Well Being @ CCHS
Support for Students and Families
Welcome to our Well-Being Hub
On this page you will find information and links to assist with your family's well-being and mental health. Scroll down to access numerous support groups and organisations, covering a variety of topics.
The pandemic has had a major impact on young people's mental health and it is important that they are able to access support with any issues.
These websites are ideal to help parents support their children with these issues:
March 2021 - Back to School
We are pleased to be welcoming students back from this latest difficult period of lockdown.
We understand this has been a difficult time for children and their families. We are as ever here to offer support. Please see below support that can be accessed through our school:
• Steph Henson ;- Our befriender, who can offer appointments to support with emotional support.
• MIND - We have MIND counsellors based in school who can offer emotional support.
• Lucy Martin - Community school Nurse - Lucy can offer support for children with emotional & physical wellbeing.
• Student Social Workers Beth Dwerryhouse & Sarah Hitchcock - Sarah and Beth are joining the school and can support children and families this could be in wellbeing, self esteem issues, signposting to other support agencies
Please speak to your child's Year Leader if you feel that a referral to one of these services would help to support your child.
Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook - Download a copy here
A Tool to Help You Build Resilience During Difficult Times
Children's Mental Health Week 2021
To support parents and carers during the coronavirus outbreak, the Anna Freud Centre have hand-picked a selection of quality-assured, free resources to advise on supporting children and young people during the Coronavirus epidemic - Download a copy here
During the school closure, our students can still get support through online services or by emailing our dedicated besafe email address.
The Safeguarding team also have a dedicated Safeguarding Webpage, for students, parents & carers alike, as well as an email address that can be used by students to report concerns:-
Support Information and Links
• CCHS Online Safety Newsletter - Spring 2021 - View
A special edition of our Safeguarding Newsletter - full of useful information for parents and carers about device use during Remote Learning and beyond.
• E-Safety News - The latest information that parents & carers should be aware of - View
• Key contact telephone numbers and websites to help support Parents & Students - View
• Educational Psychology Service - Parent Helpline - View
• Supporting your child during the coronavirus pandemic - Young Minds - View
• Don't forget we remain committed to supporting our students - in addition, the majority of online support services continue as normal as possible - See our Student Support webpage.
Childline - Calm Zone
The Childline website has lots of valuable information for children and their parents; one useful area is their Calm Zone. The activities aim to help children feel better when they're feeling anxious, scared or sad.
Although children should be encouraged to visit the website themselves, these are good techniques for parents to use with children. Ideas include: breathing exercises, a 'let it go' box and creating a 'sense drawer'.
Visit the Childline Calm Zone to find out more....
Think U Know? - Online Safety information
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. They have produced a number of useful home activity packs, containing simple 15 minute activities, to help support families with online safety at home. Each of these family activity sheets have a selection of short conversation starters, practical tips and fun tasks to do as a family. Find out more here...
Developing Resilience to living with COVID-19
Resilience is about taking steps to look after your wellbeing which can help you deal with pressure, and reduce the impact that stress has on your life. This is sometimes called developing emotional resilience. Resilience is not just your ability to bounce back, but also your capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances, whilst maintaining a stable mental wellbeing.
Resilience is not a personality trait – it is something that we can all take steps to achieve.
• Make some lifestyle changes
• Look after your physical health
• Give yourself a break
• Develop your support network
Interested in finding out more…? To find out your keys to resilience - watch this YouTube video.
Live Well Essex
The livewell campaign is designed to engage communities, families and individuals with the aim of providing information about all that is on offer in Essex to improve health and wellbeing.
Visit their website for help and advice on numerous topics.
See their advice on Healthy Relationships - 'We All Have Arguments; How Do You Solve Yours?'
Every Mind Matters
Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of Coronavirus. You may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you. It is important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing so.
The tips and advice from the Every Mind Matters Team are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home. Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it - Mental Wellbeing While Staying At Home, Every Mind Matters, a NHS One You Resource
Do not forget that just a few easy actions can also help keep a healthy mind.
• Ensure you get some exercise each day
• Talk to someone every day - family or friends – and tell them how you feel
• Do something creative - write a story, draw, paint or read
• Balance your screen time - too many hours using phones, tablets and watching television can inhibit your sleep
• Ensure you get enough sleep to ensure that your immune system is healthy – tired bodies have lower immunity
Positive Emotional Well Being
Young Minds and UNICEF have some good ideas to help you support your children's mental health during the isolation period:
• Young Minds – Look After Your Mental Health Whilst Self Isolating
• UNICEF – How Teenagers Can Protect Their Mental Health During the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
• Your Mind Plan | Every Mind Matters | One You - a really helpful quiz for those who are struggling to cope with the current situation.
Childhood Bereavement Support Network - Covid-19: Supporting Bereaved Children and Young People
Winstons Wish - Information, advice and guidance on supporting bereaved children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak
Child Bereavement UK - providing confidential support, information and guidance to families