Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Goffs Churchgate we take great pride in the provision we have available to support students with maintaining good mental health. We recognise that mental health concerns are on the rise in young people and have responded to this need by investing considerably in our mental health provision.

Two of our staff are fully trained Mental Health First Aiders; as such we can respond effectively to any crisis our students may suffer such as last minute exam nerves. To help our students through the pressure of exams the school also runs very successful Mindfulness sessions. These sessions are designed to help students feel calm and less ‘stressed out’ before their exams. 

To raise the profile of mental health across the school, we run a series of mental health weeks over the course of the year. These are supported by regular assemblies. The aim of these weeks is to remove the stigma which can be associated with experiencing mental health issues and raise awareness of mental health and the help we have available to our students.

Throughout Form Time sessions, we cover the promotion of good mental health and resilience. The purpose of these sessions is to educate, help and equip students with the tools they need to progress through school and cope with the stresses and strains of modern school life and beyond.

In other mental health news, we are very excited to now have a formal partnership with Herts Mind and the Samaritans.  Both organisations are supporting the school to promote and support Mental Health.  Herts Mind joined us in October 2018 to promote Mental Heath Awareness day, and showed students how positive mental health can improve lives, how to ask for help and get the right support.  Students are also reminded about where to get help if they need it, and supporting campaigns in school. 

We are also pleased to have the support of our fully qualified Mental Health First Aiders; Liz Allum and Jim Clune, who can support students access help and support and also support students working with their parents and carers to make sure they get the right support at the right time. 

If you have any concerns about mental health of your child then please contact you child’s Director of Learning who will be happy to discuss the different ways in we can support.

If you have any concerns or would like to talk, please speak to any of the team:

Director of Learning + 

Liz Allum

Directors of Learning:

Sharon Robson Year 7

Julie Gissing Year 8

Jim Clune- Years 9 and 10 

Suzanna Renew Year 11

 

The Ollie Foundation

As part of continued work on Mental Health, we have been made aware of the Ollie Foundation.  This organisation offers advice and training for suicide prevention.  The link below is to their website

In 2016, three parents who had all lost their teenage sons to suicide, vowed to do all they could to prevent other families suffering similar tragedies. And so The OLLIE Foundation was born.

The OLLIE Foundation (One Life Lost is Enough) is a registered charity funding suicide prevention skills training for any individual or community that wants it, especially those interacting with young people, or young people themselves. may be parents, students, school staff, other charity and community groups and many more. The aim of the training is to create 'suicide safe' communities where we create a ethos of awareness and prevention structured around alertness, intervention and recovery.

https://theolliefoundation.org/

 

Useful links

 

https://youngminds.org.uk/

www.themix.org.uk

http://teenmentalhealth.org/

https://www.headstogether.org.uk/

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders/copingafteratraumaticevent.aspx

http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/medical-information-0/procedures-and-treatments/supporting-children-after-frightening-event

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/supporting-children-worried-about-terrorism/

https://www.samaritans.org/education/young-people

https://www.healthyyoungmindsinherts.org.uk/

https://www.healthyyoungmindsinherts.org.uk/publications/2018/may/talking-about-anxiety-tips-parents

https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/media-library/documents/about-the-council/partnerships/five-ways-to-wellbeing-toolkit.pdf

https://www.nhs.uk/Planners/Yourhealth/Documents/Self%20Care%20Toolkit%20Booklet%20-%20Oct%2010%20-%20READ.pdf

Mental Health Information

As you know mental health is discussed all of the time and support for our young people is vital.  Please find below a link from the Anna Freud Charity that can give you some insight into how to support your child with their mental health.

https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/schools-in-mind/talking-mental-health-with-secondary-pupils/talking-mental-health-with-young-people-at-secondary-school-parents-and-carers/

If you have any concerns or wish to discuss mental health issues with the school, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Mental Health Lead for Generations Multi Academy Trust:  Liz Allum

Contact for Goffs School:  Phil Ellard pel@goffs.herts.sch.uk or Sue Pressney spr@goffs.herts.sch.uk

Contact for Goffs-Churchgate: Liz Allum l.allum@goffschurchgate.herts.sch.uk or your son/daughter's Director of Learning.