During the last academic year we have worked closely with ‘Action for Children’ who have delivered the ‘Blues Programme’ to identified Year 9 students. We hope to be able to repeat this work next academic year. Please see their website for a wide range of support materials.
You might also enjoy listening to this podcast created by Wendy and Leanne from Action for Children. (Those of you who followed the Blues programme last year will know them well!)
At Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form, we recognise the importance of looking after the physical health of our students and staff, but also the promotion of their mental well-being as having equal importance. We call this awareness Mental Wealth.
As such, we are aiming to:
- prioritise the mental wealth of all of the school: staff and students
- build up a ‘treasure chest’ of resources to develop resilience in situations where needed
- teach adults and students ‘how to cope’ with the pressures we feel day-to-day and in a wider context
- be a school that listens to all
- develop staff confidence in dealing with issues with students and colleagues, helping them to recognise when it is a professional issue.
- promote understanding that ‘observation’ is key to identifying issues early.
Kooth is a free online service that offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people. When you sign up you can choose an avatar, which helps to keep you safe and anonymous. You can have a “drop-in” chat with a counsellor or therapist or book a one-to-one session.
Kooth’s counsellors and therapists are available until 10pm, 365 days a year. You can talk to other young people anonymously on the forums whenever you like, and keep an online journal.