Mental Health and Wellbeing
Information Regarding Mental Health and Wellbeing
During these unprecedented times, we have complete empathy with just how confusing and overwhelming it can be to understand what is the best approach to supporting your child - in all ways, education, health and general wellbeing. We are confident in being able to provide your child with an environment that is as safe and secure as possible, and that in working together as a community, while we understand that there will always be various factors over which we have little control, we can work to provide a nurturing environment in which your child can continue to 'flourish'.
Policies and Information
Mental Health Support
Kooth can be accessed via website or via the app and students/parents can self refer for help, it doesn't need to go through a doctor or school referral process: it is also picked up by trained counsellors to support the student. www.kooth.com
Young Minds offers a similar service to Kooth but the support is supported' by trained professionals rather than counsellors actually supporting the students. youngminds.org.uk
MIND are offering free virtual wellbeing sessions (out of school hours) for young people to combat stress, deal with emotions and reduce anxiety in order to enhance resilience. Further information and enrolment onto the course can be found at: https://www.maidstonemind.org/virtual-bounce-back-courses/
MIND also provide information on how to access support and services for a range of issues such as abuse, bereavement, mental
health, housing and benefits: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/
Making Miracles are a local charity supporting young people and families through loss and bereavement, particularly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. They have offered 6 FREE bereavement counselling sessions to any young person who may benefit from it. This is not explicit to COVID being the cause of a loss, but is open to anyone who has lost during COVID from other causes. www.makingmiracles.org.uk
Further information can be found at the Kent Resilience Hub.
Bereavement support for children and young people - Kent Resilience Hub
Positive Well-being for Parents
An online picture book by Jon Burgerman for children who are worried about Coronavirus
If your child is struggling, this booklist has identified some books for home reading which are recommended to support children with anxieties.
sent to us by Medway Virtual School