“Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the mental health problem itself. Your attitude to mental health could change someone’s life.” (Time to Change )
10% of children and young people aged 5 to 16 suffer from a diagnosed mental health disorder (Office of National Statistics. Mental Health of children and young people in Great Britain. 2004)
These are just some of the facts that really hit home! We at Ark Victoria Academy want all our pupils to have the best support and care available. All our staff aim to ensure that we take care of the wellbeing and the academic achievements of our pupils.
In school we have Learning Mentors that are trained in the skills needed to listen and guide pupils that may need social, emotional or mental health support.
There are 2 post-boxes placed for pupils to post any concerns they may have within school. Pupils can find these in Oldknow library and outside the school nurse’s office in the Talbot Building. The Learning Mentors will deal with any concerns on a daily basis or signpost pupils and their families to appropriate professionals who can support them.
The Leaning Mentors have an “open door” policy and one of them will be available at lunchtime and break time to listen or to talk to anyone that needs one to one support.
Mr Parkar, Mr Jamal and Mrs Hayre are our Learning Mentors.
If you find that you need additional support outside of school hours, the following services may be of interest to you:
PAUSE Forward Thinking Birmingham
Pause is a free service; you don't need an appointment; you can simply drop in for a chat.
Whatever your reason, whether you're a little worried about something that's going on in your life or you just need some space to think, Pause is here for you. Drop in and talk to one of the team, learn a new technique for managing your emotions or simply browse our online self-help materials. Pause is run by a friendly team of therapists, youth workers and volunteers, who are always on hand to lend a listening ear.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am - 6pm, Wednesday: 12pm - 8pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11am - 4pm
21 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6BJ
App - Hub of Hope
The Hub of Hope is a first of its kind, national mental health database which brings together organisations and charities, large and small, from across the country who offer mental health advice and support, together in one place. Addresses contact details of places near to you, endorsed by the Samaritans.