Gold Status of The Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award for Schools
Thomas Gainsborough School value the wellbeing of all staff and students within their community. We are delighted to be the first school in the region to have been awarded the Gold Status of The Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award for Schools. Thomas Gainsborough School provides a wide range of support to promote the wellbeing of staff and students, including such activities as student and staff yoga, our extensive student support facilities, providing membership of headspace mindfulness app for all staff and students (this was for a 2 year period at the time of the award, please note this memebership has now expired), weekly wellbeing drop in clinics with mental health first aiders, working with local charities to source counselling sessions for students in need of expert support, and a mental health focus over a fortnight to raise awareness of mental illness and the importance of mental wellbeing.
The Department of Education recognises the direct link between positive mental health in schools and successful educational outcomes; the Mental Health Award for Schools builds on this link and provides a framework to evidence policies and initiatives that work towards improving emotional health and wellbeing for both staff and pupils.
Established by Leeds Beckett University and social enterprise Minds Ahead, the mental health quality kitemark recognises schools that ensure the wellbeing of pupils and staff. The award ensures schools are using evidence-based approaches that align to professional and government guidelines. Utilising a developemental framework, which allows schools to evalutes current mental health practices, identify gaps, develop and strengthen these and work towards building an emottionally healthier environment. Through this process, schools commit to making mental health a strategic priority and developing a positive culture that promotes mental wellbeing for everyone.
If you Need Help with Child Mental Health
They will be able to provide help and advice. Your GP can also provide access to appropriate specialist services and local organisations.
You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
NHS mental health services
Find local mental health services on the NHS website. http://www.nhs.uk
Suffolk Emotional Wellbeing Gateway
Parents and carers can find information and advice, and also complete self-referrals to the Suffolk Emotional Wellbeing Hub.
0345 600 2090
Childline Free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday.
Mind -InfolineOffers advice and support to service users; has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help.
0300 123 3393, text number: 86463
SANE Provides practical help, emotional support and specialist information for people aged 16 and over with mental health problems, their family, friends and carers.
0300 304 7000
Supportline Confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.
Beat Provides helplines, self-help groups and online support to anyone affected by eating disorders.
Helpline: 0808 801 0677,
Youthline: 0808 801 0711,
Studentline: 0808 801 0811
The Samaritans The Samaritans provide a confidential service for people in despair and who feel suicidal.
NSPCC Provides helplines and information on child abuse, child protection and safeguarding children.
0808 800 5000
Young Minds Young Minds has a Parent Helpline that offers free confidential telephone and email support to any adult worried about the wellbeing of a child or young person.
0808 802 5544
Youth Wellbeing Directory
Helps you find support for mental health and wellbeing of young people up to age 25 across the UK.
Free resource about mental health and addiction issues. It has advice and documents on issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm, bipolar, eating disorders and coping.
Provides a comprehensive list of mental health helplines in the UK.
Mental Health Foundation This website offers a wide range of information about mental health issues.
Health Talk Online
Aims to provide balanced information about the experience of everyday life with a range of health conditions and issues, what to expect both physically and mentally, overcoming practical difficulties, making decisions about treatment and talking to health professionals.
YouthinMind is an online resource for information about mental health and offers brief assessments. It also provides links to other useful books, websites and services. http://youthinmind.info/py/yiminfo/