South Pennine Academies

Mental Health & Wellbeing

South Pennine Academies is committed to a Trust-wide approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing covering students, staff and the wider community.

Helen Scally is the Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead for South Pennine Academies.

Helen has been in primary education for over 11 years, working mainly with children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and, specifically, SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) needs. She has been heavily involved in the strategic and operational development of Castle Community Hub (part of the Schools as Community Hubs programme) which has been instrumental in strengthening relationships between schools and communities.

Helen is passionate about the need to develop emotionally healthy work places for staff and sees pupils’ mental health and wellbeing as a priority.

Sources of Information and Help

General Support

Kirklees
https://www.northorpehall.co.uk/

Oldham
https://healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk/find-us/oldham/

Calderdale
http://www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk/

CAMHS
Lots of helpful resources from across the internet, including books to download, apps, useful websites, and videos that are available to help support your mental health and well-being.
https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
Support for children and anyone worried about a child.
Telephone:  0800 800 5000, 0800 1111 (18 or under)
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

YoungMinds
Committed to improving the mental health of babies, children and young people, including support for parents and carers.
Parent’s Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (parents’ helpline)
Crisis Messenger Service, text YM to 85258
https://youngminds.org.uk/

Childline
Childline is there to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, trained counsellors are there to support you.
Call 0800 1111 open 24/7
https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/

Mind
Ask Mind about mental health problems, where to get help near you, treatment options, advocacy services.
Infoline: 0300 123 3393 (open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm)
Email: info@mind.org.uk
Text: 86463
https://www.mind.org.uk/

 

For Children and Young People

Kooth
Free, safe, anonymous online advice and counselling.
https://www.kooth.com/

MeeTwo
MeeTwo is a free fully moderated app for young people, which provides peer support, expert help, inbuilt educational and creative resources.
https://www.meetwo.co.uk/

Calm Harm
The Calm Harm app provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you so wish. You will be able to track your progress and notice change.
https://calmharm.co.uk/

Worrinots
Child friendly app designed to help children cope with worries and anxieties.
https://www.worrinots.com/

On My Mind
On My Mind aims to empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing.
https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/

Youth Central
Youth Central is a virtual youth centre for 12-19 year olds where you can access free youth workshops, training, advice and videos on things such as anxiety, fitness, beauty and even TikTok dance routines!
https://www.youthcentral.co.uk/

 

For Parents/Carers

Combined Minds
An app developed to help families and friends support young people with their mental health.
https://combinedminds.co.uk/

Virtual Hope Box
The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is an app that contains simple tools to help with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.
https://www.my-therappy.co.uk/app/virtual-hope-box

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Offering a range of specialist interventions and resources that focus on supporting families.
https://www.annafreud.org/parents/

 

For Staff

Schools Advisory Service
The Schools Advisory Service (SAS) offers an extensive health and wellbeing support service, including counselling, physiotherapy, weight management, menopause support, GP phone and video consultations and much more.
https://schooladvice.co.uk/

The Virtual Hope Box
The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is an app that contains simple tools to help with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.
https://www.my-therappy.co.uk/app/virtual-hope-box/

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families provides lots of resources for staff, children, young people and their families.
https://www.annafreud.org/schools-and-colleges/resources/