Over the next few weeks during this time of change, school closure and different routines, some of us may need extra support with our emotional wellbeing.
If you are feeling like this, listed below are organisations and contact information should you need to communicate with someone:
If any student or member of staff would like to speak to one of our school counsellors please contact them on the emails below.
Emma Knight EKnight@gvsc.org.uk
Coronavirus – information for teenagers
Information for parents and carers
Coronavirus – helping your teenager to cope
Top Tips for Positive Mental Wellbeing
- Talk about the way you feel and build healthy relationships with people. If you are having a tricky time, talking about how you feel with someone you trust can often help. Spending time around positive and supportive people, means you are more likely to have a better self-image, be more confident and feel able to face difficult times.
- Sleep well. Poor sleep can impact your mental wellbeing. Negative feelings are likely to be exaggerated and you might find you are more irritable and less confident. Teenagers need more sleep than adults – 9.5 hours a night is ideal!
- Eat well. Eating healthily has a positive impact on your physical and mental health. Eating healthily and regularly as well as drinking plenty of water can help you to feel more healthy and happy.
- Physical activity. Physical activity is good for mental wellbeing, particularly if you exercise outdoors. Being active can help reduce low mood and anxiety and boost your self-confidence. It also releases endorphins – ‘feel-good’ hormones that can help improve your mood.
- Do something you enjoy. Doing something you enjoy can improve your confidence and help you stay well. Make time to do things you like away from technology, whether it’s seeing your friends, drawing, crafting or playing sport.
- Identify mood triggers. Keeping a mood diary for a week can help you work out what affects your mental wellbeing and notice changes in your mood that would be difficult to spot otherwise. For example, you may realise that being on social media for a long period of time or eating certain foods has an effect on your mood.
- Look after yourself during difficult times. Everyone has times when they face challenging situations. If you are experiencing a difficult time, or are unwell, it’s important to look after yourself. Try to get enough sleep and eat regularly. If you are finding it difficult to cope on your own, don’t be afraid to ask someone you trust for help.
- Learn to accept yourself. One of the most important steps in staying mentally healthy is to learn to accept yourself. If you value yourself, you are more likely to have positive relationships with other people and find it easier to cope with difficult times in your life.
- Relax! It’s important to make time to relax, even if you don’t feel under stress. This may mean spending time listening to music or walking the dog. Learning a relaxation technique, such as breathing exercises, yoga or mindfulness, can also help you relax and reduce stress levels.
Local online support and counselling
Kooth is an anonymous, confidential, safe, online wellbeing service offering counselling, information and forums available for young people in Herefordshire.
The service is available every day of the year during the following times:
Between 12 noon to 10pm (Monday to Friday) or
Between 6pm to 12 midnight (Saturday and Sunday)
Young people can log on to kooth.com on their smartphone, laptop or tablet.
Strong Young Minds -01432 269245 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
School Nursing Team:
We are worried about our children and young people currently accessing support and the vulnerable children and young people who may need our support. Anxiety levels are likely to be very high right now. Reassurance can be given that we will still be accessible. From Monday 23rd March 2020 children and young people can text us on
- 07813 451034
- Text service is available for support between 9am and 5pm
- One to one service is still available
- Confidentiality will be maintained under the current safeguarding criteria (unless they are at risk of harm)
- Alternatively they can phone the office 01432 363940 or email email@example.com Again this is manned from 9am till 5pm
Instructions for text contact to the school nursing service:-
- Children and Young people can text 07813 451034 with their school and own name and we will ensure their named school nurse will text them back from their own work number to offer support either by phone or face to face contact if appropriate and safe to do so.
Hereford Foodbank-01432 352674
Darlington EPS Year 11 Coronavirus Support
If you are worried or frightened by your partner or ex-partner, a family member or someone close to you 24hr helpline 0800783159If you are worried or frightened by your partner or ex-partner, a family member or someone close to you, please ring our Helpline for support, advice and information about your options
WMRSASC is a free, confidential and non-judgemental support service for survivors who have experienced any form of sexual attack, whether physical, verbal or emotional.
Addaction Herefordshire offers information, advice and support for people with drug and alcohol issues every weekday, and on alternative Saturdays. There is a young people’s service for those aged 11+. Our recovery-focused service has bases in Hereford as well as outreach via partner organisations. We aim to support people to overcome their issues and develop the skills necessary to go on to live a fulfilling life in recovery. We also support the families of people with substance misuse issues.01432 802 487 https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk
SUPPORT FOR YOUNG CARERS
The BBC estimates that there are about 700,000 young carers in the UK
You’re a young carer if you’re under 18 and help to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem.
If you’re a young carer, you probably look after one of your parents or care for a brother or sister.
You may do extra jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning or helping someone get dressed and move around.
You may also give a lot of physical help to a brother or sister who’s disabled or ill.
Along with doing things to help your brother or sister, you may be giving them and your parents emotional support, too.
It can be hard work being a young carer. Sometimes other children don’t understand your responsibilities and you have less free time than others.
Many young carers cope well with caring, especially if you have support from other family members and it’s important to look after yourself. You have the right to be looked after too and there are lots of places and people you can go to get help.
There is support for you if you think you are a young carer and would like to talk to someone. You can speak to a member of staff at school and they will arrange for Mrs Hart or Mrs Shilcock to talk to you. If you would like to talk to someone about being a young carer at the moment you could email one of your teachers and they will pass it on to Mrs Hart.
In Herefordshire you can also follow the link below to access young carers support workers
You can find information using theses links too
The most important thing is to know that you aren’t alone and that you can talk to someone.
YOUNG MINDS– www.youngminds.org.uk
HEALTH for TEENS www.healthforteens.co.uk
CHILDLINE 0800111 www.childline.org.uk
If you have, any safeguarding concerns about a student or their family please phone:
MULTI AGENCYSAFEGUARDING HUB- 01432 260800 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
POLICE: Non-emergency 101 or if an emergency 999
If staff have a concern about a student please report on MyConcern