Mental Health & Well-being

On this page we will add links to sources of information and advice relevant to student mental health and well-being, plus useful resources for parents.

Just Talk

Just Talk is a Hertfordshire scheme encouraging our young people to show strength through talking about their mental health. In 2020 we have taken part in their #JustTalk week campaign, looking at how to cope during challenging times and how to reach out for support if we need it. Their website contains information for young people and their parents and carers. More information at https://www.justtalkherts.org/just-talk-herts.aspx

Healthy Young Minds

Hertfordshire Mind Network (HMN) have launched a new early intervention and prevention helpline for children and young people aged 10-17 in Herts. The helpline will provide a safe, non-judgemental space to talk to a Young People Advisor or Mentor who will provide emotional support, advice and information, signposting and discuss coping strategies. For opening hours and more information please visit the website https://www.hertsmindnetwork.org/young-peoples-helpline

Charity After School Sports Club (online)

A new online After School Sport Club launched earlier in November, to help fill the void of school and community sport in children’s lives created by the latest lockdown. Created by the Youth Sport Trust, children are able to tune in from home and enjoy being led through a range of fun, exciting and challenging activities which will help young people stay fit and healthy while also supporting their broader personal development. The club runs at 5pm every day until Friday 18th December.

Sessions will be broadcast live for children and young people through the Youth Sport Trust’s YouTube channel and access is free. For more information, please visit www.youthsporttrust.org/AfterSchoolSportClub

New resources from the British Red Cross to tackle loneliness

The coronavirus crisis has left many of us experiencing increased feelings of loneliness and isolation. Anyone can feel lonely, but the British Red Cross’s research with the Co-op shows that loneliness can badly affect young people. They have created some brand-new resources as part of the programme, designed to help develop understanding of loneliness and build confidence, coping skills and connections. The resources can be accessed on their website here: https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-help/get-help-with-loneliness/tackling-loneliness-in-young-people?dm_i=6O59,471G,1ESICZ,HG4J,1##

HCC and the NHS have produced a document, Information for Children and Young People about mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus October 2020, which contains useful links to sources of support.

COVID-19: Looking after your mental health – for young people and their parents and carers includes information for young people on how to keep up to date with what’s going on without feeling overwhelmed, and staying mentally and physically healthy

Self-harm in young people includes information for parents and carers on supporting children who may be at risk of self-harming, including how to approach discussing self-harm and when to seek medical help: Self-harm in young people

Coronavirus mental health and wellbeing resources

Healthy Hub North Herts Wellbeing Support

This website provides some useful links to charities and helplines that may be useful to students  struggling with their mental health, and also has a wellbeing digital passport that students can complete to let others know how they are feeling and how people can help.

ParentInfo have published a useful article signposting a number of online sources of mental health support for children – more information here. They also have an article on how to safely celebrate special occasions during lockdown here.

Bereavement charity Stand-by-Me offers information, advice and support to help children, young people and their families living in North Hertfordshire & Stevenage understand and manage their grief.

Website: http://www.stand-by-me.org.uk/