Where can I get help outside of school if I need help or need to talk to somebody?
There are counsellors at the other end of the phone 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It is free to call and does not show up on your phone bill.
The number is 0800 1111.
Alternatively, if you prefer to ‘talk’ via your key board, there is a 1:1 counsellor online chat. Go to the Childline website and enter the virtual waiting room on the screen where you can chat to a counsellor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is free and confidential.
The Childline website is amazing! It has games, advice and stories. Anybody can go on here and it is free and confidential. It will not show up on your search history either.
MindShift is a free app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it. Lists symptoms of anxiety. Offers strategies to manage worry, panic, conflict, ordinary anxiety, and three specialised categories of anxiety: test anxiety, social anxiety, and perfectionism. Also contains relaxation exercises.
Calm Harm is an APP designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It's private and password protected. This App was designed by the NHS and is free. Calm Harm provides tasks that encourage users to distract themselves from urges to self-harm and help manage their "emotional mind" in a more positive way.
Kooth offers online emotional and mental health support for children and young people.
Emotional Health and Wellbeing Help Documents
Teen Mental Health – A Guide for Parents
This is an informative piece with useful tips and advice for parents to help their teens overcome body image issues, academic anxiety, peer pressure, and cyberbullying, including links to other important teen mental health resources - all of which can be helpful in these uncertain times.
Experimenting with Drugs and Alcohol
Although we don’t often talk about it, experimenting with drugs and alcohol can happen at any time, and sometimes there’s pressure from people around you - even your friends- to try things you might not want to. We’ve teamed up with UK Addiction Treatment Centres (UKAT) – these guys are the experts and they’re here to help; they also attend the school to interact with you and chat with you about everything to do with drugs, alcohol and your overall mental health.
They have a really interesting guide which you can read through at any time you like; you can even share it with your parents and talk to them about what you’ve learned. Check out the UKAT student guide to drugs and alcohol for more information.
It’s important that you know that every single member of the School team want the best for you and for you to succeed. If you need to talk to anyone about how we can help you overcome any pressures, please speak to a member of staff or call UKAT treatment centres