Mental health and wellbeing plays a vital role in education and impact on our students’ learning. Here at Beatrice Tate School we are committed to advancing and safeguarding studentsâ€™ emotional wellbeing and good health through a school-wide approach which is taught across the curriculum and enhanced by initiatives led by specialist staff. This includes yoga for students, music therapy, a healthy-eating student run tuck shop, specially-designated spaces where students and staff can relax and unwind including non-teaching rooms and a wheelchair-accessible garden to name a few. We are also part of the Calm Schools Initiative and have membership to the Headspace mindfulness app – to support staff and students’ wellbeing.
In addition, we equip students and their families with the tools, knowledge and experience to manage their own mental and physical health. The Skills for Life course held at our school (and funded by the LBTH Idea Store) helps the families of our students improve their English language and computer skills. Termly Family learning sessions also help parents and carers to work with their child and other families on a broad range of workshops covering issues around wellness and community support.
This academic year the school committed to working towards the School Mental Health Award. This is supported by the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University who say â€śThe Department for Education recognises the direct link between positive mental health in schools and successful educational outcomes; the Mental Health Award for Schools builds on this link and provides a framework for educational institutions to evidence policies and initiatives that work towards improving emotional health and wellbeing for both staff and pupils.â€ť
You can find more information and resources on local and national help available to you below.
Your GP They will be able to provide help and advice. Your GP can also provide access to appropriate specialist services and local organisations.
Call 111 You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but itâ€™s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
NHS mental health services Find local mental health services on the NHS website. http://www.nhs.uk
Childline Free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday.
Mind – Infoline Offers advice and support to service users; has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help.
0300 123 3393, text number: 86463
SANEÂ Provides practical help, emotional support and specialist information for people aged 16 and over with mental health problems, their family, friends and carers.
0300 304 7000
SupportlineÂ Confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.
BeatÂ Provides helplines, self-help groups and online support to anyone affected by eating disorders.
Helpline: 0808 801 0677,
Youthline: 0808 801 0711,
Studentline: 0808 801 0811
The SamaritansÂ The Samaritans provide a confidential service for people in despair and who feel suicidal.
NSPCCÂ Provides helplines and information on child abuse, child protection and safeguarding children.
0808 800 5000
Young MindsÂ Young Minds has a Parent Helpline that offers free confidential telephone and email support to any adult worried about the wellbeing of a child or young person.
0808 802 5544
Youth Wellbeing Directory
Helps you find support for mental health and wellbeing of young people up to age 25 across the UK.
Free resource about mental health and addiction issues. It has advice and documents on issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm, bipolar, eating disorders and coping.
Provides a comprehensive list of mental health helplines in the UK.
Mental Health Foundation This website offers a wide range of information about mental health issues.
Health Talk Online
Aims to provide balanced information about the experience of everyday life with a range of health conditions and issues, what to expect both physically and mentally, overcoming practical difficulties, making decisions about treatment and talking to health professionals.
YouthinMind is an online resource for information about mental health and offers brief assessments. It also provides links to other useful books, websites and services. http://youthinmind.info/py/yiminfo/