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Mental Health Update

Fantastic News: Place to Be is now at Goffs!  

Place to Be is an on-site counselling service for students mainly in years 7-9. Place to Be are a charity supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and we are very excited to have this provision now at our school.

Place to Be run drop in sessions for students at break and lunch times, sessions of counselling on a referral basis and support for students and staff with ongoing difficulties including bereavement, 1:1 support and peer support. Please free to contact Jennie Robinson at jr@goffs.herts.sch.uk if you have any queries regarding this.

In other mental health news, we are regularly updating students about where to get help if they need it, and supporting campaigns in school such as Heads Together, Time to Change and Stamp out Stigma. These are key charities that can support students and families with mental health issues. Please make sure you follow our Goffs Twitter page @Goffs_School for regular updates.

Students can also access additional support via Linda Noble, our school Counsellor, and Liz Allum and Sue Pressney our fully trained Mental Health First Aiders.

The school are also running very successful Mindfulness sessions for students taking exams. These sessions are designed to help students feel calm and less ‘stressed out’ before their exams. We are looking to develop this for students across the school.

Obviously we are all very shocked and saddened about the recent terror attacks, and if your son or daughter is affected by this in any way then please do not hesitate to contact us for additional support. Please find below an ‘information for parents’ leaflet, which we have received from CAMHS.

Coming up this term: we are holding a mental health conference for students to gain feedback and suggestions about how to improve mental health support at school. We are also having a Wellbeing week in July to promote key areas such as keeping fit and healthy, taking about mental health and where to access support.

If you have any queries or concerns do not hesitate to contact me: Liz Allum, eal@goffs.herts.sch.uk

 

Information for Children and Young People and Families

Manchester Arena Terror Incident 22nd May 2017

Following the tragic incident at the MEN Arena on the 22nd May, we recognise that many children and young people and parents/carers supporting children and young people will be shocked and saddened by what took place. Children and young people in particular may have questions and it can be difficult to know what to say.

There are approaches that support children and young people through this time more effectively which include:

  • Let them know that you understand their feelings.
  • Listen to children, give them the opportunity to talk if and when they want to.
  • Be consistent and reassuring.
  • Continue to keep routines and normal daily activities.
  • Keep in touch with school/college about supporting a consistent approach.
  • Keep them from seeing too much of the frightening pictures of the event.

Here are some guidelines on how you can respond to children and young people. We have included some links for more detailed guidance for children, young people parents/carers and professionals. Many young people do not go onto develop mental health conditions and recover naturally, however, if symptoms are severe or continue beyond 2- 4 weeks further specialist mental health advice and support can be accessed via your GP or schools/colleges.

Advice if you're upset or made anxious by the news:

(Appropriate for children and young people primary school age and upwards)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/13865002


(Appropriate for older young people 13-25 years)

www.themix.org.uk


Coping after a traumatic event:

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders/copingafteratraumaticevent.aspx


Supporting children after a frightening event: for parents/carers/professionals:

http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/medical-information-0/procedures-and-treatments/supporting-children-after-frightening-event


https://childbereavementuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/1.4b-Supporting-children-after-a-frightening-event.pdf?noredir=true


Talking about terrorism- Tips for Parents

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/supporting-children-worried-about-terrorism/

 


 

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