Mental Health Support
NEW- Kooth has now been commissioned in Medway. Young people can go to www.kooth.com to access free, safe and anonymous mental health support. It is available from 11 years old which means Year 6 students can use the website to help with anything they might be going through, including their upcoming transition.
A new text service has been launched across Kent and Medway for people of all ages needing mental health support.
As part of the ‘Release the Pressure’ campaign, the texts are free on all major networks and the service is provided by SHOUT and the Crisis Text Line
By texting the word “Kent’ or ‘Medway’ to 85258, you will start a conversation with one of many trained and experienced volunteers who can give support at any time, wherever you are. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
CLICK HERE for Mental Health Support and Services during COVID-19 – North Kent and Medway
Rivermead Inclusive Trust Support Documentation
At Hoo St Werburgh Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
- encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
We offer different levels of support:
- Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing resilience for all.
- Additional support- For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
- Targeted support- For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups, nurture groups, lunchtime support or personal mentors.
Hoo St Werburgh Primary School works with Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity that helps pupils explore their emotions and feel better about themselves.
Children can go to the Place2Be room in school to express themselves by making art, playing or talking.
Why is Place2Be useful?
Sometimes children can feel particularly sad, confused, scared or angry.
Maybe something difficult happened at home, like losing a family member or parents separating. Or perhaps they’re struggling with something at school, like bullying. This can make them behave differently, lose confidence in themselves or find it difficult to concentrate in class.
Place2Be is there to help children find ways to cope, so their worries don’t get in the way of their friendships, their learning or how they feel about themselves.
What does Place2Be do?
Place2Be’s professionals work with children one-to-one or in small groups, giving regular support for pupils who need it.
Children can also book a short appointment to talk about any problems or worries they have – this is called Place2Talk.
How does Place2Be work with adults?
Place2Be provides support and advice for parents and carers, as well as teachers and school staff. Get in touch with the Place2Be staff member below to find out more.
Place2Be always gets agreement from parents or carers before they support a child through one-to-one counselling. They also meet with parents or carers regularly to keep them updated and make sure they are involved from the start.
Dawn Hamblett is our School Project Manager for Place2Be.
She is in school Monday – Thursday and you can either arrange to meet them at the school or get in touch by email Dawn.Hamblett@place2be.orgor by calling school on 01634 338040
If you want to find out more about Place2Be visit place2be.org.uk
Where else can you get help? Useful Links
NELFT NHS : The Medway Young Persons’ Wellbeing Service provides emotional wellbeing and mental health advice and support for young people and their families across Medway.
A great website which gives trust, impartial help to get you through the bad times.
A public health England and NHS site to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.
Supporting Separated Families Alliance: Kent. This website exists for families in Kent where relationships have broken down and separation is taking place.
Further useful resources for anybody experiencing difficulties in the home due to isolation.
During the time we are closed you can pick from this list of services if you need to talk to someone.
A story from Dave the Dog- hopefully it will help to settle any worries.
Top tips on how to look after you and your family when stuck indoors.