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Support for Schools & Education Staff

The youth team provide a range of mental health services across West London schools and colleges. We are passionate about raising awareness of mental health issues and challenging stigma. All of our services provide information, tools and techniques to promote a young person’s mental health and wellbeing. 

We are pioneering within the youth mental health field and our services promote a whole school approach to wellbeing in education. We survey the whole school, including pupils, teachers and parents. Then we assess which interventions would best suit the school’s needs. These might include workshops, advice and training.

Whether you’re a young person, a teacher or a commissioner, get in contact with us to find out what our youth team can offer you. Email: [email protected] Telephone: 020 7471 0592

Mental Health Support Teams for Schools

Our Mental Health Support Teams work across 56 schools, both primary and secondary, throughout West London, delivering evidence-based interventions to support young people with mild to moderate mental health issues.

We offer:

  • Individual face to face work: effective brief, low-intensity interventions for young people in secondary schools (and for the parents of primary school children) who are experiencing anxiety, low mood, friendship or behavioural difficulties.
  • Group work: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based sessions to support the development of communication and conflict resolution skills for young people who are at risk of depression. Emotional regulation groups for children.
  • Next step: This service is not available in all schools. To find out more contact the Designated Mental Health Link (DMHL) in your child’s school or email [email protected]

Learn Well Workshops

Our interactive psycho-educational programmes for students aged 10 and 18 (Years 6 to 13) improve young people’s psychological wellbeing by building resilience, challenging stigma, promoting positive wellbeing strategies and raising awareness of support options.

Topics:

  • Mental health awareness and challenging stigma
  • 5 ways to wellbeing
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Building resilience
  • Digital wellbeing
  • Managing stress and academic pressure
  • Managing difficult emotions
  • Mindfulness
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Relationships
  • Food and mood
  • Transitions (to secondary school/college/university/work); and knowing where and how to access further support.

Format: We can deliver workshops individually or as part of a full programme, during PSHE lessons, student events, drop down days, assemblies and teacher training events. 

Who is it for? 10 to 18 year olds, or up to 25 year olds for people with special educational needs and learning disabilities, who are at schools, colleges and youth organisations in Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea.

Next step: To find out more email [email protected] 

Wellbeing Advice Service

The wellbeing advice service provides practical one-to-one wellbeing support to sixth form students. This is an early intervention service that has been specially designed to support young people through periods of transition and change into adulthood and further education and employment. The service is designed to increase student’s resilience as well as their confidence in accessing available support services. By promoting positive practice around mental health and equipping young people with coping strategies, the wellbeing advice service aims to support students to better manage their own wellbeing.

Format: One to one support via face to face, email and telephone; Student events and workshops; and Peer support groups.

Who is it for?: 13 to 25 year olds who are at schools, colleges and youth organisations in Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Hounslow and Ealing.

Next step: To find out more email [email protected] 

Training

We provide consultation and mental health training to professionals working with young people across West London. We have a variety of training packages available, to suit the needs of your staff.

Training Topics:

  • Trauma and Bereavement Training (1 day): Provides participants the tools to support young people affected by trauma.
  • Mental Health First Aid Youth Certification (2 days): Provides participants with an in-depth understanding of young people’s mental health and the things that affect their wellbeing.
  • Managing Mental Health in the Workplace (4 hours): Equips staff and managers (with or without line-management experience) with the knowledge and confidence to effectively manage the wellbeing of themselves and/or their staff.
  • Mental Health Awareness: Child, Adolescent and Families Training (1 day)
    Focuses on mental health in relation to childhood development and attachment theory.
  • Youth Mental Health Awareness: This training can be tailored to your needs but would typically cover: best practice and models of support; spotting signs and symptoms; signposting and further support for young people; having difficult conversations; emerging issues that affect young people and self-care.
  • Consultancy services: ‘A Whole School Approach to Mental Health’ and embedding mental health and wellbeing into your school community.

Who is it for?

  • Educational professionals
  • Youth voluntary sector professionals
  • Health professionals
  • Local Authority staff

Next step: To find out more email [email protected] 

Telephone Drop-in Service for Staff Wellbeing

We provide school staff with a confidential space to discuss any concerns they have about their own emotional wellbeing.

Next step: This service is not available in all schools. Please contact your Designated Mental Health Link (DMHL) to find out further information about support in your school. 

MHEW Policy Development and Consultations

Making sure that children and adults are protected by policies, values, and attitudes (including behaviour, bullying, safeguarding and additional needs) and feel safe in the school environment and in the wider community.

Next step: This service is not available in all schools. Please contact your Designated Mental Health Link (DMHL) to find out further information about support in your school. 

Whole School Wellbeing Surveys and Improvement Planning

Measuring the impact of what you do to promote and support the mental health of the school community and identifying emerging mental health needs.

Next step: This service is not available in all schools. Please contact your Designated Mental Health Link (DMHL) to find out further information about support in your school. 

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