If you or anyone you know is struggling with the imposed lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic, we are here to help. Please remember that, although we are not all together in school at this time, we, and a number of other organisations are available. If you want to talk to a member of school staff about how you are feeling, text 07895 132530 and we will call you back as soon as we can.
Mental health is a hugely important consideration for young adults in today’s society.
We are seeing an ‘epidemic’ rise in the number of teenagers being diagnosed with poor mental health. In order to address this, we want to provide students and parents/carers with as much information as possible, practical strategies and knowledge of where to go for additional support.
There is a lot of online mental health support for anyone needing to talk:
Kooth has live chat for young people seven days a week – see more below
Anxiety UK has a live instant messaging service manned by volunteers, many of whom are experts by experience
Turn 2 me has online support groups which can be booked
Recovery College is a useful online resource with general advice, support and strategies for a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues.
The Go-To is a portal or ‘single point of information’ for the wide range of mental health support services available to help children and young people in the county address their social and emotional health needs. With the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and prolonged absence from the classroom, online mental health support for young people has never been more important. Now more than ever we need to be looking after our mental health and The Go-To offers access to the support young people and their families need during these changing times.
Kooth: Online counselling and support service for children and young people
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Xenzone who have launched Kooth, a free online counselling and support service which is available to all children and young people across North Yorkshire for 11-18 years.
Kooth.com is a safe, confidential and non-stigmatised way for young people to receive advice, support and optional counselling on-line. Staffed by fully trained and qualified counsellors and available until 10pm each night, 365 days per year, it provides a much needed out of hours’ service for young people. The service offers easily accessible mental health and emotional well-being support to young people, covering a wide range of topics and issues such as exam stress, bullying, friendship issues.
On Kooth, young people can learn effective coping strategies to be able to deal with day to day life. Kooth is anonymous and free to use, making it a powerful early prevention and treatment resource which young people are keen to use: more than 95% of end of session questionnaires show young people would recommend Kooth to a friend. With no criteria to access the service, all young people are supported no matter how small of big the issue may be.
If you require any further information to enable you to learn more about our service and to feel confident in discussing Kooth.com with young people, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find further information about our service on the website.
This downloadable pdf document looks at how to deal with stress and how to manage positive mental health. The tips on this page are of particular help when facing examinations but are equally applicable to daily life.
What is stress?
What are the physical and emotional signs of stress?
How to reduce stress
Practical tips to reduce stress
Fear of missing out (FOMO)
Personal strategies for success
Where to get support and help
If you need any help or support, please talk to a member of staff.
Drugs: Where to go for advice and support
Information for young people:
Exploring and experimenting with new things is a natural part of growing up to. Some young people use drugs because they like the feeling, or because their mates are using them or simply because they are curious – but there are some real dangers associated with using drugs which can lead to unforeseen (and unpleasant!) consequences… find out more in this advisory leaflet.
Information for parents/carers:
As your child enters adolescence it can be difficult to know how much control to relinquish as you both try to adapt to new boundaries; they may want to stay out later, see different friends and go to new places. Of course, part of growing up is exploring, learning and experiencing new things but, as parents/carers, you want them to do it safely. This leaflet is full of tips for parents/carers on how to talk to your child about drugs and alcohol.
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