Abbeyfield School Mental Wellbeing
Abbeyfield Mental Wellbeing
If you are worried about your own mental wellbeing or one of your friends, or maybe you are just curious – read the steps below to see how you can access support.
1. I want to find things out to help myself…
Log on to www.onyourmind.org.uk for a range of support, advice, and positive activities. There’s a range of books on offer in the Reading Well section of the Library.Visit the school website for helpful resources under the Wellbeing section. Email Time2Talk@Abbeyfield.wilts.sch.uk to ask for more information & support from the Pastoral Team.
2. I’d like my parents/carers to get involved…
Ask them to check out the school website and look under Wellbeing,this area is updated regularly and has links to other websites and resources.Speak to your Tutor/Pastoral Lead/Raising Standards Leader about courses we run in school, especially to support parents and carers.
3. I’d like to have someone to chat to…
Speak to your Tutor, Pastoral Lead or Raising Standards Leader about accessing support. This could be an informal catch up with a member of staff or accessing a more structured session with a Peer Mentor. Every adult in school is here to help and will be more than happy to talk through any worries you have. We appreciate this isn’t always easy during a busy school day, so why not email Time2Talk to arrange.
4. I’d like some 1 to 1 support…
We have several specifically trained professionals who visit school on a weekly basis to support students with a wide range of needs.Education Mental Health PractitionerWiltshire Mental Health Support TeamRelate CounsellorRISE MentorSchool Nursing TeamIf you would be interested in having 1 to 1 support, please see your Tutor/Pastoral Lead/Raising Standards Leader.
5. I’ve tried the above but would like more support…
We currently have access to a CAMHS Senior Mental Health Practitioner and SPA Clinician link with who we are able to consult and where necessary escalate a referral via school. You or your parent/carer can self-refer to CAMHS via https://secureforms.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/camhs/ CAMHS website provides additional self-help resources for children, young people and their families www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/camhs/self-care/
Wiltshire Mental Health Support Team
Our Mental Health Support Team is part of the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and consists of an Educational Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP), a Senior Mental Health Practitioner & SPA Clinician and a team of Support Workers who are able to offer a wide range of support and intervention.
The team work with children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and provide 1:1 and/or group sessions for the following:
Low mood / mild depression / low self-esteem (intervention with young person)
Generalised anxiety/worry, simple phobias, panic, social anxiety, mild OCD (intervention with young person or parent/carer)
Behaviour that challenges (intervention with parent/carer or school staff)
Lifestyle management, for example: sleep hygiene, managing stress, problem solving
Students are referred to the service via Pastoral Leads with the level of intervention determined by the MHST’s.
For further information please speak to your Pastoral Leader
CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and helps children and young people up to 18 who are finding it hard to cope with everyday life because of difficult feeling, behaviour or relationships.
Most of the time when we are sad, angry, stressed or worried these feelings pass within a few days but if they go on for a while and stop us enjoying and coping with life, then CAMHS can help. Just as we go to the doctors when we are physically ill, sometimes we need extra help with our mental health:
PTSD, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, bipolar disorder, assessment for neurodevelopmental or learning needs
Severe symptoms with significant impact across multiple settings, or multiple co-existing difficulties No motivation to change
Severe, active, high-risk self-harm. Current suicidal plans, or recent suicide attempt
Complex needs, including domestic abuse, significant instability in family, moderate additional learning needs in carer, risky substance use
We currently have access to a CAMHS Senior Mental Health Practitioner and SPA Clinician link who we are able to consult and where necessary escalate a referral via school.
You and/or your parent/carer can also self-refer to CAMHS via https://secureforms.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/camhs/
CAMHS website provides additional self-help resources for children, young people and their families www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/camhs/self-care/