A message from your Safeguarding Team, School Counsellors and Thrive Practitioners
Here at Torquay Academy we have a wide range of provisions to supports student’s mental health which are accessible to everybody.
Thrive is a recognised organisation that has been developed from the latest research in Neuroscience to support young people in the role of creativity and play in developing emotional resilience.
These are a single session, face to face, therapeutically informed provision. They have a Youth Work approach and could be a combination of Wellbeing Conversations/single session counselling/mentoring support. Wellbeing sessions do not replace counselling but will enable the counsellor to spend time with the young person to consider their needs/goals/wants before supporting the young person to access a longer-term service if required.
Students can be referred for a wellbeing session through their Pastoral Lead.
Following a wellbeing session, ongoing counselling sessions are available for students. Counselling provides a safe and confidential setting for students to explore any issues they may be experiencing.
Frequently raised issues are relationships, stress, anxiety, bereavement, school related issues, self-harm, family problems, drug/alcohol related issues and eating disorders but students can discuss any issue that is causing them worry or concern.
The Counselling service works within the BACP Ethical Framework of Good Practice. Any safeguarding concerns will be referred to our Designated Safeguarding Lead.
As always, if you feel that you’d like support with this for yourself and your child, please contact our team on the email below.
We also recommend following the link below to the NSPCC website who have lots of great advice on how your children may feel at this time and how you can best support them and yourself with the anxieties and fears that COVID has brought to our daily lives.
Supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19
Supporting parents and carer’s video – the Anna Freud Centre
This video provides guidance to parents and carers about how they can support themselves and their children during any disruption caused by the coronavirus.
Self-care strategies – the Anna Freud Centre
A selection of self-care strategies that have been developed by young people to help manage their own wellbeing. During a time when access to regular appointments may be disrupted or anxiety might be heightened, it might be helpful to try one or some of these strategies.
Helpful information to answer children questions about coronavirus – Place2Be https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
Talking to your child about the coronavirus – YoungMinds https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
Coronavirus and your wellbeing – Mind https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#collapse842d2
Worries about the world – Childline advice page
This page includes information on what concerns a child might currently have, for example about the coronavirus, and some things to try to address these worries. https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/#coronavirus
Mood journal – Childine
Children can sign up to Childline’s “locker” and track their daily mood in the mood journal. This might be a helpful way for children to balance their mood during a period of uncertainty. https://www.childline.org.uk/login/?returnPath=%2flocker%2f#journal
Calm zone – Childine
A toolbox of activities such as breathing exercises, coping videos, yoga videos and games that can help children feel calm in a period of disruption. https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/
Understanding anxiety illustration – Priory Group https://www.priorygroup.com/media/594863/understanding-childhood-anxiety-v1.jpg
Coronavirus comic strip – NPR
A comic strip to help children understand what the coronavirus is and respond to some common questions and worries they may have. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus?t=1584358951699&t=1584454700885&t=1584976069329
Tips for if you’re worried about the coronavirus – Newsround video https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51887051
How to cope when you can’t go to school because of the coronavirus – Newsround video https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51656718
A short book (PDF) that has been used successfully in school to support and reassure children and young people, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation.
Torbay council advice and resources for schools:
How to have difficult conversations with children- advice from the NSPCC Caspar update:
Helpful Apps recommended by the NHS
A free app designed by young people and Washington Mind to improve mental health. It helps the young person to manage mental wellness by finding reasons to feel better, it contains resources to support mental wellbeing and what to do in a crisis.
It can be downloaded on the Apple Store
Or on Google play
The Think Ninja app has been updated in response to the COVID 19 crisis. It helps bring self-knowledge and skills to young people (10-18 years old) who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress during the crisis. It addresses fears relating to the virus, problems caused by isolation, worries about personal health, as well as many other coping techniques. Think ninja used to only be available as part of a school programme or from the NHS, but is now freely available.
It can be downloaded from the App Store here:
Or from Google Play here;
A free app that helps young people or adults deal with sadness and depression. It contains information about what depression is, tests, guided meditations, soothing sounds and links to TED talks as well as a list of activities.
It can be downloaded on the Apple Store:
Or Google Play
YoungMinds – text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.
If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors
Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
Mental Health Matters - The Moorings @ Devon
Are you feeling distressed, frightened, overwhelmed, or that things are too much for you? Don;t know where to turn to get metal health support? Are your usual sources of support closed for the night?
The Moorings @ Devon offers out-of-hours mental health support to anyone aged 16+ in the Devon area, from three locations in Barnstaple, Exeter, and Torquay.
Address: Croft Hall Medical Practice, 19 Croft Rd, Torquay TQ2 5UA
Open 6pm-midnight every day (including weekends and bank holidays).
Call The Mooring on
07483 991 848
SHOUT – text ‘Shout’ to 85258 for 24/7 crisis text support
Childline – under 19s can call 0800 1111 for free, confidential support
https://www.educationhelpuk.com/ to access an online children’s safety magazine click on the shop section of the website and zoom into the magazine to view the pages free of charge. This includes online crazes to be aware of, depression and how to seek help and eating disorders plus many more.
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3485840721455756&id=240699029303291 a useful facebook page to support with mental health
https://www.facebook.com/RE4orm/ for support with meals and food parcels in torbay