At Friesland School, we are all committed to promoting and supporting positive mental health and well- being for all of our students, through high quality pastoral care.
This is delivered through a comprehensive PSHE programme and we are passionate about providing all of our students with the knowledge and understanding they need to develop and sustain positive mental health.
However, we do understand that there may be times when life events or difficulties can affect a young person, and they may need extra support to overcome challenges.
If you have concerns regarding your child’s mental well- being, please talk to us initially. There are also a number of organisation and websites that may be able to provide you and your child with specialist help and support.
www.kooth.com This is a free counselling service which is accessible to young people aged 11-25 living within Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. This can be accessed via any device as it is an online service and, as it has similarities to online chat, many young people have found this a good way to gain professional support from trained counsellors.
www.youngminds.org.uk A website offering help and guidance to young people with a variety of mental health concerns. There is also a helpline for parents to call if you are worried or need help/advice – 0808 8025544
www.stem4.org.uk Stem4 is a teenage mental health charity aimed at improving teenage mental health by addressing commonly occurring mental health issues at an early stage.
If you find working from a mobile phone helpful, you can also download an app that provides tasks that help support your child to resist or manage the urge to self-harm, or cope with eating disorders or anxiety. You can add your own tasks too and it’s completely private and password protected.
www.hubofhope.co.uk This website provides a database of support that enables you to search for nearby services, including a ‘talk now’ feature.
www.papyrus.org.uk The national charity for prevention of young suicide. They run HOPELineUK which is a National Confidential Helpline. Phone: 0800 068 41 41 / Text: 0778 620 9697
www.stonewall.org.uk Acceptance without exception. Support on all issues relating to LGBTQ
www.switchboard.lgbt Switchboard is an LGBT+ helpline – a place for calm words when you need them most. They’re here to help you with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off limits and conversations are 100% confidential. Call 0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm daily)
www.fflag.org.uk supports friends and family members of LGBT people
www.cruse.org.uk and www.hopeagain.org.uk 0808 808 1677, Cruse offers bereavement support and Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.
www.firststepsed.co.uk First Steps is an award-winning quality assured eating disorder charity working across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire providing care and support for adults, children and young people.