Friday 13 March 2020
Now more than ever, our children, families and schools need us to stand with them, giving practical support to help keep children safe. For more information please use the following link: https://www.kidscape.org.uk/
“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 student support managers 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. student support managers will deal with any concerns on a daily basis or signpost pupils and their families to appropriate professionals who can support them.
Student support managers 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 Stead, Miss Masoud, Mr Curtis, and Mrs Arif are our Student support managers.
Children and young people may be worried about the impact of coronavirus, social distancing or self-isolation. Those who already have mental health difficulties such as anxiety might be finding things particularly tough. Talk to them about what’s happening, check how they’re feeling and keep them as well informed as you can.
Tell children and young people where they can go if they are worried about anything or need to talk to someone while school is closed.
Childline provides a range of online tools that young people might find helpful:
• information about Coronavirus
• Calm Zone – activities to help let go of stress
• games to help take your mind off things
• information and advice on a range of topics including feelings, relationships, family and schools
• peer support message boards
• Childline Kids, our website for under 12s.
Childline can also give confidential help and advice. Calls to 0800 1111 are free or children can get support online.
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
Please read the following: Useful contact Information for students.pdf