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Mental Health & Wellbeing

At Copthall we understand that we ALL have Mental Health. Like our physical health, it is important that we take the time to 'check-in' with our emotional health to see how we are doing. Like everything in life, it is about striking a balance. Sometimes we need to spend more time bettering our sleeping hygiene or focusing on our eating habits, maybe we are studying too much and not giving enough time to relax or do calming activities. At Copthall, there are many trusted adults that students can talk to about their mental health and wellbeing for advice. But also, as parents, we need to ensure that our mental health and wellbeing is positive too as we can't pour from an empty cup! 

At Copthall we have PHSE classes and a Physical Education curriculum that gives focus on wellbeing issues, tailored for the different year groups. We have assemblies and form-times with talks about specific topics for example, how to cope with stress. In addition to this, we have extra-curriculum activities, trips and visits and overall it is reflected in the ethos of the school as one of our core values at Copthall is 'support and safety'. Staff also have many training sessions on emerging mental health issues in the school and how to respond to them. We are always learning. 

A positive mindset will help us to engage in learning better which is why it is vital to dedicate time to our mental health and wellbeing. Students who are happier will learn better and achieve more. 

This aim of this page is to give guidance and quality information for both parents and students to gain support and advice on how to best support yourself or your child's own mental health and wellbeing. Please see some useful links and videos and if you have any concerns about your child, please get in touch. 

Amy Hill,
School Counsellor

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Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?

Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors 

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre


Young Minds

Young Minds is an excellent charity that offers many services including free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice to any young person or adult worried about their mental health or wellbeing of a young person. 

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-survival-guide/

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-helpline/

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/  

Talk to Frank

Talk to Frank has advice and information for parents and carers about drugs and provides access to live chat, email and telephone support as well as leaflets, FAQs and signposting to other useful links. 

https://www.talktofrank.com/get-help/worried-about-a-child

NHS Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing 

The NHS suggests five steps to mental wellbeing. This link will explain the five steps to improving both young people and adult's mental wellbeing. Here you will also find many other links to suggestions of how you can help raise your self-esteem or mindfulness activities. 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/ 

Royal Society of Psychiatrists

This section covers many areas of mental health for young people, parents and carers, about young people's mental health. It is written by psychiatrists and young people working together. The information is evidence-based, accessible and up to date and will help to make informed decisions about your health. 

https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mental-health/parents-and-young-people

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

This link will give you a list of many different self-care activities for both parents and carers and young people. The Anna Freud centre is a world leading mental health charity for children and families. On the website itself you will find many links for parents, carers and young people for advice on mental health and wellbeing. 'On my mind' is a page for information for young people co-created by young people to helped make informed decisions about mental health and wellbeing too. 

https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/?sort=az 

Daily Online Mindfulness Sessions for Families

Free for parents at home with children. Drop-in sessions to nourish, support and connect us with each other. The sessions are daily at eleven o'clock for twenty minutes plus some evenings.  

https://mindfulnessinschools.org/misp-sit-together/

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