How to improve well-being during lockdown

 

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At the Budmouth Academy, the wellbeing of our students is paramount. During such uncertain times, it is more important than ever that our students, parents, and carers feel supported with their well-being.

To support young people and families, I have included links to a number of key organisations that can help with young people’s well-being and help you look after your mental health. In addition your teachers and support staff at Budmouth are always here to help. First port of call should always be the Head of School or the Pastoral Support Leader. All staff at Budmouth Academy are aware that many families and children may be faced with additional stress and uncertainty during long periods of school closure. It is important that you contact the school to see if we can help, or report any concerns you have regarding one of our young people.

The Pastoral Support Leaders are:

Shelley School – Mrs Roberts (droberts@budmouth-aspirations.org

Attenborough School – Mrs Taylor (jtaylor@budmouth-aspirations.org)

Turing School – Mrs Kirby (dkirby@budmouth-aspirations.org)

Hawking School – Mr Pring (PPring@budmouth-aspirations.org)

Student Support Centre – Mrs Lawrence (alawrence@budmouth-aspirations.org)

The designated Senior Safeguarding Officer, Mr Hoffmann – (mhoffmann@budmouth-aspirations.org) is also available to discuss any concerns that you may have.

Place2Be (P2B) is a children’s mental health charity with over 25 years’ experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools. P2B are launching a Children Mental Health Week, which starts on the 1st Feb 2021 (see link below). They have some good resources that can support both parents and pupils.

https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/schools-and-youth-groups/

Resilience

At Budmouth Academy we understand that there is a very clear link between a student’s well-being and their ability to progress with their academic studies.  To ensure that our young people are equipped with the necessary skills to support them through their learning journey and beyond, Budmouth Academy is committed to building a tailored Academic Resilience Approach that meets the needs of our community. We have been fortunate enough to receive support from Dorset Council and together with the specialist Educational Psychologists we are trialling the approach with a number of students with a view to rolling it out to the wider community during the next academic year.  If you would like to know about the work we are doing on resilience and wellbeing, please click on the link below:

https://www.boingboing.org.uk/academic-resilience-approach/

Parents and Carers

Below are also a series of links to a number of useful sites linked to the well-being of parents and carers.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zctjkty

https://www.annafreud.org/parents-and-carers/resources/

https://www.annafreud.org/media/11478/secondary-parents-leaflet-final-proofed-april-2020.pdf

General Support

Steps to Wellbeing
https://www.steps2wellbeing.co.uk/covid_19/covid_19/covid_19_resources/
https://www.steps2wellbeing.co.uk/_document/content/attachment/_169.pdf

Headspace
https://www.headspace.com/

Mind
https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/our-mission/

TalkWorks (18+)
https://www.talkworks.dpt.nhs.uk/
https://www.talkworks.dpt.nhs.uk/what-is-anxiety

Beat (Eating Disorders Support)
https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/

Heads Together
https://www.headstogether.org.uk/

Self Esteem Team
https://www.selfesteemteam.org/mental-health-support

Young Minds
https://youngminds.org.uk/youngminds-professionals/our-projects/minded/
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

Balloons Charity (Bereavement Support)
https://www.balloonscharity.co.uk/about-us/

Mental Health
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/getting-help

Calm
https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/

CAMHS Dorset Covid 19 advice
https://camhsdorset.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Secondary-Covid-Leaflet.pdf
https://camhsdorset.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Letter-Covid-CYP.pdf
https://camhsdorset.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/CAMH-Welcome-sheet-V2-3.pdf

Dorset Mind Your Head
https://dorsetmindyourhead.co.uk

Dorset Mind Your Head leaflets for Stress and Panic Attacks
https://dorsetmindyourhead.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Quick-Tips-Stress.pdf
https://dorsetmindyourhead.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Quick-Tips-Panic-Attacks.pdf

Support for Parents and Carers

MindEd for Families
https://mindedforfamilies.org.uk/

NHS support for exam stress
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/coping-with-exam-stress/

Tips for parents
https://359d2952-cb6b-4a9f-9cb5-ea52830aa703.filesusr.com/ugd/a2c6f4_e12ac45a5c8142989e51aa27e2ea5ab4.pdf

CAHMS Dorset Covid 19 advice for parents
https://camhsdorset.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Secondary-Parent-Isolation-leaflet-2.pdf

Happy Maps
https://www.happymaps.co.uk/help-directory/looking-after-yourself-and-your-family

Parent and Carer Toolkit
https://www.cypsomersethealth.org/parent_and_carer_toolkit

Hotlines and Immediate Support

Samaritans
Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Website: https://www.samaritans.org

Mind Infoline
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday) or text 86463
Email: info@mind.org.uk
Website: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines

Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am – 4pm Monday to Friday)
Email: advice@rethink.org
Website: http://www.rethink.org/about-us/our-mental-health-advice

SHOUT
Text: 85258
Website: https://www.giveusashout.org/

Childline
Telephone: 0800 1111
Website: https://www.childline.org.uk

Kooth
Website: https://www.kooth.com/

Calm
Telephone: 0800 58 58 58
Website: https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/

CAMHS Crisis Hotline Dorset
0800 652 0190 (24 hours)

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