The Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School

Mental Health & Wellbeing

This page is designed to provide you, as a parent/carer, and your child, information and guidance regarding support available to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. 

Support in School

We have a number of provisions and interventions that we offer in school to support mental health and wellbeing and in turn, engagement in learning. As you may also be aware, this year at Holy Trinity, we have started a year long project with a focus on mental health and boosting self-esteem across the school.

Self-esteem can help a person to succeed in what they put their mind to. Click here for advice from Young Minds for how to make a difference to your child’s self-esteem.

 As part of our whole school approach to mental health, we work closely with the Mental Health Support Team, now known as Thought-full. Their practitioners are in school every week to work with students we have identified as needing 1:1 therapeutic intervention.

To find out more about Thought-Full click here.

 The Thought-Full team also have a YouTube page where they create informational videos you may find helpful such as:

An overview of what the MHST do and what an MHST intervention would be like:

https://youtu.be/Dr6vCSKkfKc

 An overview of what emotional regulation is and how to support it:

https://youtu.be/U6F-j1PgGAM

Upcoming Awareness Days

16-22 May - Mental Health Awareness Week

Parent/Carer Support Groups & Online Training Courses

New for January 2022

Supporting a child with mental ill health can be exhausting, demanding and frustrating. Often, it is difficult to find the help that they need and it is easy to end up feeling isolated.
Our Parent Support group is for parents and carers of children and young people with mental ill health in the Crawley area and aims to provide a calm, relaxed and non-judgemental space to get away from it all for a short time and find support from people who ‘get it’. The group will run every Saturday morning from 9.30 – 11.30, and you can come along anytime without the need to book. To view their flyer which provides further information please click here.

West Sussex Mind is a local service which provides online courses for parents and carers around all sorts of aspects of children and young people’s wellbeing. Most of the courses are either free or low-cost and you will benefit from the input of an experienced professional, as well as the shared experience of other families.

Their current offer can be viewed on their website and upcoming courses include: Building your child’s self-esteem; Social anxiety and selective mutism; Supporting your bereaved child, Self Harm Parents and Carers Network, Social Media and Mental Health; and Adverse childhood experiences and trauma.

To find out more about upcoming training on offer, please click here.

The Self-Harm Learning Network are running workshops for parents/carers to look at the connections between LGBTQ+ and self-harm and how to offer support.  You can find out more and register for the workshops by clicking here.

Mind run free live events online with information about self harm and strategies for parents and carers. You will have an opportunity, in small groups, to talk to other parents and carers going through similar things. Mind run courses throughout the term and at different times to suit you. After attending, you will be sent a link giving you access to a site full of resources for self harm. Self-Harm Learning Network Information.

Useful Resources

Your Mind Matters - West Sussex County Council recognise the importance of looking after our emotional health and have created a page with a wealth of information for young people, parents/carers, and professionals.

New for February 2022: The link below will take you to a useful toolkit which has been created for parents/carers to help you:

  • to understand what good mental health looks like for children and young people
  • to have a better awareness of when difficulties may arise and what to look out for
  • to know how to help your child if you feel they are struggling
  • to understand when and how to get professional help

https://citymha.org.uk/docs///CMHA-PARENT-CYP-MH-TOOLKIT.pdf

 

A free service for young people 11-18 looking for support with their well-being. This requires a referral. More information can be found here.

 

A safe easy way to speak with a qualified health professional via text message to get confidential advice. This is discrete, quick, and can be anonymous.

Advice for Teens in West Sussex.

Text: 07480 635 424

  • Organisation: Sussex Community NHS Trust

  • Service: West Sussex school nursing service

  • For: Young people aged 11-19

  • Response time: Within 24 hours, 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays)

 

A mental health charity for children, young people and their parents, making sure all young people can get the mental health support they need.

Young Minds Parents Helpline - Click here for contact information for parents to receive support for their children. 

 

Has lots of advice and support for young people and parents.

 

Mental health support and advice on self-care for young people.

Online support for young people struggling with self-harm (aged 14-19).

For further information and support for self-harm please click here.

 

Mental health support for young people. 

To find out more about upcoming training on offer, please click here.

 

YAC (Youth Advice Centre) – Crawley

Support & Advice Drop-Ins (11-25)

Young people can drop-in to the YAC to access same-day support and advice sessions with our friendly Support & Advice workers. Young people can access support and advice for a wide range of wellbeing issues including:

  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing

  • Physical and sexual health

  • Employment & education

  • Money, welfare and debt

  • Substance misuse

  • Exploitation

  • Gender & sexuality

How to access: Any young-person (aged 11-25) can drop-in to the YAC on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays between 2-6pm to access same-day 1:1 Support & Advice sessions.

The YMCA Dialogue Counselling Service has recently launched a website to support young people with their mental health and wellbeing online. This service signposts the help available in Sussex.

There are times when we all feel the strain, but there are a number of ways we can support our children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy. This useful page from the NHS provides tips for supporting your child and your own mental health, as well as information on support services available.

Contact

All staff in the school have a responsibility to promote and support the mental health of our students, but if you’d like to contact someone specifically about this area, you can go to any of the following members of staff:

                             

Mrs Bramley Mrs White Miss Anderson
Deputy Head Safeguarding Manager Learning Support Manager
Pastoral Lead Mental Health & Self-Esteem Project Leader

If you have any concerns or worries, please email us at: safeguarding@holytrinitycrawley.org.uk