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Mental health and wellbeing
Published on: 08/Dec/20

Mental health and wellbeing

Information for parents and carers of secondary school aged children and young adults

IKB Academy take the emotional health and wellbeing of every child seriously. We believe that the school can help students build resilience and support them to be mentally healthy. We are especially aware of how important this is during the current Covid-19 pandemic when some of our students may be feeling extra anxious and struggling with the changes that are going on around them. This is likely too true for many of us adults too. We all want to try and protect our children from experiencing our own anxieties around the virus.

We all have ups and downs in life but in childhood it can be particularly hard to cope with sad feelings and worries that arise when things are hard or scary. There may be times when your child is unhappy or struggling emotionally. You may notice that they seem low or worried or that their behaviour changes. We may notice that they seem withdrawn or upset at school.

If you are worried about your child’s mental health then you are not alone. Many parents and carers have similar worries and stresses. There is good support available from local and national organisations. The sooner you seek help the better for your child and you.  

The leaflet: Mental health problems in children and young people: guidance for parents and carers provides some useful tips for helping your child plus links to local and national services.  

Local services for children and young people

  • The School

Please talk to us about your concerns, so that we can work together to help your child feel better. Call our Learning Mentor Miss Offord on 0117 916 1025.

  • Your GP

A GP can check any physical symptoms linked to your child’s health and talk with you about their emotional well-being, making a referral to a specialist service if necessary.

Parents/carers can contact the Bath and North East Somerset School Nurse Service for advice and support on a range of health issues.

A free NHS service that assesses and treats 0 -18-year olds with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. 

Children and young people aged 11 and over are also able to access support themselves from B&NES Kooth. This provides links to advice as well as online counselling.

Information and advice

The following organisations provide reliable information and advice to help parent/carers to support their child when experiencing emotional difficulties:-

Young Minds: help for parents Information about all aspects of child mental health, including a parent Helpline: 0800 802 5544.

Childline lots of information and tips for children of all ages about feelings and difficult situations.

Minded for Families free learning resource about mental health for parents and carers.

Happy Maps lots of information about health topics including mental health, organised under different age groups including secondary age and young adults.

Looking after your own mental health

In order to support your child, you need to stay strong and well yourself. It isn’t easy being a parent or carer especially when you are experiencing problems of your own such as relationship difficulties, money worries, problems with work etc. Often it helps to talk to someone, so don’t be scared about doing this, with friends, family, your GP or a support service. The following organisations can also offer information and advice to help you.

The Wellbeing College

Directory and database of groups, activities and courses in the community that can support adult wellbeing.

Talking Therapies

Accessed through your GP or self-referral.

MyScript- Social prescribing service  

Available to anyone registered with a GP in B&NES. This service provides support in finding specialist services and community groups to help individuals experiencing mental health and wellbeing issues to take control of their situation.

Bath Mind

Tel: 01225 316199

Samaritans

Free phone: 116 123

NHS Choices: moodzone 

Helps manage stress, anxiety, depression. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing  

CALM Campaign against living miserably

Agencies and services to support parents and carers in vulnerable situations

B&NES Directory of services: Wellbeing Options

Links to a range of services supporting physical, social and emotional needs across the area.

1 Big Database

Links to a wide range of useful information for families including Ofsted registered childcare, parenting support, groups, clubs and events.

Rainbow Resource

Signposts to organisations, services, support, activities and groups for children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs.

Citizens Advice B&NES

Independent charity that provides free, impartial advice and information on a range of issues including housing, employment and debt.

The information on this page has been provided by B&NES Council Public Health Team