Mental Health and Wellbeing
Did you know that Mental Health Day is on Saturday 10 October? In order to acknowledge this fantastic cause, please wear something green and send me photos of you and your family to earn achievement points. Green is the colour of mental health, representing hope, strength, support and encouragement for sufferers, and this is a great way in which we can show our empathy and kindness. In addition, you will shortly be receiving details of how the school is commemorating Mental Health Day with tutor activities next week.
In the meantime, please see the attached poster promoting a fantastic local website called ‘Healthy Young Minds in Herts’ which covers every aspect of mental health. Please also approach your Year Achievement Coordinator or Assistant Year Achievement Coordinator if you require any additional help or information.
At Haileybury Turnford we place significant importance in the provision we have available to support students with maintaining good mental health and wellbeing. We understand it is important to be able to support all students in recognsing that their mental health is a priority and understand how they can receive support and guidance.
We have two trained Mental Health First Aiders; Mrs V Elliott (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) and Mrs J Amatruda (Assistant Year Achievement Coordinator for Year 9,10 and 11) who can offer and provide practical support and advice if a student is suffering from a mental health crisis. We have a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing at Haileybury Turnford. Our aim is to provide a safe, secure and inclusive learning environment by providing social and emotional support and programmes, as well as support for students with additional needs.
Haileybury Turnford supports mental health and wellbeing at a whole school level by having high and achievable behaviour expectations for student learning and behaviour and by placing a strong emphasis on supportive teacher-student relationships and peer-to-peer relationships. Our behaviour policy and curriculum supports positive approaches to managing student behaviour, including a range of strategies to prevent bullying.
Our assemblies and Personal Social Development (PSD) lessons provide opportunities to raise the profile of mental health and raise awareness of how important mental health is. Throughout planned Tutor and PSD sessions, we cover the promotion of good mental health and resilience. The purpose of these sessions is to educate, help and equip students with the tools they need to progress through school and cope with the stresses and strains of school life and beyond.
If you have any concerns about mental health of your child then please contact your child’s Year Achievement Coordinator who will be happy to discuss the different ways in we can support.
Year Achievement Coordinators
Miss H Allingham – Year 7
Miss E Kaposi – Year 8
Ms K Johnson – Year 9
Mr M Barrett – Year 10
Mr E Macaulay – Year 11
Miss A Goody – Year 12
Mr S Lindquist – Year 13
Supporting your Child during Exams
Young Minds have launched advice for parents about supporting their children during the examination season.
- Encourage your child to take revision breaks and find a balance between studying and doing things they find enjoyable and relaxing.
- Make sure your child is eating and drinking at regular intervals.
- Reassure your child – reinforce that you are and will be proud of them no matter what happens.
- Remain positive and hopeful.
- Let your child know their feelings are valid and normal, but also offer support and solutions where possible.
You can find out more here: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-exam-time/
The OLLIE Foundation
The Ollie Foundation is an organisation offering advice and training for suicide prevention. The link below is to their website.
The OLLIE Foundation (One Life Lost is Enough) is a registered charity funding suicide prevention skills training for any individual or community that wants it, especially those interacting with young people, or young people themselves. may be parents, students, school staff, other charity and community groups and many more. The aim of the training is to create ‘suicide safe’ communities where we create an ethos of awareness and prevention structured around alertness, intervention and recovery.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command – Click here
For any emergency when you cannot talk, call 999 then press 55
The 999-emergency service has an additional service called Silent Solutions for times when
you need emergency help, but cannot speak. The service works in the same way as calling
999. When the operator asks which emergency service you require, if you don’t say anything they will ask you to cough or make another noise like a tap on the handset. If it’s too risky to do this (for example, if you are hiding from an attacker), the operator will ask you to dial 55. This will then alert them to the fact that no, you haven’t called 999 accidentally – and yes, you need urgent help. The system tracks your location using GPS and sends help.
FREE confidential support in a crisis 24/7.
Call FREE 116 123. Calls cannot be traced.
24/7 counselling service for children and young people.
T: 0800 1111
Mental Health Support
Herts Mind Network
A charity that creates opportunities for individuals to make choices, find their own solutions
and manage their own wellbeing. T: 020 3727 3600 www.hertsmindnetwork.org
Offers emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems. It
also provides an online support forum. T: 0300 304 7000 www.sane.org.uk
Herts Wellbeing Service
Offers FREE confidential talking therapy and practical support for Hertfordshire residents
experiencing a wide range of mental health problems such as worry, low mood, insomnia
Offers free, safe and anonymous support online for young people. Kooth.com
Offers a confidential helpline and support service for parents and carers worried about
young people up to the age of 25.
T: 0808 802 5544
A project dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self-harm, providing a safe
space to talk and discuss, get advice and help. There is also an online support group.
A national organisation that supports girls and women affected by self-injury or self-harm.
It has a helpline and TESS text service for girls and young women up to 24 years old.
T: 0808 800 8088 TESS Text: 0780 047 2908 www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk
A user-led organisation providing a range of services including support, information, training
and consultancy to people who self-harm, as well as their friends and families.
A user-led small charity creating understanding about self-injury and giving support and
guidance to self-harmers, family and friends. www.lifesigns.org.uk
Cruse Bereavement Care Hertfordshire
Promotes the wellbeing of bereaved people and enables anyone suffering bereavement to
understand their grief and cope with their loss. There is a 24-hour answerphone facility to
leave an out of hours message in confidence.
Adult Helpline: 01707 278389
Young Persons Helpline: 01707 264293
SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement By Suicide)
The only national charity providing dedicated support to adults who have been bereaved by
suicide. The charity is run by 150 volunteers, nearly all have been touched by suicide which
enables them to directly connect with others experiencing bereavement by suicide.
National helpline: 0300 111 5065
Help is at Hand
An NHS resource for those bereaved by suicide, or apparent suicide, which includes a
detailed advice booklet.
Other websites for support
13th July Social Media and Mental Wellbeing letter
2020 Young Peoples Signposting Guide
Herts Constabulary - Stay safe poster
Positive Health and Mental Wellbeing poster