Support for Sixth Form Students
Approaching your Teachers, Peers or Parents/Parers
Whilst a common trait with mental health issues is to bury or hide it inside, it is much healthier to have a conversation with a peer, friend, parent/carer or a teacher. The hardest part is getting the conversation started.
You will frequently find that the response of the other person will remind you that there are those who care about and are interested in you, and will help you to see your way to managing the issues more clearly.
It can help to start with some more general terms such as:
“I’ve been having a bit of difficulty with…” or “I’m feeling quite low”.
It may be useful to specify you would benefit from 5 minutes to have a quiet chat, when they are likely not to be distracted by other people or in a busy place. Once this is out in the open the conversation will become a two-way street and you will find it progresses more easily. Some useful resources and guidance on how to talk about mental health can be found at https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/talk-about-mental-health/telling-someone-about-your-mental-health-problem
Getting professional help
There is also a small capacity for a short course of one-to-one counselling available in school. You should speak to the Sixth Form team if you think you would benefit from this, or if you don’t feel comfortable doing so, ask a parent/carer or another person to talk to us on your behalf.
If you have a feeling that you need urgent help or that you feel so low, angry or upset that you have considered harming yourself, then the best way to get help quickly is by going to your GP and asking if they can refer you for support.
My Self-Care Plan
Self-care is all about what you can do to help yourself feel better or to keep yourself feeling good. It’s a way that we can look after our own mental health and wellbeing.
Everyone’s approach to self-care will look different. What works for you might not work for others. There are lots of different self-care strategies so you can try out different ones until you find something that works for you.
This resource walks young people through a series of steps, helping them create a detailed self-care plan that works for them.
The plan helps young people identify activities that they can use to support their mental health. It’s adaptable on a weekly or monthly basis, so that it can fit differing schedules or priorities.
The suggested activities in the plan are split into different categories, including:
- physical activities
- emotional activities
- social activities
- practical activities
Kent - Emotional Wellbeing Teams
We are the Emotional Wellbeing Team at your child’s school. Emotional Wellbeing Teams are a government initiative also known nationally as Mental Health Support Teams. We’re specially trained to help children at school with their emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Alumina - Free Online Self-Harm Support
Alumina is a free, online 7 week course for young people struggling with self-harm. Each course has up to 14 young people, all accessing the sessions from their own phones, tablets or laptops across the UK. The courses take place on different evenings of the week and are run by friendly, trained counsellors and volunteer youth workers. You don’t need an adult to refer you or sign you up, and no-one will see or hear you during the sessions – you’ll just join in via the chatbox. We want to help you to find your next steps towards recovery, wherever you are on your journey.
We are Kent’s largest charity for homeless and vulnerable people. We’re here for people who have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to. Some are living on the streets, others need support because they are at risk of losing their home.
Teen Sleep Hub
The Teen Sleep Hub is a hive of information around sleep aimed at teens (not parents).
Please click the link below to access downloadable and online resources:
Free safe an anonymous online support for young people. Giving you someone to understand or advice on talking to friends, they are here for you.
Step By Step - Free Couselling for Young Adults (11-25)
Counselling gives you a safe place to be heard and it is completely confidential.
Our free counselling service is based on building a trusting relationship with you. It can help you talk about your experiences and worries and how to manage them in a supportive way. Our counsellors are trained to listen carefully and thoughtfully to you, without judgement.
Counsellors do not give advice but do support you to make positive decisions for yourself. Our counsellors are trained to work with many different areas that may be worrying you, including feeling stressed or anxious, feeling down, having panic attacks, being bullied, coping with the death of someone in your life, family problems, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, friendship / relationship issues, hurting yourself, problems with food or eating, feelings of not fitting in, exam worries and loneliness.
You’ll have up to 6 - 8 sessions with a counsellor who is trained to hear you in confidence.
MIND - Information and Support for Young People (11-18)
We're Mind. We understand mental health and wellbeing. We're here for you if you're finding things hard. We help everyone understand mental health problems, so no one has to feel alone.
How we can help?
If you're going through a difficult time or are struggling with how you're feeling, it can be really scary and upsetting.
Whatever you're feeling right now, we're here for you. We have information and advice, so you don't have to go through it alone.
The Mix - Essential Support for Under 25's
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us via our online community, on social, through our free, confidential helpline or our counselling service.
Heal Hub - Free Online Mental Health Support for Under 25's
Are you aged 14-25 and struggling with your wellbeing due to COVID-19? This free mental health hub can help.
If you or someone you know has been struggling to cope in life after lockdown or has been affected by COVID-19 please feel free to refer them to the www.healhub.org.uk. The heal hub offers free online mental health therapy sessions for 14-25 year olds experiencing the onset of anxiety, the stress of home life, the consequences of “long Covid” or if they are going through a bereavement.
The online therapy sessions will help the young person to take control of their recovery, understand their emotions, build resilience and manage their anxiety.
NHS - Mental health for children, teenagers and young adults
Find advice and support about mental health for children, teenagers, students and parents.
East Kent Rape Crisis
We believe, listen and support.
Our aim is to provide a safe space for survivors of sexual violence across East Kent. We offer access to therapeutic and practical support to help people rebuild their lives.
Domestic Abuse Counselling
The trauma of enduring an abusive relationship can linger for many months, if not years, after the partnership ended. That is where domestic abuse counselling can have a role to play.
One of the so-called talking therapies, formal counselling allows you to discuss your feelings, problems and associated issues with a trained counsellor confidentially and safely.
SATEDA - Empowering Women, Ending Domestic Abuse
Our vision is to end domestic abuse and our mission is to enable women to end the cycle of domestic abuse and rebuild their lives, through education, support and advocacy. As a specialist domestic abuse charity, we campaign for systemic change around gender-based violence, while providing a unique journey of support to victims and survivors of domestic abuse, enabling them to break free, take back control, find their own voices and live a life without fear.
Young Minds - Fighting for Young People's Mental Health
Whether you want to understand more about how you're feeling and find ways to feel better, or you want to support someone who's struggling, we can help.
Big White Wall - Support for 16-15 Year Olds
Togetherall is a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing.
Millions of people in the UK have access via their participating employer, university, college, NHS provider or local council. All armed forces personnel, veterans and their families (16+) also have free access.
NHS - Chat Health
Confidential texting service for young people aged 11 – 19. Young people can text the school health team about any concerns or health issues on: 07520 618850.