If you’re worried a child may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about coronavirus (COVID-19), the NSPCC has advice to help you support them.
Another great resource is: https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/ This site was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health and well-being. It is worth a look!
Parent Well Being Champions
We are really pleased to introduce our Parent Well Being Champions: Jen Andrews, Becky Buxton, Matt and Gabi Payne. Our Parent Champions are not experts, just parents who have had various experiences and are willing to listen.
Jen, Gabi, Matt and Becky will work alongside the Staff (Andy Leafe, Emma Bartlett, Penny White, Jo Lopez, Lauren House and Tracy Edwards), Governor (Andy Shepherd and Kate Frapwell-Roach) and Pupil Well being Champions to do all that we can to support our families.
Keep an eye out here for more information/ activities.
As well as this group of people, there are various other support systems available. Here are a sample of them:
Health Connections Mendip
Living and feeling better can start with a simple step – connecting.
Would you like to:
- improve your health and well being?
- Join groups who know what you’re going through?
- Connect to local community groups, services and organisations?
- Build your support network?
- Train as a Community Connector?
Health Connections Mendip can offer one to one support, group support, self-management programmes or signposting.
Give them a call – they are happy to help! 01373 468368 or visit their website: https://healthconnectionsmendip.org/
As parents and carers, we play an important role in teaching children and young people how to understand and manage their feelings as they grow up. Place2be has some great resources and ideas for starting those difficult conversations with your child.
Parenting isn’t always easy. Although it’s often amazing and rewarding to watch your children grow, and to help them learn to be independent, it can also be really hard work.
If you think your child is unhappy or if you are worried about their behaviour, it’s easy to be hard on yourself and think you aren’t doing a good job. Young Minds has a great parents survival guide which is worth a look.
Action for Children
Helping families with advice and practical support. The section on MASK is really helpful for spotting signs of possible mental heath concerns with your child.
Most food banks operate through a referrals system from organisations such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Job Centre, local Church, Health Visitors, GPs, and Social Workers, etc.
Glastonbury Food Bank
Accepts referrals from BA6 and BA16 postcodes. Parcels are delivered to the home.
Contact them on: 07980 458600 or email: email@example.com
Langport Food Bank
The Ridgway Hall, Stacy’s Court, Bow Street, Langport. Open Wednesdays 14.30-16.00
Wells Food Bank
The Vineyard Centre, Unit 2, Keward Mill Trading Estate, Jocelyn Drive, Wells, BA5 1DA.
Open Wednesdays/Saturdays 10.30-14.30
Contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07871 689 598
Bridgwater Food Bank
Mount Street Day Centre, Bridgwater, TA6 3ER
(Located to the right of the cinema, behind Bridgwater Ford)
Tel: 07804 119 273. Email: email@example.com
Opening times: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 13.30 – 15.30.
Yeovil Food Bank
The Lord’s Larder, The Gateway, Addlewell Lane, Yeovil, BA20 1QN.
Tel: 01935 479 398 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shepton Mallet Food Bank
The Salvation Army distributes food parcels in Shepton Mallet. A referral form has to be
made via the Citizens Advice Bureau.
The Salvation Army, The Old Magistrates Court; 21 Commercial Road; Shepton Mallet,
Somerset; BA4 5BU. Tel: 01749 343 168
Other sites include:
childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk February 2020 CMH Week
childrenssociety.org.uk – supports vulnerable children, including those experiencing mental health and emotional well-being problems. Online resources are available
twinkl.co.uk/event/childrens-mental-health-week-2021 2021 CMH Week.
PROMISEworks.org.uk mentoring for disadvantaged children and young people in Somerset
headstogether.org.uk runs projects to help people struggling with mental health issues
mindinsomerset.org.uk Yeovil, Taunton and Bridgwater offices- emotional support 24/7, training resources, Speak Up campaign for schools.
mhfaengland.org mental health first aid. Workplace resources, training and guidance.
mentalhealthatwork.org.uk Public Health England resources, toolkits.
A fairly exhaustive list of numbers if needed:
|ACAS Helpline||0300 1231100|
|Age Uk Wiltshire||0800 169 6565|
|Aids & Sexual Health line||0300 123 7123|
|Alcoholics Anonymous||0800 917 7650|
|Apprenticeship helpline||0800 015 0600|
|Association of counselling & psychotherapy||01455 883300|
|Asthma Uk Advice line||0800 121 6244|
|Asylum aid||020 7354 9631|
|British pregnancy advisory service – providing abortion services across the UK||0345 730 4030|
|Benefit enquiries – www.gov.uk/benefits-calculator|
|Breast cancer care||0808 800 6000|
|The Breastfeeding network||0300 100 0212|
|Child death helpline||0800 282 986|
|Childline||0844 892 0200|
|Crime stoppers UK||0800 555 111|
|Debt free advice||0800 988 4167|
|Dental Helpline||0845 063 1188|
|Direct marketing association helpline (removing your details from direct mailing list)||020 7291 3350|
|Disability living and attendance helpline||0843 504 3710|
|Domestic violence helpline||0121 507 0707|
|Dry out now||0845 230 8060|
0333 405 4567
Somerset link: http://www.somersetdyslexia.co.uk/
|Energy helpline||0800 074 0745|
|Energy saving trust advice Centre||0800 512012|
|Epilepsy action||0808 800 5050|
|Families anonymous||0845 120 0660|
|Families need fathers||0300 030 0363|
|Families & childcare trust||020 7940 7510|
|Family lives||0808 800 2222|
|Flood line||0845 988 1188|
|FRANK (Drugs helpline)||0300 123 6600|
|The Freeview advice line||0345 650 5050|
|Gamblers anonymous – www.gamlesrsanonymous.org.uk|
|Gingerbread||0808 802 0925|
|Home office, London||020 7035 4848|
|Inland revenue||0300 200 3211|
|Macmillan Cancer support||0808 808 0000|
|Mankind (helpline for men suffering domestic violence)||01823 334244|
|Meningitis research foundation||0808 800 3344|
|Multiple sclerosis society||0808 800 8000|
|N.S.P.C.C child protection helpline||0808 800 5000|
|Narcotics anonymous||0300 123 2323|
|National blood service||0300 123 2323|
|National careers service||0800 100 900|
|National dementia helpline||0300 222 1122|
|National domestic violence helpline||0808 200 0247|
|National grid – gas emergency service||0800 111 999|
|National rail enquires||0345 748 4950|
|NHS direct (advice & support)||111|
|NHS stop smoking helpline||0800 169 0169|
|Offenders family’s helpline||0808 808 2003|
|Organ donor line||0300 123 2323|
|Overeaters anonymous||0700 078 4985|
|Parkinson’s UK||0808 800 0303|
|Prisoners family’s helpline||0808 808 3444|
|Prostate cancer helpline||0800 074 8383|
|Quitline (smokers’ helpline)||0800 002200|
|R.S.P.C.A||0300 123 4999|
|Rape crisis||0808 802 9999|
|Relate||0300 100 1234|
|The Roy Castle lung cancer foundation||0800 358 7200|
|Runaway helpline||0808 800 7070|
|Scope helpline||0808 800 3333|
|The sexual Healthline||0300 123 7123|
|Shelter||0808 800 4444|
|The silver line (help and friendship service for older people)||0800 470 8090|
|Spinal injuries association||01908 604191|
|Stroke helpline||0303 3033100|
|Student bursary support helpline||0800 121 8989|
|Supportive parents for special children (parent partnership service for parents of children with special needs) Bristol||01179 989 7725|
|Tax credit helpline||0345 300 3900|
|Veterans helpline||0800 169 2277|
|Working families||020 7253 7243|
Mental Health support sites:
|Mental health helplines||https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/|
|“Mind” for better mental health||https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/|
|Samaritans website & Numbers||https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/|
|Gov.uk contact numbers||https://www.gov.uk/contact|
|Gov.uk HMRC contact details||https://www.gov.uk/contact-hmrc|
|Gov.uk – Childcare service helpline||https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/childcare-service-helpline|
|Gov.uk – Benefits||https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits|
|Citizens advice – tax problems||https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/debt-and-money/tax/problems-with-tax/help-with-tax-problems/|
|Gov.uk – Coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline||https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/coronavirus-covid-19-helpline|
|NHS Website A-Z||https://www.nhs.uk/|
|Find a helpline (all topics)||https://helplines.org/helplines/|