Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing
According to the World Health Organisation: Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
At Long Lawford, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and student body. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable students. In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health. In an average classroom, three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health policies and procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for students affected both directly, and indirectly by mental ill health.
All these websites have helpful resources for children's mental health. Please remember that you can always contact the school if you need support.
Headspace - a meditation app to support mindfulness
Action for Happiness - ideas of positive mental health activities for every day of the year
Go Noodle - fun dances and gentle exercise to support positive wellbeing
Mind Moose - fun activities for parents and schools for supporting positive wellbeing in schools.
Mindfulness - ideas to support positive mental health through the use of today's technology (supported by great videos, apps and links for parents to use with their child).
Young Minds - advice and mental health support for children and young people
NSPCC - 0808 800 5000
Childline - 0800 1111
Kooth.com - supporting positive mental health in children and young people
During these unprecedented times we understand there is extra pressure on families. If you are struggling and need some support here are some useful numbers and websites:
Rugby Children's Centre: The centre provides a variety of support for parents and carers. They are open and will see parents and carers via appointment only.
The Job Centre in Rugby is doing all that they can to support people finding work in these unprecedented times. To find out what they could do for you, click here.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) provides help if you’re worried about the safety of a child. They also provide information for parents and carers supporting children who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence. Call 0808 800 5000.Their helpline is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
For emotional support, you can contact the Samaritans which are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 08457 90 90 90
For housing advice, call Shelter’s helpline on 0808 800 4444. It’s open 8am-8pm on weekdays and 8am-5pm on weekends, 365 days a year
The National Domestic Helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 0808 2000 247
Relate - free online live chat to support through a live chat counsellor:
Monday - 9am - 5pm, 7pm - 9pm
Tuesday - 9am - 5pm, 7pm - 9pm
Wednesday - 9am - 4pm, 7pm - 9pm
Thursday - 9am - 4pm, 7pm - 9pm
Friday - 9am - 3pm only
Saturday - CLOSED
Sunday - 7pm - 9pm only
StepChange provide free, independent debt counselling as well as debt management plans – call 0800 138 111.
SANEline provide emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness. Call 0845 767 8000.
Togetherall - Warwickshire support service for mental health improvements - "Get support, take control, feel better".
Rugby Food bank: www.rugby.foodbank.org.uk
Rugby Citizens Advice have a drop in service at Long Lawford Children and Family Centre Fridays 1pm-2pm starting Friday 4th January, they can provide advice on Welfare Benefits, Debt matters, Disability issues, Housing, Consumer issues, Relationship and family matters, you can also contact them on 01788 566238 Monday. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-2pm.
National CAB Advice line: 0300 330 1163, 9am - 4pm Monday – Friday.
Family Intervention Counselling Service https://www.interventionservice.co.uk/
- Every Mind Matters – www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters provides free advice for wellbeing and mental health strategies
- Improving Mental Wellbeing - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/
Mental Health Foundation
Mental Health Matters - To contact the MHM Coventry Safe Haven call: 07921 876 065 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Calls and emails are monitored between 6pm-11pm, or call 0800 616171
Warwickshire Safe Haven - To contact the Warwickshire Safe Haven @ Leamington Spa call: 07483 991763 or email us at: email@example.com Calls and emails are monitored between 6pm-11pm.
To contact the Warwickshire Safe Haven @ Nuneaton call: 07887 627524 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Calls and emails are monitored between 6pm-11pm
IAPT - self-referral for swift access to mental health support via NHS.
gov.uk – Coronavirus support