At St Paul’s C.E School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. The aim of this area of the website is to provide links to good quality information and guidance on mental health and wellbeing. We encourage pupils’ parents and carers with any concerns to get in touch with us.
Useful sources of further support
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service – Barnet (CAMHS)
CAMHS are a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals who work closely with other children’s services to support children and young people.
They provide assessment, treatment and support of the mental health, behavioural and emotional well-being needs of children and young people aged from 0-18 years. The types of problems we help with include:
- Emotional difficulties such as anxiety, depression, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and school refusal.
- Behavioural problems such as aggression, delinquency, unmanageable behaviour and hyperactivity
- Eating and feeding disorders
- Severe psychiatric illness such as psychosis
- Self harm or risk of self harm (please note that all those who have taken overdoses should be taken to the local A& E department)
- Trauma including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma following abuse
- Sleeping, feeding and behavioural difficulties in under 5’s that result in severe disruption of family life and development
Inclusion Barnet is a Peer-Led Deaf and Disabled people’s organisation based in Barnet. Nearly all of our directors and staff have lived experience of disability, a mental health issue or chronic health condition. Everyday, disabled people everywhere overcome barriers to access many things that non-disabled people take for granted. We believe that such experiences give us expertise in understating how society can be made more equal and inclusive.
Telephone: 0203 475 1314
Jami’s main focus is on recovery, and all the services we offer have this end goal. Jami believes that recovery from mental ill health is possible through giving people control over their lives by means of real choice and participation. The organisation aims to give people the resources and support necessary to lead as ‘ordinary’ a life as possible.
Telephone: 0208 458 2223
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being support service providing young people aged 11-25 years within Barnet a free, safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing from a professional team of qualified counsellors.
This service has no referrals or waiting lists. Kooth provides unique out of office hours’ provision and is open 7 days per week, 365 days a year from noon until 10pm weekdays and from 6pm until 10pm on Saturday and Sundays, with reduced cover Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s day and Bank Holidays. Kooth provides added value with moderated, scheduled forums to facilitate peer led support and self-help articles (many written by service users) to provide self-help support.
Rephael House (CAMHS funded service)
Rephael House provides one to one professional therapy for children and young people aged between 4 and 19, on any issue such as bullying, family problems, relationship problems, eating disorders, etc. We also provide play therapy is for children aged between 4 and 12 years. These sessions are held on a Saturday day time with the hope of expansion into a week day service.
Telephone: 0208 440 9144
Rosa Morison Specialist Day Service (Your Choice Barnet)
Rosa Morison is a specialist service for people with Profound and Multiple Disabilities. Our main focus is to offer people a therapeutic programme to maintain people general health and wellbeing. Activities include Hydrotherapy, Mobility Programmes, Speech and Language Therapy input, occupational Therapy input, Music Therapy, Creative Activities, Development of independent Living Skills and Multi Sensory Room.
Youth and Community Service
The Youth and Community Service provides a range of programmes and interventions to improve young peoples’ health and well-being. Targeted Youth Workers enable young people to resolve difficulties and re-engage with education, employment, or training. The Programmes Team delivers positive activities during term-time and holiday periods. These include sports, play, creative arts, Duke of Edinburgh and volunteering opportunities. Programmes are designed to develop social and communication skills, reduce isolation and promote emotional resilience. Creative arts programmes are both targeted and open access. Targeted programmes are specifically for young people with learning and/or physical disability. All other activities are open access. Activities are age limited.
Telephone: 0208 359 5283
Anxiety UK work to relieve and support those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy. They can provide support and help if a person has been diagnosed with, or suspect they may have an anxiety condition and can also help them deal with specific phobias such as fear of spiders, blushing, vomiting, being alone, public speaking, heights – in fact, any fear that stops a person from getting on with their life.
Catholic Mental Health Project
Catholic Mental Health Project supports the Catholic community to further develop spiritual and pastoral care for mental health http://www.catholicmentalhealthproject.org.uk/
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust offers free resources, including guidance and policy templates for use by schools and colleges. http://www.cwmt.org.uk/
Child Bereavement UK
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Every year they train more than 8,000 professionals, helping them to better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.
Childline is a free, private and confidential service for children and young people available online, on the phone, anytime facilitated by trained counsellors. The website is easy to navigate and has many interactive resources, advice and sources of support for children and young people.
Education Support Partnership
Education Support Partnership is the UK’s only charity providing mental health and wellbeing support services to all education staff and organisations. http://www.educationsupportpartnership.org.uk/
Fixers: young people’s stories
Fixers are young people using their past to fix the future. They are motivated by personal experience to make positive change for themselves and those around them. Fixers have different backgrounds, interests and life experiences, and come from every corner of the UK. They are motivated by a desire to act on an issue that is important to them or a strong desire to help other people. They also have a voice that they want to be heard, whether that’s on eating disorders, drugs, offending, cyberbullying or any other issue that is concerning them. Becoming a Fixer allows that to happen. Fixers are heard, understood and respected by others. Fixers choose the issue they want to fix and, using the skills of a team of creative experts, they work out how to make sure their message is heard by the right people, whether that’s through a unique film, a leaflet or poster campaign, a website, an event or workshop. Then they use digital, print and broadcast media to make their voice heard as far and wide as possible.
HeadMeds: about mental health medicines
HeadMeds is a website for young people about mental health medication, launched in March 2014 and is owned and managed by the national charity YoungMinds. http://www.headmeds.org.uk/
MeeTwo is a free App that lets users post anonymously and receive support and advice about their worries from other teens. All posts, which cannot be more than 300 characters, are seen by moderators who are trained and have experience in counselling or psychotherapy, so there is no risk of bullying. MeeTwo experts can also post and direct users to help from other organisations. The founders are in discussion with Childline about ways to refer young people to them. In exceptional cases the moderator would contact the emergency services. http://www.meetwo.co.uk/
Mental Health Access Pack
Mental Health Access Pack is a compact, free resource which aims to: equip you with knowledge and advice, from medical, psychological and theological perspectives; help you support those in your community who are struggling with mental health issues; help you to discuss issues and share ideas surrounding mental health and the church.
Mental Health Matters
Mental Health Matters contains information and resources for parishes, dioceses, chaplaincies and church community groups – and anyone else who’s interested – to help improve our work with people experiencing mental illness. The Church is well placed to make a significant difference in the area of mental health. We can be a force to end stigma, and we can also be a place of inclusion, welcome and ministry. Mental Health Matters is working to make mental wellbeing a priority in our churches today.
Mentally Healthy Schools
Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is to increase staff awareness, knowledge and confidence to help you support your pupils. http://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/
Mind provides trusted advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. http://www.mind.org.uk/
MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults. http://www.minded.org.uk/
NHS Live Well Youth Mental Health
NHS Live Well Youth Mental Health offers resources and signposting for support from external links http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/youth-mental-health/Pages/Youth-mental-health-help.aspx
PAPYRUS is the national charity for the prevention of young suicide. The website draws from the experience of many who have been touched personally by young suicide across the UK and speak on their behalf in PAPYRUS campaigns and in their endeavour to save young lives. PAPYRUS believes that with appropriate support and education, many young suicides can be prevented. They deliver awareness and prevention training, provide confidential support and suicide intervention through the HOPELineUK, campaign and influence national policy, and empower young people to lead suicide prevention activities in their own communities. www.papyrus-uk.org/
Reading Well for young people Reading Well promotes the benefits of reading for health and wellbeing. The programme has two strands: Books on Prescription and Mood-boosting Books.
Rethink: living with mental illness
Rethink: living with mental illness provides expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems. ‘When mental illness first hits you or your family, it can be hard to know who or what to trust.’ They give people clear, relevant information on everything from treatment and care to benefits and employment rights. We were the first mental health charity to gain the Information Standard for our trusted and relevant information.
Samaritans work to ensure that fewer people die by suicide by working to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide feelings and suicidal behaviour. They offer 24 hours a day emotional support for people who are struggling to cope, including those who have had thoughts of suicide, as well as reaching out to high risk groups and communities to reduce the risk of suicide and working in partnership with other organisations, agencies and experts, influencing public policy and raising awareness of the challenges of reducing suicide. http://www.samaritans.org/
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust provides funded training to schools on a variety of topics related to mental health including twilight, half day and full day INSET sessions. http://www.cwmt.org.uk/
The Children’s Society
The Children’s Society is a national charity that works with the country’s most vulnerable children and young people. They work directly with children; develop resources and publications and lobby on behalf of children annually, surveying them as part of their Good Childhood reports. http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/
The Mind and Soul Foundation
The Mind and Soul Foundation aims to educate – sharing the best of Christian theology and scientific advances; equip – helping people meet with God and recover from emotional distress; encourage – engaging with the local church and mental health services. Of more use to staff and parents, they have a good selection of resources and articles, including the mental health access pack which was developed for churches, offering information on common mental health conditions and pastoral tips for working with those with mental health conditions.
Winston’s Wish provides specialist child bereavement support services across the UK, including in-depth therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings.
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people. They offer resources and bespoke training for schools and support for parents and young people. In addition they have a dedicated section on caring for the wellbeing of teachers and school staff. https://youngminds.org.uk/