The World Health Organisation (1946) defines ‘health’ as, "A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being not merely the absence of disease.”
We understand that good health and wellbeing is critical to your child’s success. We appreciate that the modern teenager faces unprecedented pressure and this can make it difficult for them to achieve an optimum state of wellbeing. However, they will not be realising their potential in either their academic work or in life generally, if their wellbeing is compromised. With good health and wellbeing it is possible to thrive, rather than merely survive.
Signs they might be struggling with their wellbeing
- There are marked changes to their mood and happiness
- They may be easily upset and tearful or quick to get angry
- They may be very negative
- They may isolate themselves from the rest of their family
- They might stop communicating or be very limited in what they say
- They may withdraw from things they have always enjoyed
- They may not be sleeping well and seem tired all of the time
- They may not be eating well
- They may be struggling to concentrate and keep on top of homework
- They may regularly complain of stomach ache or feeling unwell
- They may be reluctant to go to school
Or, you might just know in your gut as their parent that something is wrong.
Helping your child find help at school
- Encourage them to talk to someone – be that you, their Form Tutor, Head of Year, or someone from the Student Support Team in the School House.
- You can also contact school directly if you are worried about your child.
External help & support for parents
- Charlie Waller Memorial Trust - Support leaflets for parents and students in dealing with a range of mental health difficulties. - https://www.cwmt.org.uk/
- Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) - Provides a range of advice and support, including debt management, benefits, housing and family. Website allows you to search for your local office - https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk - 03444 111 444
- Family Line (hosted by Family Action) - 0808 802 6666 - (Opening Times: Monday – Friday 6pm -10pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am- 1pm) - TEXT Message: 07537 404282 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum - Support for parents of young people with disabilities or SEN - https://www.lincspcf.org.uk - 07925 232 466
- Lincs CC Family Services Directory - Signposts you to all kinds of advice & support for both parents and young people: http://search3.openobjects.com/kb5/lincs/fsd/home.page
- NSPCC Helpline - If you’re worried about a child, or if you’re even unsure, you can talk to a professional counsellor for help, support or advice - email@example.com 0808 800 5000
- Steps 2 Change - NHS Talking Therapies for Adults - Offers a range of talking therapies tailored to meet individual needs. They are free of charge and provided by experienced and qualified professionals. You can complete an online self-referral form or access the service through your GP - http://www.lpft.nhs.uk/steps2change - 0303 123 4000
- Think for the Future – Educates parents, staff and students about health and wellbeing issues, with the aim of building social and emotional resilience to tackle educational barriers. This organisation came into school to deliver a number of workshops to staff, students and parents throughout the 2018-19 academic year. They covered topics such as mental illness (with a single session dedicated to anxiety) and social media. A copy of the resources that they used can be found in the downloads section on this page.