Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice

School Ethos

Digitech Studio School has long held a strong belief in supporting/advocating Mental Health. This has led to us receiving and maintaining our South Gloucestershire Mental Wellbeing Award status.

Mental Health plays a key narrative in our school ethos and is something we are constantly seeking to improve upon. For example, our recent introduction of a peer mentoring programme where students receive training to offer emotional support to their peers and become Mental Health advocates for the school.

Support within in Digitech.

If your child needs support with their mental health, please encourage them to reach out. All staff are able and willing to talk/listen to students.

In particular we recommend:

  • Speaking to their tutor.
  • Speaking to a member of the Hub Team.
  • Putting their name in the letterbox outside the safeguarding office.
  • Emailing the DSL.

Anxiety

Anxiety UK: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Eating problems

Online support: Beat – the eating disorders charity: www.b-eat.co.uk/about-eating-disorders

Eating Difficulties in Younger Children and when to worry: www.inourhands.com/eatingdifficulties-in-younger-children

Anorexia & Bulimia Care (ABC) https://www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk/

ABC offers personal, ongoing, emotional support and practical guidance for recovery for people struggling with Anorexia Nervose, Bulimia Nervosa and binge eating, in addition to related self-harm.

Depression

Depression Alliance: www.depressionalliance.org/information/what-depression

Obsessions and compulsions

OCD UK: www.ocduk.org/ocd

Self-Injury

SelfHarm.co.uk: www.selfharm.co.uk

National Self-Harm Network: www.nshn.co.uk

TESS is a text and email support service that is run by Self Injury Support, which offers help to girls and young women up to 24 in the UK who are affected by self-harm. https://bristolmind.org.uk/mental-health-resources/tess-text-and-email-support-service/

Suicidal feelings

Prevention of young suicide UK – PAPYRUS: www.papyrus-uk.org

On the edge: Young person Line spotlight report on suicide:

www.nspcc.org.uk/preventingabuse/research-and-resources/on-the-edge-youngchildline-spotlight/

AnnaFreud National Centre for Children and Families

Local services

Kooth is a free online service offering emotional and mental health support for children and young people, aged 11-25. Users can have a drop-in chat with a counsellor, therapist or book a one-to-one session. They have a monitored online forum and users can also record a journal.

https://www.kooth.com/

Off The Record

Off the Record provides free and confidential mental health support, information and workshops for young people aged 11-25 in Bristol.

https://www.otrbristol.org.uk/

Local GP

Please visit your GP and express/seek support from them around any mental health concerns you may have.

National Support / services

Bullying UK

Provides advice on all aspects of bullying. www.bullying.co.uk

Happy Maps

Help for parents/carers on children’s mental health, from preschool to young adult. They have pooled some of the best resources and advice in one place. There are some useful videos and information on the different areas of mental health and wellbeing for parents and carers.

https://www.happymaps.co.uk/

Mood Gym

Information for adolescents with emotional/mental health and relationship difficulties. https://moodgym.com.au/

The Mix

Support and information about how to cope with various issues, whether it’s mental health, money, relationships, finding a job, or drugs.

https://www.themix.org.uk/mental-health

Time To Change

Time to Change is a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health.

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/

Winston’s Wish

A leading childhood bereavement charity offering practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals.

https://www.winstonswish.org/

Young Minds

Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

https://www.youngminds.org.uk/