Mental Health

Here you can find resources for Mental Health in your college. If you have any resources you would like to share with other colleges, please email covid19@aoc.co.uk.

Education Support exists to support the mental health and wellbeing all staff in education, especially during these very challenging times.  They offer a free 24/7 helpline staffed by trained counsellors as well as a financial grants service for any current and former worker in education

Please help us ensure that everyone working in education is aware of this source of support should they need it, the overall offer is highlighted on their Coronavirus support page.

Information about their counselling and helpline support can be found here and their grant programme here.

Further resources are available here and this blog that may be useful on teachers handling stress may also be helpful.

Public Health England (PHE) has publiched new advice to support mental health and updated the Every Mind Matters platform to help maintain good mental wellbeing. They have also issued advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This advice is to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Staff Mental Health

Education Support Partnership are developing digital resources to provide further support to education staff. They are doing this according to the key themes emerging from their support services – anxiety, grief and isolation. The first content is now live on their website with a video on anxiety plus some additional resources.  

They have also developed materials for promoting their helpline - including some short animations you could use on your various communication channels with your staff team. These can be downloaded here.

 The Chief Executive of Education Support Partnership will be joining our webinar on staff mental health on 19 May.

ACAS have published Advice for Employers and Employees that includes looking after your own mental health, supporting your staff and managing workplace mental health. There are also new resources available.

Bereavement

Unfortunately, given the scale of the Covid-19 outbreak, many colleges will be dealing with staff and students who have suffered the loss of a close family member or friend. Indeed many colleges may suffer the loss of staff members or students. Child Bereavement UK have materials, resources and a helpline for supporting young people up to the age of 25 and some colleges have reported back that they have been incredibly helpful. Cruse Bereavement Care also have a wide range of resources and support available for suitable for young people as well as adults. They have information specific to Covid and traumatic loss.

Suicide

Sadly we are already aware that some young people have died by suicide during the lockdown. This can have a huge impact on staff and students. The Samaritans Step-by-step guide is a hugely useful resource for colleges dealing with suspected suicide attempts. Papyrus will also be familiar to many colleges as the organisation focussed on suicide prevention of young people. They too have advice for professionals and young people as well as a helpline. Staff may also consider these short online training materials from The Zero Suicide Alliance.

For more updates visit our AoC Mental Health and Wellbeing page.

Student Mental Health Resources

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust has produced a series of short ‘Vimeos’ which are between 15 and 30 minutes long and are targeted at students.

Being Kind to Yourself - students (and staff) are guided through a range of ways of self-care. This session is designed to meet this year’s MHA week theme of kindness.

Adverse Childhood experiences - an explanation of what ACES are and discussion of their impact.

Developing a Wellness Action Plan - how to use wellbeing action plan to manage mental wellbeing and signposts several other resources and support.

Self care for students with eating disorders 

Managing stress in today's world - an explanation of what stress is, what can cause stress and the potential impact on mental wellbeing. Alogn with suggestions for maintaining a healthy balance to manage stress successfully.

Mindfulness and staying present - explores how to use mindfulness in a practical day to day way, to stem the anxiety and reduce the tendency to become lost in a spiral of ‘what if’ scenarios that ramp up anxiety and impact negatively on mental health and wellbeing.

Managing the difficulties of working remotely in the current situation - addresses some of the issues that students might have when trying to focus on work and offers some strategies for managing this in face of the current, unprecedented situation.

The Anna Freud Centre #SelfcareSummer pack (Updated 14 July)

The Anna Freud Centre have developed resource packs as part of the Centre's #SelfcareSummer campaign which highlights activities, support and advice every day throughout the summer. It includes Challenge Tuesdays where young people can share their artwork, photography, poems, crafts or activities to help support their wellbeing over the summer.

The #SelfcareSummer pack helps young people to create their own individual self-care plan for the summer holidays based on strategies which other young people have found helpful. It also sign-posts young people and their families to additional support if they need it.

Secondary/College Pack:  https://www.annafreud.org/schools-and-colleges/resources/selfcaresummer-secondary-pack/

Direct link:  https://www.annafreud.org/media/12101/final-selfcaresummer-secondary.pdf