Wellbeing is about feeling good inside and out. We all go through difficult times and often talking to parents, family, friends, tutors, teachers or Peer Mentors will help, but if that doesn’t work, it can help to talk to someone else.
My name is Heidi Kavanagh and I work as the Student Support Manager. I work 1:1 with students experiencing anxiety, low mood, family or personal issues, or other problems that have a detrimental impact on their lives. The work I do is confidential and safeguarding rules are discussed at the first meeting.
If you need help or support you can refer yourself, or ask your tutor or Progress Leader to refer you to the Student Support Team (Heidi Kavanagh, Mrs Diamond, Miss Lancaster, Miss Dossitt, Mr Poole and Miss Eskriett). We meet regularly to look at referrals and who is the best person for each student to see.
You could be referred to the:
Student Support/Mental Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator – Heidi Kavanagh;
Counsellor and Art Therapist - Irene;
ELSA - Mrs Page;
Welfare Officer - Mrs Diamond; or
Student Support - Miss Lancaster and Miss Dossitt
When specialist help is needed or a student would rather seek help outside of school, we liaise with, and refer onto, other agencies, such as: It’s Your Choice, Yellow Door, No Limits, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and others.
It can be very difficult to talk about your feelings and what’s happening in your life and if you’re not ready to talk to someone yet, the following websites might be able to help.
https://youngminds.org.uk/ National UK Charity for Young People and Mental Health. Lots of information and support on all mental health conditions.
http://www.themix.org.uk/ offers information, advice and support on all issues via webchat, forums etc., for people under age 25.
www.childline.org offer advice and protection to children and young people worried about any problem.
www.studentsagainistdepression.org developed for students and by students, offering information and practical resources to help young people find a way forward from depression, and a place to share stories. Offer a 10 module online workbook to help overcome depression.
www.healthtalk.org/young-peoples-experiences Learn about other young people’s experiences of depression and low mood.
http://www.viacharacter.org/www/ Free character strengths survey, can help you recognise your strengths and what you might want to improve.
https://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sk/skillsactionplanning.htm Helpful information on how to go about Problem Solving and Action Planning.
http://hopeagain.org.uk/ is the youth website run by Cruse Bereavement for young people who have lost a loved one.
http://www.simonsays.org.uk/download-information/ A local charity offering information and support to young people up to age 18 who have lost a parent of sibling. Run a group in Eastleigh weekly.
www.talktofrank.com Confidential information and advice for those concerned about their own or someone else’s drug misuse. Freephone: 0800 77 6600
https://www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk/ information from Solent NHS on sexual health and contraception.
Most counselling services have waiting lists but offer an initial assessment meeting within a couple of months before adding you to their waiting list. If you are considering counselling, refer yourself rather than wait until you are desperate!
http://iyc.org.uk/need-help/counselling/ offer groups and one to one counselling to ages 12 – 25 for all issues. Based in Totton. Can self-refer online.
https://www.yellowdoor.org.uk/for-young-people offer counselling to young people aged 11 to 18 who have experienced any form of sexual violence or abuse whether it has happened recently or a long time ago. Also offer a confidential Helpline on Weds afternoon.
http://www.italk.org.uk/self-referral/ italk is a psychological therapy service for ages 16+ Refer yourself online/by phone. For people with depression, anxiety, compulsive disorders, phobias, panic and post-traumatic stress disorder. Offer groups, telephone counselling, online support and face to face counselling.
Whats Up? Coping strategies information on anger, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, stress. Tracker of positive habits and diary.
Headspace Offers a 10 day, free beginners mindfulness programme accessed via phone app or online.
Calm Meditations and music plus sleep stories.