As you are aware, wellbeing and mental health are really important to us at Oasis Academy Ryelands. We have created this page as a result of feedback from our parents to give you an overview of what we do at school to support this. From this page, you will be able to access information including:
- Who to seek support from in our academy.
- Other external support you may wish to use for you or your child.
- Information about key events taking place in school.
- Wellbeing newsletters.
In January, we are going to be introducing our new Pupil Wellbeing Champions, who will be chosen by the change team (staff members from every aspect of school life), our well-being ambassadors (these will be pupils from Years 3- 6), our well-being lead (Miss Johnston) and our mental health first aider (Miss Wallace).
If your child is looking for things to do, or you both need a bit of inspiration, have a look at the action calendar, it is full of fun activities, to support your wellbeing and the wellbeing of others around you.
Childline is the UK's free helpline for children and young people. It provides a confidential telephone counselling service for any child or young person with a problem. It comforts, advises and protects. So, if you are worried about anything, big or small - don't bottle it up. It can really help if you talk to someone. If there is something on your mind, Childline is there for you. You can visit the Childline Explore section for advice and information on a range of topics. Also, you can get support on the online messaging boards.
"Everyone helps each other out and is going through the same things as me - it's a really welcoming place."
Freephone 0800 1111 (24 hours and the call won't show on your phone bill)
Childline’s website has a useful ‘calm down’ zone, with activities which aim to help children feel better when they are feeling anxious, scared or sad. The ideas include breathing exercises, a ‘let it go’ box and creating a ‘sense drawer’. https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/
A Million and Me
As part of BBC Children In Need's national programme around children and young people's mental health, we're developing support for parents and carers of 8 to 13 year olds. Look at this website for more information: https://youngminds.org.uk/youngminds-professionals/our-projects/a-million-and-me/
This website gives tips to parents to help their child with transition to secondary school:
Be Your Best
Supporting the family to eat better and move more. https://www.bybsurrey.org/resources-for-parents/other-health-topics
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
This website provides a range of resources including podcasts and top tips to guide parents in understanding and managing mental health problems
Free online support for young people. Kooth counsellors are online Monday-Friday, 12 noon till 10pm and weekends 6pm till 10pm.
Young Minds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Just as people's bodies can become unwell, people's minds can become unwell too. Mental health problems are more common than you might think - three children in every classroom have a mental health problem. Young Minds offer information to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing. If you need to talk, they can let you know about organisations that listen, plus they offer online support and info.
Free, confidential telephone helpline finding young people the best help whatever the problem. Provides free connections to local or national services, and can text information to callers' mobile phones.
Freephone 0808 808 4994 (7 days a week 1pm-11pm)
Samaritans volunteers listen in confidence to anyone in any type of emotional distress, without judging or telling people what to do.
Call 0116 123 (24 hours, 7 days a week)
Confidential information and advice for anyone concerned about their own or someone else's drug or solvent misuse.
Freephone 0800 77 66 00 (24 hour service, free if calling from a landline and won't show up on the phone bill, provides translation for non-English speakers)
B-EAT Youth Helpline
Online community information, help and support for anyone affected by eating disorders.
Call 0845 634 7650 (Monday to Friday evenings, from 4.30pm to 8.30pm, and Saturdays 1pm-4.30pm)
Kidscape are the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and sexual abuse. The website offers advice and practical skills on how to deal with bullying. Remember, no-one deserves to be bullied. Nearly everyone is bullied at some time in their lives: by brothers and sisters, by neighbours, by adults or other children/young people. If you are being bullied, you may feel scared, vulnerable and quite alone but you owe it to yourself to try and sort out the situation so that the bullying stops.
It Gets Better Project
Project created to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. A place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi or trans can see clips of other people's coming out stories.
Brook Advisory Service
Brook is the UK's leading provider of sexual health services and advice for young people under 25. The charity provides free and confidential sexual health information, contraception, pregnancy testing, advice and counselling, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and outreach and education work.
The death of a parent, brother or sister is one of the most fundamental losses a child will ever face. At Winston's Wish, they believe that bereaved children need support to make sense of death and rebuild their lives. The Winston's Wish Helpline offers support, information and guidance to all those caring for a bereaved child or young person.
Helpline 08452 03 04 05 (Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Wednesday evenings, 7pm to 9.30pm)
Since the start of the Coronavirus crisis, the Anna Freud Centre has been contributing to the support being provided by BBC Bitesize. Their experts have written six articles for parents and carers, which you can read by clicking on the following links - and there's lots more support on offer on the BBC Bitesize website.
'Exams cancelled, no prom: Six ways to help children cope with lockdown loss' by Sheila Redfern
'Five ways to manage your wellbeing as a parent during lockdown’ by Peter Fuggle and Yvonne Millar
‘How to juggle your responsibilities as a parent at home’ by Nicola Labuschagne
‘Six ways to support your children as lockdown eases’ by Cyra Neave
‘What if lockdown has been a relief for my family?’ by Laura Talbot
Do also listen to the podcast, ‘How to tackle lockdown emotions with Dr Sheila Redfern’, which was broadcast as part of the Bitesize Secondary Parents Survival Guide.