Good mental health and resilience

Mental Health Information & Support Directory

The school has two teachers trained as mental health first aiders.  They are Mrs May and Dr Pullar.

The student good mental health ambassadors are young people, who have been trained to help , support and build students resilience, so that they stay healthy.

All of these people can advise you about things that concern your child, family members or friends.

Crisis and emergencies

NHS – Emergency Call: 999 24/7,  professional health advice call 111.

Police – Emergency Call: 999 24/7, non-emergencies call 101.

Samaritans – Call: 116 123 – a confidential emotional support service available 24 hours a day.

Childline – Call: 0800 1111 – a counselling service for parents, children & young people.

General Mental Health Support

Kooth – an online counselling service for young people. No referral needed. https://www.kooth.com

Young MInds – the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Advice for young people and parents/carers. http://www.youngminds.org.uk

STEM4 – aims to improve teenage mental health by stemming commonly occurring mental health issues at an early stage.  www.stem4.org.uk

Mind – national mental health charity which offers a range of materials on all aspects of mental health. It also lists details of local Mind Associations (one of which is on the Leighton Buzzard Road in Hemel Hempstead) www.mind.org.uk or call: 0300 123 3393

Rethink Mental Illness – national mental health membership charity working to help everyone affected by severe mental illness to recover a better quality of life. It aims to make a practical & positive difference by providing hope & empowerment through effective services, information & support.  www.rethink.org or call 0300 5000927

MindEd – a free educational resource on children & young people’s mental health for all adults. MindEd for Families has online advice and and information from trusted sources and will help you to understand early issues and best support your child.  https://www.minded.org.uk

Elefriends – a supportive online community where you can be yourself. A safe place to listen, share & be heard.  www.elefriends.org.uk

Hub of Hope – the UK’s biggest mental health database aims to bring together all of the mental health support available in the UK in one place.  www.hubofhope.co.uk

General Apps (Apps should not be used instead of professional support, but as an addition.)

Dragon in the Attic (for children aged 8-12) – an app developed to teach younger children how to make healthy choices for their mind & body. A game where children are given a pet dragon to look after to build confidence & educate them about issues such as mental health & bullying. https://dragonapp.me/play

For Me – all of the Childline services available as an app.  https://www.childline.otg.uk/toolbox/for-me/

Headspace – an app which teaches mindfulness meditation principles to improve wellbeing.  www.headspace.com

Moodpanda – app-based platform allowing people to track their moods.  www.moodpanda.com

SuperBetter – evidence-based app that has been created to help young people build resilience to become stronger, happier and healthier.  https://www.superbetter.com/

StressHeads – an app approved by the NHS Choices website to help 16-25 year olds identify and cope with stress. It includes games to help distract young people from immediate stress and monitor their causes.  https://www.themix.org.uk/apps-and-tools/stressheads

Anxiety & Depression Organisations

Students against Depression – offers information & resources validated by health professionals alongside tips & advice from students who have experienced it themselves.  www.studentsagainstdepression.org

Anxiety UK – helps all those suffering with anxiety disorders. Self-help leaflets and contact lists as well as groups, counselling & email support. Section on young people and anxiety.  www.anxietyuk.org.uk

No Panic – a registered charity which helps people who suffer from panic attacks, phobias, OCD and other related anxiety disorders.  www.nopanic.org.uk

OCD-UK – Information & support for OCDs in children & young people. Useful guides including teens’, children’s & parents’ guides.  www.ocduk.org

Apps: Anxiety & Depression (Apps should not be used instead of professional support, but as an addition.)

Mindshift – designed to help teens & young people cope with anxiety by teaching them how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking & identify active steps to help take charge of anxiety.  https://www.anxietybc.com/resources/mindshift-app

MoodKit – approved by NHS Choices, this app uses CBT principles to help people with depression & anxiety manage & track their moods. It has a ‘thought checker’ to identify negative thoughts & and ‘activities’ tool to suggest wellbeing activities.  http://www.moodtools.org/

SAM – self-help app for anxiety which includes a personal toolbox, negative thought buster, colouring exercise and information. It won Best Anxiety App 2016 in the Healthline awards.  http://sam-app.org.uk/

Stop Panic and Anxiety Self-Help – an app for people experiencing panic attacks. It can provide immediate audio assistance during a panic attack & help prevent them occurring. It may not be suitable for all forms of anxiety.  https://www.excelatlife.com/apps.htm#panicapp

Youper (for Social Anxiety) – helps those suffering from social anxiety to gain confidence in situations, using the principles of CBT, ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) & MBSR (Mindfulness-based Stress Therapy). It aims to help people understand their anxiety, control it & then challenge it using real-life guided practice exercises.  http://www.youper.co/start-now

Suicidal Crisis/Thoughts Support

The OLLIE Foundation – a Hertfordshire-based charity aiming to increase the awareness of suicide & help prevent young people from feeling this is the only option left for them.  www.theolliefoundation.org

Stamp Out Suicide – points of contact for those feeling suicidal, bereaved by suicide or concerned about suicide. Promoting awareness & prevention.www.stampoutsuicide.org.uk

CALM (Campaign Against Men Living Miserably) – a charity helping to prevent male suicide in the UK. They provide a helpline, webchat service & advice if you are worried about someone.  www.thecalmzone.net

Cruse – Bereavement Care – offers support, advice & information to children, young people & adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people through face-to face talk, telephone, email and website support.  www.cruse.org.uk

PAPYRUS (Parents Association for the Prevention of Young Suicide) – advice & information for parents, carers, teachers, professionals & friends of young people at risk of suicide.  www.papyrus-uk.org

Apps related to Suicide (Apps should not be used instead of professional support, but as an addition.)

Stay Alive – offers help & support to people with suicidal thoughts & those concerned about someone else. Key features include: Quick access to UK national crisis support helplines, a mini-safety plan, a LifeBox to which the user can upload photos from their phones to remind them of their reasons to stay alive, strategies for staying safe, tips on how to help a person thinking of suicide & suicide bereavement resources.  https://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/stay_alive_suicide_prevention_mobile_phone_application.html

Child Bereavement UK – developed by Child Bereavement UK and a group of young people who have experienced bereavement. It helps young people who have experienced loss to feel less alone & provide information on where they can get more support.  https://childbereavementuk.org/our-app/

Psychosis Organisations

Rethink Mental Illness – a national mental health membership charity working to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life. It aims to make a practical & positive difference by providing hope & empowerment through effective services, information & support.  www.rethink.org

Sane / Saneline – a national out-of-hours helpline which provides support & information to anyone coping with mental illness. It has a helpline which offers support to callers. The website offers extensive literature on subjects including schizophrenia, depression & therapies.  www.sane.org.uk  or call 0300 3047000

bipolarUK – a user-led charity working to enable people affected by bipolar disorder to take control of their lives. The organisation provides support for people with bipolar disorder, their families & carers.  www.bipolaruk.org

Apps: Psychosis (Apps should not be used instead of professional support, but as an addition.)

EMoods Bipolar Mood Tracker – an app to help users track their moods, medication, sleep & other common symptoms related to bipolar disorder.  http://emoodtracker.com/

Self Harm Support

selfharmuk – supports young people impacted by self-harm, providing a safe space to talk, ask questions and be honest about what’s going on in their life. Part of Youthscape.  www.selfharmuk.co.uk

Lifesigns – charity aiming to guide people who hurt themselves towards new ways of coping when they’re ready for the journey. Helpful resources & strategies to minimise harm.  www.lifesigns.org.uk

Harmless – provides a range of services about self-harm including support, information, training & consultancy to people who self-harm, their families, friends and professionals.  www.harmless.org.uk

National Self-Harm Network – monitored forums supporting individuals who self-harm to reduce emotional distress and improve the quality of their life.  www.nshn.co.uk

Self Injury Support – for girls & young women up to 24 years in the UK affected by self-harm.  www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk

Alumnia –  An online course by selfharm.co.uk for young people aged 14-18 helps them to find other ways of dealing with the ups & downs of life.  http://alumnia.selfharm.co.uk/

Apps: Self-Harm (Apps should not be used instead of professional support, but as an addition.)

Calm Harm – based around the principles of dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT). It aims to help young people resist the urge to self-harm by using four task categories which reflect the reasons why many people choose to self-harm: distract, comfort, express or release.  http://www.stem4.org.uk/calmharm/

Self-Heal – uses DBT principles to help users resist the urge to self-harm. Also uses an image library for distraction & to promote recovery.  http://www.self-healapp.co.uk/Home/

Eating Disorder Organisations

Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC) – provides personal advice & support to anyone affected by anorexia, bulimia, binge eating & all kinds of eating distress. They support sufferers & their family & friends towards full recovery.  www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk

Boy Anorexia – information about anorexia in boys in association with the book ‘Boys Get Anorexia Too’ by Jennifer Langley.  www.boyanorexia.com

Student Minds – information about a project aiming to improve support available to students & young people with eating disorders by setting up a network of student run self-help groups. The website contains information about existing self-help groups & how to get involved.  www.studentminds.org.uk

b-eat (beating eating disorders) – provides information on all aspects of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorders & other related eating disorders.  www.b-eat.co.uk or call 0808 801 0711

Apps: Eating Disorders (Apps should not be used instead of professional support, but as an addition.)

Recovery Record Eating Disorder Management App – includes: meal logging, meal planning, coping skills, rewards for recovery wins. It is social & secure, can be used in conjunction with treatment teams & has good reviews.  https://www.recoveryrecord.com/

Rise Up Recovery Warriors – eating disorder recovery tools including meal logging, behaviour tracking, emotions & thought tracking. Also has information & activities around body image, mindfulness & relationships. Can be used in conjunction with treatment teams.  https://www.recoverywarriors.com/app/