Mental Wellbeing

Mental Wellbeing

Here at Outwood Grange Academies Trust, we put students first to raise standards and transform lives. Creating a supportive environment where our students feel happy and able to flourish underpins everything we do.

We have created a new website which provides a comprehensive range of services for our students and parents to access to support them and their mental wellbeing. To visit, please click on the link below:

Exercise and Meditation

It is important to remain physically active, the recommendation for children and young people aged 5-18 is to aim for an average of at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a day across the week.
Sport England have produced a ‘Stay in, work out’ section which focuses on tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home for all age groups.

Mediation is also an important tool in improving your mental well being and can be an easy first step on your journey towards a healthier, happier life. You can learn to meditate with a free two-week trial of Headspace

Outwood Grange Academies Trust Mental Wellbeing Strategy

Please click below to view the Mental Wellbeing strategy for OGAT

Outwood Academy Newbold Bridge Google Classroom

We have set up a Google Classroom to try and replicate the support delivered in the Bridge. If you feel a student may require this support please discuss this with D.Covell and K.Hollingsworth.

Resources and Charities for supporting mental wellbeing

National Resources

Specific support to discuss Covid-19 with children and young people

NSPCC and the Children’s Commissioners both have guides to coronavirus and supporting tools if children and young people are worried during this period

General Mental Wellbeing support

  • Kooth
    Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous online support for young people and provides information and guidance.
  • Childline
    Childline provides a range of information and support on a number of issues. This includes support on cyberbullying as well as online-counselling. They can be contacted by calling their helpline using 0800 1111. They also have the calm zone which provides a toolbox of ideas to support emotions and express your ways.
  • Samaritans
    Samaritans is a charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation. They operate a helpline and email service for anyone who needs someone to talk to. They listen, don’t judge, and don’t tell you what to do – if you need their support call 116 123
  • Mind
    Mind is a mental health charity have a special area of their website for Children & Young People’s support and advice.
  • Talk to Frank
    FRANK is a website that provides information about drugs and alcohol, their effects and the law. There is also a support phone line, text service, email service and live chat service for friendly, confidential advice.
  • Young Minds
    Young Minds are there to ensure young people get the best possible mental health support. They have an informative website and a Text the Young Minds Crisis Messenger which is free 24/7 support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need urgent help text YM to 85258 for free on EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus. Parents can also call Young Minds on their parent specific helpline 0808 802 55 44
  • Beat
    Beat is a website that provides information about eating disorders, recovery and support services. Beat also provides helplines for adults and young people offering support and information.
  • The Mix
    The Mix is a support service for young people aged 13-25, there to help you with any challenges, e.g. mental health, money issues, homelessness, break-ups or drugs. The website provides information, articles and video content. You can also talk to them online, through a free 24/7 messenger text service by texting THEMIX to 85258 or through a free, confidential helpline on 0808 808 4994.
  • Stonewall
    Stonewall campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. Their website offers help and advice and they also have a telephone information service. They also have a dedicated young people’s website.
  • Papyrus
    Papyrus is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. They provide confidential support and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person. Papyrus can be contacted by calling 0800 068 41 41, by texting 07860 039967 or emailing pat@papyrus-uk.org
  • Cruse Bereavement Care
    Cruse Bereavement Care have a dedicated children & young people’s website – Hope Again. Cruse offers telephone, email and website support through a Freephone national helpline and local services. Cruse can be contacted by calling 0808 808 1677 or emailing helpline@cruse.org.uk. Their services are provided by a network of 5,000 trained volunteers and are confidential and free.
  • NHS 111
    NHS 111 is a service that you can use if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do. They have a website and a helpline. You can ask for a translator if you need one.
  • Your sexual health matters
    Support for all areas of sexual health, from testing, contraception or support groups including LGBT+ guidance

Local Resources

  • Healthy Child Team (School Nursing Service)
    The Healthy Child Team promotes and protects the health and wellbeing of all children and young people aged 5 to 19 and to help with families and children with regards to the emotional health and wellbeing.
  • CAMHS
    The community child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) offers support to children, young people (up to their 18th birthday), and their families who are experiencing significant emotional difficulties or who have mental health issues. CAMHS can be contacted by calling 0300 013 4778
  • Bereavement Support
    The Derbyshire Bereavement Hub was created in the summer of 2015 to bring together organisations offering free services to support bereaved people living in Derby city and Derbyshire. Members of the Hub provide between them, a wide range of services from 1-1 support, groups, programmes and specialist provision for different types of bereavement
  • Young Carers
    A young carer is a person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care for another person, either a family member or a friend. The person they support may be affected by an illness or have a disability – this can include conditions such as Autism or a learning disability. They may have a terminal or long term condition, a mental health illness, be elderly, or have issues with drug or alcohol misuse. They can be contacted by email using info@derbyshirecarers.co.uk or by telephone by calling 01773 833 833.
  • Active Derbyshire
    A group which works alongside the mental health charity Mind, to offer support and guidance through the use of physical activity and local groups to help improve mental health
  • Live life better Derbyshire
    An advice group for families for help through many different topics which could be causing stress and anxiety at home, they offer guidance to make changes for families and people to live better lives
  • Derby City life links
    Life Links provides a wellness and mental health recovery service tailored to meet your needs. Our information, advice and navigation services can help you find community and digital resources that will help you to achieve your recovery outcomes, make your independence more sustainable and support you in developing your own support networks

Parent Specific Support

Parents helping children understand and support children during the Covid-19 Pandemic
The government have also just released some specific guidance for parents and carers to support children and young people’s mental health.

Children and Young People may be having more screen time so it is important that they keep themselves safe online and parents and carers have an important role in this.

  • Internet matters
    Internet Matters provides a range of support for families to enable all family members to stay safe.
  • Thinkuknow
    ThinkUKnow has activities that parents can do with their children and young people to discuss keeping safe online for all age groups.
  • Net-aware
    Net-Aware is a parent’s guide to social networks, apps and games to check out before letting your children use them.
  • Family Lives
    Family Lives is a national family support charity providing help and support to families who are struggling. Support is available via the helpline on 0808 800 2222 or email at askus@familylives.org.uk