Mental Health & Wellbeing

On this page we will add links to sources of information and advice relevant to student mental health and well-being, plus useful resources for parents.
 

If you need urgent help

Call HPFT's freephone 24/7 helpline: 0800 6444 101 or Call NHS 111 and select option two for mental health services In the event of a life threatening condition that requires an emergency intervention, call 999 for the emergency services.

You can also find help on the HPFT website here: https://www.hpft.nhs.uk/get-help/

 
Just Talk
Just Talk is a Hertfordshire scheme encouraging our young people to show strength through talking about their mental health. Their website contains information for young people and their parents and carers. Just Talk Week takes place from 15 - 21 November and is a week-long campaign to help spread messages about the importance of talking about how we feel. They hope to reach more people than ever this year, as JustTalk Week is taking place entirely online.
 
 
Just Talk have also produced a flyer with links to many different sources of mental health and wellbeing information. You can download the flyer here:  Just Talk Flyer.pdf
 
Please also remind your sons that we have Sixth Form Just Talk ambassadors available, and an email address: 
justtalk@hitchinboys.co.uk  Boys can email for advice at any time.
 
As we move to Step 4 of the government's roadmap, they have published details of ongoing sources of help to support mental health and well-being, which you can find here.
 
NHS Mental Health Resources for Children and Young People
Here is a document summarising many different services which offer help and advice to young people who may be struggling during the current pandemic: 
 
 
NSPCC Helpline
Following the troubling testimonies of sexual harassment and abuse documented on the Everyone’s Invited website, the NSPCC has set up a new helpline, which will support children and young people, and offer guidance to adults and staff working with pupils. The helpline can be contacted on 0800 136 663, or by emailing help@nspcc.org.uk
 
PHASE Hitchin
Local Hitchin charity Phase have just launched their Renew programme, a series of short development sessions that you can do when and how best suits you. The programme has three key parts and aims to help you renew and restore you and others to develop your mental health and wellbeing. Each session should take no more that 30 minutes and there is a specific webpage for each one to make it easier to focus, engage and renew. More information via this link: 
 
Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living
Parents who would like to are able to access a weekly drop in mindfulness session on Mondays at 1pm which is run via Zoom. This is open to anyone regardless of previous experience: 
 
Mental health resources for children, parents, carers and school staff
To mark Children’s Mental Health Week, the Department for Education have put together some useful links and sources of support so that children, parents, carers, and school staff can get the advice and help they need. The information can be found here.
 
EduSafe
EduSafe offer a bank of online resources written by experts that provide information and extra support.
 
Anna Freud
The Anna Freud Centre have published strategies to help young people manage their mental health and wellbeing. You can access the resources here.
 
Healthy Young Minds
Hertfordshire Mind Network (HMN) have launched a new early intervention and prevention helpline for children and young people aged 10-17 in Herts. The helpline will provide a safe, non-judgemental space to talk to a Young People Advisor or Mentor who will provide emotional support, advice and information, signposting and discuss coping strategies. For opening hours and more information please visit the website 
 
New resources from the British Red Cross to tackle loneliness
The coronavirus crisis has left many of us experiencing increased feelings of loneliness and isolation. Anyone can feel lonely, but the British Red Cross’s research with the Co-op shows that loneliness can badly affect young people. They have created some brand-new resources as part of the programme, designed to help develop understanding of loneliness and build confidence, coping skills and connections. The resources can be accessed on their website here: 
 
 
 
ParentInfo have published a useful article signposting a number of online sources of mental health support for children – more information here.
 
Bereavement charity Stand-by-Me offers information, advice and support to help children, young people and their families living in North Hertfordshire & Stevenage understand and manage their grief.
 
Families First is the term used in Hertfordshire for services that work together to support families who need extra help. These are also known as early help services. If you need more help than your usual support network - for example your health visitor, school, doctor or family centre - they can work with you and your family to create a package of support.

Families First is available to all Hertfordshire families with children under 18 (25 if they have a learning need or disability). More information including how to get help can be found on their website https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/microsites/families-first/families-first.aspx