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Telephone calls to the school counsellor.

The school counsellor does not communicate directly with parents. Students are told this is a confidential service, however, they know that if the counsellor has any concerns that a child may be at risk it will be passed on to safeguarding staff who will inform parents, etc.

If a parent has any concerns about a child seeing the school counsellor, or would like to pass on a message, they can contact Mr Mather.

If parents have any other concerns about their child, they should contact their year group's pastoral team.

 


 

Online Support

As a service, fully commissioned across Newcastle and Gateshead by Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Kooth.com is a safe, confidential and nonstigmatised 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.

Available in more than 100 Clinical Commissioning Group areas in England, 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 specific criteria required to access the service, all young people are supported no matter how small or big their issue may be.

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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 parents@xenzone.com.

 

You can also find further information about our service on our website https://xenzone.com/kooth/.

 


How To Maintain Good Mental Wellbeing During Isolation.

Wellbeing is about being able to experience good health, happiness and high life satisfaction, including managing your stress. It's not always easy to find the right strategies to establish and maintain your wellbeing. Often the most successful methods are unique to you and ones that can be consistently applies for instance, every week.

 

Top Tips for all:

  • Minset & Thoughts
    Sometimes, we can only see the problems and challenges. Try to take a few moments every day to reflect. Perhaps through writing in a journal or spending five minutes in the morning to notice something we can be thankful for and feel positive about.
  • Keep Physically Active
    Studies show that there is approximately 20-30% lower risk of repression for adults participating in daily physical activity. Try to follow a series of fitness videos online or, if you prefer, go out for a walk each day. Even if you can't find time during the week, carve out time at the weekend. Many people find that just the connection with outdoors and being able to walk in an open / green space helps to 'reset' their mind and wellbeing for the day.
  • Positive Thoughts
    When your thoughts are overwhelmingly negative, we can find it hard to find headspace to think positively. Try this… imagine you are sat on top of a hill and you are looking down at a train track below where trains are coming and going.Now imagine the trains are your thoughts. Watch them come and go, but don’t get on the train. Just watch the thoughts come and go in your mind without actually following the negative ones down an unhelpful/negative track just watch it pass!
  • Good Quality Sleep
    If your mind feels full up or your emotions are overwhelming,you will find it hard to enjoy a goods night’s sleep. There are lots of free meditation and soothing sound videos on YouTube (waves, rain, calming music). Or find a podcast which is funny or humorous. Write your thoughts down on a pad or create a ‘to do’ list. Then put the pad out of sight until the morning. Deep breathing for at least 3 minutes can also help, in slowly through your nose and out slowly through your through your mouth.
  • Eat Well
  • A 2014 study found high levels of wellbeing were reported by individuals who are more fruit and vegetables. The key to alancing eating well with a busy family life is to plan ahead. If you can plan weekend meals and buy the ingredients ahead of time this reduces the number of 'ast minute' unhealth meals.
  • Accepting Help
    We must be able to lean on others when necessary.It is unreasonable for us to assume we will never need help throughout our life. This means accepting help which may be volunteered or asking when the need arises. The help could be through a friend, relative or service you trust, including national helplines.
  • Doing Good Does You Good
    There is a strong relationship between wellbeing and compassion. Doing good can help lower stress levels and improve your wellbeing and mental health. However, this can also work the other way and you should always ansure that you are not helpong otheres at the cost of your own wellbeing.
  • Stay Connected
    Higher rates of mental health problems,such as depression and anxiety, are associated with loneliness and social isolation. Often socialising with others can feel like a lot of effort in the evening when we’re tired. However, healthy relationships and connections to others have a significant impact on maintaining good wellbeing. Using video calls, live streaming or ‘Facetiming’ is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family if you’re feeling isolated. If you prefer calling,pick up the phone for a chat.Maintaining good relationships helps to set a good example for children, as they notice and imitate the behaviour and emotions of those around them.

 

For further information, check out these resources:

www.nhs.uk
www.mentalhealth.org.uk
www.livingwell.org.auwww.mentalhealth.org.uk

 

*These tips are from The National College Wellbeing Poster. Download our Mental Wellbeing poster below. 

Covid-19 Student/Parent Handbook.

 

You can download the student/parent handbook here;