Trinity High School is committed to promoting positive mental health and emotional well-being support. It is important that our students understand how to look after both their physical and mental health and develop a toolkit of coping strategies for when difficulties arise. Happiness at HEART is Trinity’s student mental health service delivered by The Heart Centre.
Happiness at HEART has been developed to support students, parents and staff in understanding mental health issues and removing the stigma around talking about mental health, so that students don’t feel isolated, ashamed or misunderstood and know where to go for help. Over 50% of mental illnesses start before the age of 14 and 1 in 10 children and young people has a mental health disorder.
Schools are on the frontline when it comes to supporting children and young people’s mental wellbeing. Our staff are ideally placed to recognise and respond to early signs of mental health difficulties in children and young people.
We have a variety of services available to support students who are experiencing mental health problems. We work closely with a range of other services and can help direct you to the support you need. It is normal to feel down, anxious or stressed from time to time but if these feelings affect your daily activities, inside or outside of school, then you need to seek help.
Telling someone how you feel, whether it is one of our mental health first aiders or a friend, may bring an immediate sense of relief. What should I look out for?
Signs of depression and anxiety include:
- feeling low
- feeling more anxious or agitated than usual
- losing interest in life
- losing motivation
Some people also:
- put on or lose weight
- stop caring about the way they look or about keeping clean
- do too much work
- have sleep problems
- become withdrawn
What can you do to help?
There are a range of different things we do to help different people, depending on what is causing their mental health to suffer and what they need to help fix that.
Examples of things we can, and do, offer are:
- 1:1 Mental Health First Aid (Routine Appointments or Same Day Appointments for urgent issues).
- Group Sessions focused on helping with stress and general well-being.
- Referrals to professionally qualified counsellors and the school nurse.
- Parent Support Groups and Parent Advice Sessions
- Mindfulness Sessions
Advice and Wellbeing
Managing your wellbeing.
Here are a few tips to help young people cope with the stresses and strains of life, whether they are just starting with us or students revising for their exams.
- Physical health – doing exercise everyday will improve your concentration, memory and help you feel good and boost your confidence. https://www.nhs.uk/change4life is a website that can help you to improve your fitness and activity levels.
- Nutrition – eating a healthy diet will help to keep your energy levels and concentration high. A healthy diet includes complex carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, low sugar snacks and plenty of water. A great website to help you to find out how to eat and drink more healthily is https://www.nhs.uk/change4life
- Rest & recovery – it is important for adults and children to have time for rest, relaxation and “down time” as it can help us rebuild and revive ourselves. Rest and relaxation help to improve our productivity & concentration.
- Sleep – Getting enough sleep will reduce anxiety and stress while at the same time improving alertness and attention span. Older students should get 8 – 9 hours’ sleep each night, while younger students need more. However old you are, make sure you stop using electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime, to help you get to sleep.
- Stress management – Try to create personal strategies to help you to cope with anxiety or stress. Examples include breathing techniques, taking time out, mindfulness, talking to friends or physical activity.
Other organisations who can help:
The Young Minds crisis messenger service provides free, 24/7 mental health crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.
Chat with a counsellor online about whatever’s worrying you.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection, support and guidance for young people and anyone concerned about a young person.
|Headspace: Meditation and Mindfulness Made Simple (APP)
Live a happier, healthier life with just a few minutes of mediation a day on the Headspace app
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|Worcestershire Well Being Hub/Healthy Minds
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You can self-refer to Worcestershire Healthy Minds.
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|PAPYRUS (PREVENTION OF YOUNG SUICIDE)
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|TALK TO FRANK
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Honest information and support for young people in the UK on a range of issues
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Essential support for under 25s
|ACTION FOR HAPPINESS
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STEM4 aims to improve teenage mental health by stemming commonly occurring mental health issues at an early stag
National mental health charity, which offers an excellent range of materials on all aspects of mental health. It also lists details of local Mind Associations.
Tel: 0300 123 3393 (Weekdays 9-5pm)
|MUSLIM YOUTH HELPLINE
The helpline service is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year including Bank Holidays and Eid. Offers support to young Muslims in distress. Email support, helpline & online internet counselling.
0808 808 2008 Freephone
This app created by ChildLine with the input of 4 teenagers, includes all of childline’s services in an app: direct 121 access to a counsellor, videos, advice and chat on a range of issues that affect young people. It is safe and discreet, and can only be accessed by a PIN code.
Developed by 2GETHER NHS Foundation Trust , and approved by NHS choices, this app is an interactive mood diary for monitoring and understanding emotional wellbeing. It includes tips and guidance on how to influence mood.
|IT GETS BRIGHTER
Mental Health Innovation Network
|STUDENTS AGAINST DEPRESSION
Students Against Depression offers information and resources validated by health professionals alongside tips and advice from students who have experienced it all themselves.
A website with video interviews of young people’s real life experiences of health and lifestyle.
Helps all those suffering with anxiety disorders. Self-help leaflets and contact lists. Self-help groups, counselling, phone self-help groups, email support.
No Panic is a registered charity which helps people who suffer from panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders and other related anxiety disorders.
Tel: 0844 967 4848 (10:00-22:00)
Youth Helpline: 0330 606 1174 (Weekdays 15:00-18:00)
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Confidential texting service for young people aged 11-19yrs old. Managed daily by specialist school health nurses.
Text 07507 331750
|SEXUAL HEALTH CONCERNS
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|STAMP OUT SUICIDE
Points of contact for those feeling suicidal, bereaved by suicide or concerned about suicide. Suicide awareness and prevention.
|CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
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|SELF INJURY SUPPORT
For girls and young women up to 24 years in the UK affected by self-harm.
Provide a range of services about self-harm including support and information to those who self-harm, their friends, families and professionals.
Their mission is to guide people who hurt themselves towards new ways of coping, when they’re ready for the journey.
A national project dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self-harm, providing a safe space to talk, ask any questions and be honest about what’s going on in their life.
Advice and support available for those affected by eating disorders.
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|STOP PANIC AND ANXIETY SELF-HELP
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Helpline: 0808 801 0400
Mindline Trans+ is an emotional and mental health support helpline for anyone identifying as transgender, non-binary or genderfluid. They also support family members, friends, colleagues and carers. Mindline Trans+ provides a safe place to talk about your feelings confidentially.
Helpline: 0300 330 5468 (Mondays and Fridays 8pm-midnight)
|THE PROUD TRUST
The Proud Trust is a lifesaving and life enhancing organisation that helps LGBT+ young people empower themselves, to make a positive change for themselves, and their communities. They do this through youth groups, coordinating national and regional LGBT+ youth work networks, delivering of training, running events and campaigns, undertaking research and creating resources.
Helpline: 0161 660 3347, 9am – 5.30pm daily plus emergency calls on weekends
|Switchboard LGBTQ+ Helpline
A safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional well-being, supporting people to explore the right options for themselves and aspiring to a society where all LGBT+ people are informed and empowered.
Helpline: 0300 330 0630 – open 10:00-22:00 every day