a school nurse or GP) or a social worker. Help from CAMHS can be found at https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/help/parents-carers/. You can also call Hampshire CAMHS on 0300 304 0050 (Monday – Friday, 9am-2pm) or email SPNT.HantsCamhsSpa@nhs.net. We would recommend talking to CAMHS before making a referral so that they can offer advice and guidance and to decide whether CAMHS is the right service to meet the young person’s needs. CAMHS may also be able to offer recommendations about other services, organisations and things that may be helpful.
Please follow the links below for more information on support available for specific mental health and wellbeing needs:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/issue/adhd-2/
Autistic Spectrum Disorder – https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/help/parents-carers/autistic-spectrum-condition/
Depression and low mood – https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/issue/depression-professionals/
Eating difficulties – https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/issue/eating-difficulties-professionals/
There are many organisations that have fully resourced web pages to provide information and guidance on emotional health and well-being. Please find links below to the sites of some of the organisations that we use here in school to access guidance:
The Mix – https://www.themix.org.uk/
How to cope with anxiety – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvM_TtQi9DU&feature=emb_title
Mental Health – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCrjevx3-Js&feature=emb_title
On my mind – https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/
Supporting teenagers – https://stem4.org.uk/
Solent Mind – https://www.solentmind.org.uk/contact-us/
Anxiety booklet for parents – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/anxious_child.pdf
BBC Bitesize – Wellbeing: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/groups/cw9v6l8d0q6t
NHS – Every Mind Matters: https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/supporting-others/childrens-mental-health/
Alcohol & Drugs
Sometimes, young people may need support from services if they are struggling with alcohol and drug usage. The following support agencies are helpful:
Talk to Frank – https://www.talktofrank.com/
Drug Wise – https://www.drugwise.org.uk/
Know the score – https://knowthescore.info/
Students will often need advice and guidance about making choices in how to be safe in sexual relationships. The following organisations provide some excellent support:
Fumble – https://fumble.org.uk/
Lets Talk About It – https://www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk/
Health for Teens – https://www.healthforteens.co.uk/sexual-health/
Sexuality & Gender Identity
Young people may wish to seek guidance on issues relating to gender and sexuality. The following agencies are available to support young people and provide access to online resources:
Breakout Youth – https://www.breakoutyouth.org.uk/
Mermaids – https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/
Y services – https://yservices.co.uk/lgbt/
E-Safety is a national issue and we all must aim to ensure that the Internet is used in a safe manner. In addition to this, being aware of privacy settings, filters and safe usage of social networking sites will enable young people to feel protected online. The following websites provide support and guidance for staying safe online:
NSPCC – www.nspcc.org.uk
Safer Internet – www.saferinternet.org.uk
Get Wise – www.getnetwise.org
Hampshire Police – https://www.hampshire.police.uk/
Safe4Me – https://www.safe4me.co.uk/
Victim of Malicious Communication – https://www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Malicious-Comms-self-help-guide-Victim.pdf
Ben Kinsella – https://benkinsella.org.uk/
We appreciate that the death of a relative or someone else important can be devastating for a young person.
We have included links below to organisations that provide advice and guidance for parents and young people:
Child Bereavement UK – https://childbereavementuk.org/for-families/support-for-bereaved-children/
Winston’s Wish – https://www.winstonswish.org/helpline/
Help2MakeSense – https://help2makesense.org/get-support/
Hope Support Services – https://hopesupport.org.uk/support/how-hope-helps/
Rainbow Trust – https://www.rainbowtrust.org.uk/southampton-team
Suicide Bereavement UK – https://suicidebereavementuk.com/immediate-support-resources/
Hope Again (Youth Cruse Bereavement) – https://www.hopeagain.org.uk
Simon Says – https://www.simonsays.org.uk/young-people/
Rowan’s Hospice Bereavement – https://www.rowanshospice.co.uk/care/bereavement-services/
Fareham Counselling Centre – Fareham Counselling Centre
Our school Careers webpage provides comprehensive support for students making post 14, 16 and 18 choices.
For more information – click here
We sometimes refer our students to in school and local counselling service providers. Parents and students may also self-refer to these agencies.
Here you will find links to the organisations that could support:
The Moving On Project – http://www.the-mop.org/counselling/
Upturn (student) – https://www.solentmind.org.uk/support-for-you/our-services/upturn/
Hampshire Youth Access – https://hampshireyouthaccess.org.uk/counselling/
Young Minds – https://youngminds.org.uk/
Step by Step – https://www.stepbystep.org.uk/young-people/mental-health/
Off the Record South – https://www.otr-south.org.uk