UPDATE FROM THE NHS
As part of their ongoing support, the NHS has introduced a new number for anyone to use who is suffering from mental health worries and live in Cheshire East, Cheshire West and the Wirral. The number is 0300 303 3972. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can ring and speak to someone - you do not need your parents to do this for you. There is also a new website from the NHS about responding to poor mental health. The quick quiz you can do generates ideas on how to feel better - try it here.
THIS IS ALL ABOUT YOU
Looking after your mental health is fundamental as it affects how we relate to the world around us and our ability to function on a daily basis. At AESG we recognise the importance of looking after our mental health. Rachel is our Student Wellbeing Counsellor. She specialises in supporting all students with any mental helath related issues/ worries. This includes a wide range of things including low self-esteem, stress and anxiety to eating issues and depression. No issue is too big or small. She is in school every Tueday. Please feel free to come and find her if you have concerns about yourself or a friend. Referrals for counselling can be made via Mrs Wood.
As a teenager, we realise that you are under pressure from all sorts of things. Whether it be freindships, relationships with your family members, worries about examination performance, anything can give you added stress that you can struggle to manage. You may notice signs in your friends that include being tearful very often, being intolerant towards their friends, a lack of energy/ motivation and a change in appearance or weight. If you or a friend are experiencing any of these symptoms, please report it or come and talk to us.
Our School Nurse may talk to you about CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team also called Young Minds) which is a group of specialists, who you may be referred to, for support if you are suffering from emotional, behavioural or mental health problems.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
There are a number of staff who have been trained in Mental Health First Aid. This includes all the Heads of Year, Claire our Nurse and Mrs Wood. This training has given the staff the tools to do their best to listen to you, to help and find strategies that can work to enable you to take control of what you need. There are lots of resources on the MHFA website and there are displays in school with links to these materials too.
TIME TO TALK - Thursday 7 February 2019
It is estimated that a quarter of us suffer from mental health problems. Unfortunately, this is a topic that is often not included in conversation. This Time to Talk event was focused on bringing together the right ingredients to ensure we do talk about our mental health. Lots of resources can be found following this link. Whether it is you, a friend or family member, make sure you give everyone time to talk and listen.
The Mix is a support designed for under 25s only. There are discussion boards on their website as well as group chats and access to counselling services. You can also ring them on 0808 808 4994.
ChildLine provides examples of real life stories about depression and where you can go to for advice.
YoungMinds is a really useful website offering advice to teenagers and their parents with many links to other agencies.
Better mental health - Mind
If you are helping someone at home who has mental health problems, Rethink Mental Health has lots of support and advice.
You can also watch a video here about dealing with stress associated with examinations. There is also a set list of music to help you revise.
Sometimes a member of your family or friendship group may be really struggling with a recent bereavement. Follow this link for advice.
Don't forget to pop in and see our School Nurse. She has lots of advice booklets and strategies to use to manage stress at school and home.