We’re writing to you today as a team of sixth form students that have formed a mental health and well-being team, within Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre in conjunction with teachers and members of our school community. Over the last few years we’ve noted, as I’m sure you have, an increasing and urgent need for a heightened awareness and support surrounding mental health. No matter how good or bad, everyone has mental health that deserves to be nurtured and guided towards a prosperous life; so, as a team, we’ve decided to shed more light, implement more support and start more conversations around an umbrella of disorders, symptoms, helplines and solutions. Together, we want to provide an open environment, dedicated to the improvement of lives, while attaining lifelong skills that will aid your child to a happier future.
Our ongoing work is produced and worked on by a team of sixth form students, with the incorporation of children from younger years, using questionnaires to grasp their input into how they feel more support would be valued. Proudly, we found our work on the specified and requested requirements of the students, aiming to implement meaningful and personal change.
Across our prospective plan for the future, we will be introducing mindfulness training, a men’s mental health outreach, lunch time groups (sometimes including: focus groups, meditation, mindfulness activities, healthier habits etc.), year group reps, mental health hotspots around the school, tutorial lessons and a parental package (which is attached).
To introduce ourselves as a team to the guardians of Wyedean students, we have produced the parental package which can be easily accessed as a brief guide for any queries surrounding your child’s mental health, and where to acquire further support.
Whether or not you believe someone is battling with their mental health, their wellbeing counts and should be protected, it is our job to be the catalyst for change.
Mental Health Helplines
Access to the Kooth service - an online mental wellbeing platform for 11-18 years olds – will end in Gloucestershire on the 17th March 2022. The service was commissioned on a temporary basis by the County Council to provide an additional support option for young people during the pandemic.
There are a range of alternative mental health services available in the county for children and young people.
The CCG have launched a new anonymous mental health support finder for under 25s called ‘On Your Mind Glos’. The service is designed to help young people find the advice and support that’s right for them. Please signpost young people to www.onyourmindglos.nhs.uk or text 07984 404 388.
Young people experiencing mild-moderate mental health issues who wish to access support anonymously on a ‘drop in’ basis can also continue to access the new TIC+Chat helpline for 9-21 year olds available at www.ticplus.org.uk/ticpluschat/ (opening hours Sunday-Thursday 5pm-9pm). Support is available via telephone and webchat.
TIC+ also provides a range of counselling options for young people aged 9-21 years (phone, text chat or video chat) dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, bereavement, bullying, anger, and self-harm. Young people can visit www.ticplus.org.uk/counselling/ to self-refer.
Young Gloucestershire offers a range of support options to help young people with their mental health, including counselling, and support with self-harm. Visit www.youngglos.org.uk for more information.
The CAMHS service, which offers a specialist emotional wellbeing and mental health service for all children and young people up to 18 years of age, remains open as usual. https://www.ghc.nhs.uk/other-areas/cyp/
If you are supporting any young person (aged 11 plus) who presents in crisis or a high level of emotional distress, please contact the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team: Tel: 0800 169 0398; www.ghc.nhs.uk/our-teams-and-services/crhtt/ 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If there is an immediate danger to life, please dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.