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Wellbeing and Mental Health

On this page you will find Head Talk videos, online counselling and useful resources that will help students tackle personal feelings or stresses.

"Pupils are happy and optimistic and pupils feel safe."

- Ofsted Inspection, November 2019

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Where to get help while school is closed

If you are struggling on anything with your schoolwork, there are plenty of people who are here to help.
You can email your class teacher, your tutor, Head of Year or Assistant Head of Year. They should be able to support you in your difficulty and email or chat over Teams to help sort things out.
It is normal in life to have ups and downs and especially at this difficult time of lockdown and school being closed. However, we are still here to help. There are various resources below that may help you. Remember everyone copes in different ways and it may take trying a few things before you find what works for you to add to your mental health toolkit. Why not try doing the Mindful Moments that come out each day?
 
If you would like to speak to someone from school about your mental health, please email Mrs Guppy or Mrs Poston who will coordinate some support for you.
Sometimes it may be appropriate to make an appointment to see your GP (doctor) if you are worried about your mental health but if you are not sure who to speak to or what to do, contact Mrs Guppy or Mrs Poston as above. 

Six strategies to protect teenagers' mental health during coronavirus from UNICEF:

1. Recognise that your anxiety is completely normal in this situation
2. Create distractions  
3. Find new ways to connect with your friends
4. Focus on you – eg. find a new activity or film list you want to work through
5. Feel your feelings
6. Be kind to yourself and others

More mental health and student self-care guidance is available at:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/

 


Head Talk

These short videos will help relieve any short term worries and offer useful advice on how to manage stress. Click on the links below to watch on YouTube.

Breathing and mindfulness:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2YPsbawkpE

Physical effects of anxiety:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITWZhxygQao

Coping strategies:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHl9vwjg_i4

The stress bucket: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZxlfLZX9wo

Taking thoughts captive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A2JDG0VR5Y 

Grounding Techniques for anxiety:

 

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Free counselling resources for students

NHS i-Rock: i-Rock is usually a drop-in service for young adults 14s and over, based in Eastbourne, Newhaven and Hastings. They can offer advice and support on emotional and mental wellbeing, jobs, education and housing. There are lots of different people at i-Rock and they have a wide range of knowledge and information.

During lockdown they are still offering support by phone, video chat, email and text. They are also live on Instagram at 4.30pm each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
To ask for support please email

For more information, please visit: https://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/irock

 

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e-motion: A free online counselling project for young people aged 12-18 years who live in East Sussex. A confidential service offering counselling via email or live messaging.

This service is still available during lockdown.

Visit https://www.e-motion.org.uk/ 

 

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Young Minds: A website written about various aspects of mental health specifically for young people.

Visit https://youngminds.org.uk 

 

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Mind: Mental health charity - here to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone. Some very useful information about mental health conditions and how to manage them.

Visit https://www.mind.org.uk/  


Helpful well-being apps

There are a number of apps that can help our well-being available from the app store on your phone. All of them have a free option. We also use some of these in school on the ipod that is available for students to use in Student Services. The websites describing them are found below. 

 

For breathing and mindfulness:

https://www.headspace.com/ - Mediation and sleep made simple. 

https://breethe.com - Learn meditation and mindfulness.

https://www.calm.com/ - Meditation techniques for sleep and stress reduction.


For grounding and distraction:

Colouring apps https://diycandy.com/best-adult-coloring-apps/

 

Monitoring emotions:

https://www.mypossibleself.com/ - The NHS-featured mental health and wellbeing app.

https://helloclue.com/  - For monitoring periods but also the pattern of moods and emotions associated with this. Being aware of these patterns can help an individual to attend to self care during these times.

 

Exercise:

Any suitable app will do, but having an app that keeps one accountable to put in regular exercise can help boost wellbeing. Exercise is proven to have marked effects on anxiety and depression.

https://www.google.com/fit/


We greatly value each one of our school community - from parents and carers to our students and staff. We are looking for students to help produce our wellbeing videos;  promote positive changes for better Well-being and Mental Health;  develop awareness publicity; bring ideas for sharing in worship etc. 

In addition we would warmly welcome ideas from staff and parent/carers. 

What do you feel we need as resources to help well-being?

What would you like to see on our website? 

Have you any ideas for how we can further support our young people and parents?  

All ideas will be considered.

If you have an idea about how we can work together to improve our well-being at SCC, please contact Mrs Poston on: aposton@stcatherines.college

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