Wellbeing

We are currently facing an unusual and difficult time. We are isolated from friends and family, some of whom we may feel need our support now more than ever. We are working from home, home schooling or continuing to work with the added worries that social distancing creates. Many of us will be experiencing a huge range of emotions daily (and sometimes all at once!). This is a completely normal human reaction when facing such a huge wrench to our usual routines and lifestyles. Our children will be feeling the same. 

At school we frequently talk to children about issues that might be affecting them or that they might have heard about and become concerned about. Children talk to their teachers readily because they do not feel as emotionally connected to them as they are to their families and so are less concerned by their reaction. Research into child mental health has shown that often children will work to shield their families from their worries just as we do as parents to our children. Talking about our concerns or at least acknowledging that they exist, is important and supports young brains in making healthy connections. During this period of self-isolation / social distancing we thought you might appreciate some ideas to support your child with what will be a very difficult situation to understand for them on many levels. Hopefully you will find the ideas below helpful in supporting your children to understand and process this situation and helpful to you as well. Remember that looking after your own mental health and wellbeing is essential!

As always we to are happy to help in any way we can - please email Mr Webb or Mrs Mewett as a first port of call for wellbeing concerns on jwebb@educ.somerset.gov.uk or mmewett@educ.somerset.gov.uk.

Transition / Return to school support

Mental Wellbeing Lifehacks

Education Psychology Service Helpline

Mindline

Everybody Worries - ebook

Coronavirus - ebook

Dave the Dog - ebook

SEND newsletter

Here is a link to a weekly SEND newsletter supplied by the County Council - weekly letter

This contact details for outside services who may be able to support you during this time. 

Range of support services available locally and nationally:

  • Your local GP/GP out of hours/111/ 999
  • Kooth – Safe and anonymous online support for young people until 10pm – friendly counsellors, self-help and community support. kooth.com
  • Samaritans – Free, confidential emotional support for those experiencing distress, self har, or suicidal feelings. https://www.samaritans.org/
  • Young Minds – From eating disorders, to abuse, anxiety, and depression – suggests support for a huge range of difficulties for young people and their parents/carers. https://youngminds.org.uk/
  • Childline – Free and confidential support and information via message boards, 1-1 telephone calls, and online support. https://www.childline.org.uk/ / 0800 1111
  • One You – A useful website with apps and resources for mental health and general wellbeing topics.
  • Shout – A free and confidential 24/7 text service for anyone in a crisis. Text SHOUT to 85258
  • Oasis Talk – Offers free self-help guides on depression, anxiety, panic attacks, sleeping, improving self-esteem, and mindfulness.
  • Self-Injury Support – Provides information and support for girls and women who self-harm. Email and web chat available. https://www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk/ Telephone helpline available 0808 800 8088 Text support available 07537 432 444
  • Doc Ready – Prepares young people for their first visit to their GP to talk about their mental health. http://www.docready.org/#/home
  • Harmless – Provides support, information, and training to people who self-harm, as well as their families. harmless.org.uk
  • NSPCC – Provides useful tips surrounding self-harm to help parents. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/self-harm/
  • TESS – Text and email support service for women and girls affected by self-harm. Text service available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7pm-09:30pm 07537 432 444 Email and web chat available selfinjurysupport.orh.uk
  • Papyrus – Youth Suicide Prevention Advice – Confidential helpline service and website offering support to anyone under the age of 35 who is experiencing suicidal thoughts, or anyone who is worried about a young person experiencing suicidal thoughts. https://papyrus-uk.org/ Helpline 0800 068 4141, Text 07786 209687, Email pat@papyrus-uk.org
  • Anxiety UK – Live chat and email support for children and young people experiencing anxiety. https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/
  • Big White Wall – Online counselling service for youing people aged 16+ https://www.bigwhitewall.com/
  • Staying Safe – An online resource with information and support for suicidal thoughts. stayingsafe.net
  • Mind – An online support with information on how to support someone feeling suicidal. https://www.mind.org.uk/media/5452271/how-to-support-someone-who-feels-suicidal-2017.pdf
  • National Suicide Prevention Alliance – Online resource for support/how to cope with suicidal thoughts. https://www.nspa.org.uk/resources/?resource_category=providing-individual-support
  • Survivors UK – A helpline for men 18 and over who have experienced rape or sexual abuse at any time in their lives. https://www.survivorsuk.org/
  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – A website for men seeking support around issues such as abuse, drugs and alcohol, depression, anxiety etc.Webchat available 5pm-12pm every day https://www.thecalmzone.net/ Helpline open 5pm-12pm every day. 0800 58 58 58
  • Women’s Aid – A national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. https://www.womensaid.org.uk/
  • No Panic – A voluntary charity who helps people that suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other related anxiety disorders. https://nopanic.org.uk/
  • Victim Support – Supporting children and young people who have been affected by crime. Also provides support for parents and professionals who work with children and young people. https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/young-victims-crime
  • Anorexia and Bulimia Care – A national eating disorders organisation providing on-going care, emotional support, and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders. http://www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk/ Helpline 03000 11 12 13
  • Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA) – Provides support to anyone suffering from, or supporting someone with an eating disorder. Services include counselling, self-help groups, training for health care provides, and a college support service. https://www.swedauk.org/
  • Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS) – Confidential support for those who have experienced sexual violence or abuse at any time in their lives. SARSAS provide information, emotional support, signposting advice, and can help you access counselling services. http://www.sarsas.org.uk/helpline/
  • Bullying UK – Offers support and advice to young people and families. https://www.bullying.co.uk/ Confidential helpline 0808 800 222 Open Monday-Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm Email askus@familylives.org.uk
  • Students Against Depression – Information, advice, and real-life stories for students suffering with depression. https://www.studentsagainstdepression.org/
  • Beat – Online support, resources and self-help groups on all types of eating disorders. https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/
  • Head Meds – Information for young people around medication, mental health and life. https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/medications/
  • Frank – Information about drugs, their effects and the law around them. https://www.talktofrank.com/ Helpline 0300 123 6600 Open 24/7, 7 days a week. Text support 82111 Email https://www.talktofrank.com/contact
  • Mermaids UK – Individual and family support for teenagers and children with gender identifying issues. https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/  Helpline 0808 801 0400 Open Monday-Friday 9am-9pm
  • Mindline Trans+ - Confidential emotional, mental health support for people that identify as Transgender, Agender, Gender Fluid, Non-Binary etc. Also supports family members and friends of young people. http://mindlinetrans.org.uk/ Helpline 0300 330 5468 Open Mondays and Fridays 8pm-12pm
  • LGBTQ + Switchboard - Helpline, support and advice foe anyone who is struggling with their gender identity. 0300 330 0630 Open 10am-10pm every day Online chat chris@switchboard.lgbt
  • LGBTQ Foundation – A national charity delivering advice, support and information services to the LGBT community. Also offers support for sexual health, substance misuse, and domestic abuse. https://lgbt.foundation/ Helpline 0345 330 30 30 Open Monday to Friday 10am-6pm
  • FFLAG – National voluntary organisation and charity dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay, bisexual and Trans children. https://www.fflag.org.uk/ Helpline 0845 652 0311
  • Safe Space – Empowering students to affect change by supporting student-led efforts to positively impact their own schools and local communities. https://www.glsen.org/
  • 2BU Somerset – Resources and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young peoples in Somerset. 2bu-somerset.co.uk
  • Cruse – Bereavement support for adults and young people. cruse.org.uk
  • CEOP Police – Provides information about keeping young people safe alone, and if you are concerned about online sexual abuse. ceop.police.uk
  • CYP Somerset ED – Resources to support schools, colleges, getset services, children’s centres and the wider children and yung people’s workforce to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Somerset. https://www.cypsomersethealth.org/new_home
  • Family Lives – Advice about bullying, and supporting through exam stress. familylives.org.uk Helpline 0808 800 2222
  • In Charley’s Memory – 1:1 counselling service for children and young people aged 11-25. Based in Burnham on Sea. incharleysmemory.co.uk Telephone number 01278 557490
  • Josephine’s Star – A charity offering counselling/support to families and children after bereavement in Somerset. josephinesstar.org.uk
  • Mind Ed – Free educational resources on children and young people’s mental health for adults. https://www.minded.org.uk/
  • GetSelfHelp – Online resources for CBT and self-help worksheets to help with anxiety, low mood, panic attacks, and other mental health issues.
  • Somewhere House - Somewhere House aims to reach individuals who most need help through a variety of services, including low cost counselling, educational workshops and community projects. They see clients in Burnham, Highbridge, Cheddar, Bridgwater and local schools. somewherehousesomerset.org
  • Somerset Talking Therapies – Offering a wide range of treatments for adults over 18 years of age who are registered with a GP surgery in Somerset and need support with their mental health. Includes online resources for self-help. somersettalkingtherapies.nhs.uk
  • The Mix – Support for under 25’s around a variety of issues such as mental health, exam stress, relationships, and drugs. themix.org.uk Helpline 0808 808 4994 Crisis Text Service, Text ‘THEMIX’ to 85258, 1:1 chat https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support/speak-to-our-team Open 7 days a week 4pm-11pm
  • Sedgemoor CAB – Advising, supporting, empowering people and driving social change. The Citizens Advice service offers practical, up-to-date information and advice on a wide range of topics, including debt, housing, benefits, legal, discrimination, employment, immigration, consumer and other problems. www.sedgemoorcab.org.uk