Student Wellbeing

Student mental health and wellbeing is incredibly important to us at Fosse Way. We support the mentaland wellbeing of our students by offering the following:

Classroom support:
– All classes across the school use the Zones of Regulation.
– Staff support students to learn strategies to help with anxiety management and regulation.
– All classrooms implement the Top 10 Strategies: Enabling Environment for Autistic Young People.

Internal support:
– We can refer students for ELSA sessions, to support emotional development and to help students to cope with challenges.
– We can refer students to our Music Therapist, Lexi Giorgetti-Knott. Lexi sometimes works with parents and students in collaboration.
– We have a P16 and secondary counsellor who both work with students on a referral basis.
– Our behaviour team offers a range of interventions, including anxiety and anger management work.
– Our Speech and Language Therapy Team work can offer some wellbeing work for particular individuals. This team may also provide group-based interventions.
– Jax, our school therapy dog, supports many of our students across the school.
– Jade Jeffery is our Designated Mental Health Lead.

External support:
– We work closely with the Mental Health Support Team (MHST), which is a school-based service delivered by the NHS. The MHST works with young people aged 5-18 years experiencing mild to moderate emotional and wellbeing difficulties. We are able to refer students to the MHST for low-intensity cognitive behavioural therapy and would ask for your consent before doing so. We post information about our MHST link in our termly newsletter.
– We work closely with the Child and Adult Mental Health Service (CAMHS). We can refer individuals to CAMHS and would ask for your consent before doing so.
– Our Designated Mental Health Lead meets with CAMHS and the MHST termly to speak about particular individuals. We would obtain your consent before doing this.
– We work closely with social care and sometimes will refer to Early Help to obtain mental health and emotional wellbeing support for students. We would speak to you before submitting this referral.
– We organise parent/carer talks and workshops ran by external professionals, including CAMHS, MHST and family therapists.
– We work closely with Off the Record.

Student friendly posters are displayed across the school which outline what we offer to our students.

Our Senior Designated Mental Health Lead is Jade Jeffery. Please contact Jade if you are worried about your child’s mental health.

There are also a lot of things students and families can do at home to support their mental health and the mental health of their loved ones. Below is a list of ideas and resources for you to explore:

 

The Five Ways to Wellbeing :

Connect: Spend time with family and friends.  Enjoy doing things together and talking to each other.

Be active:  It keeps you physically healthy, and makes you feel good

Keep learning: Try something new. Try a new hobby, or learn about something just because it interests you.

Take notice: Take a break to see how you feel. Relax and look around you or listen to music, take a few deep breaths.

Give: Do something for a friend or relation/adult, as well as making them feel good, it can make you feel good too!

The Five Ways to Wellbeing

Supporting your familes Wellbeing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF7Ou43Vj6c

Chat Health

You can text a school nurse for confidential health advice (including mental health) :

ChatHealth is a text messaging service available  9-4.30 Mon –Fri

Look out for more information around school/college.

The text number is 07507334357

Or go to chathealth.nhs.uk to start a chat

Kooth

https://www.kooth.com/ – online mental wellbeing community

https://www.kooth.com/video

Shout 85285 – Anna Freud Centre Crisis Messenger

The AFC Crisis Messenger text service is a free, confidential, 24/7 text message support service for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed or is struggling to cope. The service is staffed by trained volunteers who will work with you to take your next steps towards feeling better.

We can help with issues such as anxiety, worry, panic attacks, bullying and depression and are here to talk at any time of day or night.

If you need support, you can text AFC to 85258.

Time to Talk

Time to Talk Next Steps is free support for young people in England in this age group with additional needs. It is for young people who are experiencing anxiety, isolation and who have limited or no plans for the future. You may be in school or in college or have finished all education and be unsure how to move forward. To apply for support for your child please visit the website

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