May 2020: Brilliant booklet by the Psychology and Therapeutic Services (P&TS)
We have been lucky enough to receive the booklet above, entitled 'Education Setting Staff: Looking after your mental health and wellbeing - and that of the children and young people you support.' It's superb - we've advertised it in Headlines as well, and you'll find it embedded below as a PDF. Please DO pass it amongst your staff.
21 April 2020: More resources for good mental health and the management of stress
Education and Learning Officers have put together an excellent list of resources for staff, children, young people and parents, in light of the current national crisis. Please do have a look at this document (called 'MH/S - Staff and CYP) below. If you can't find an organisation which you need, have a look at the other resources list, also below. Failing that, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further signposting. Don't forget the support network for School Leaders - details in post below. Keep well, keep safe.
27 March 2020: Support for School Leaders' Wellbeing
We know that there are continued levels of anxiety amongst communities and school leaders and school staff are absorbing much of this. Support for headteachers and other school leaders in this challenging time has been established with and to support from the headteacher associations. For initial contact, the phone number is 01473260163 or the e-mail address is email@example.com.
It's good to talk....
Time to Change, the national organisation committed to reducing stigma and raising awareness, has advertised a new online module to assist people to 'start the conversation' about mental health. There is a document below which details this and it also has a link to an online module to complete. Have a go!
You can also find a document about 'mental health and emotional wellbeing information for schools', which includes services and training for professionals to help them support children and young people and their families.
There is a really helpful document by the HSE which is specifically for schools and the management of stress - it's called the Education Talking Toolkit. You will need to download it directly from the HSE website as it's too large a file to host on here. You can also have a look at the their general pages on stress and mental health.
Because some of the documents below are SCC policies, they may refer to links which are on 'MySCC', the SCC staff portal. If that's the case and you can't reach that information, let me know and I'll source it for you elsewhere.
Me and my colleague Penny Shenfield from CYP (non-schools) H&S, are available for in-house courses and workshops with regard to stress and mental health. Any questions on the training or any of these topics, just contact me at nina.bickerton@Suffolk.gov.uk