Emotional wellbeing information, resources and support services for staff

Reintegrating back to school life can be a challenge at any time but that demand is even higher during the current climate of uncertainty and change. Below we have gathered information, resources and services that should support you, your colleagues and your school families in this process.

Key points to consider about you

  • Sharing is caring – it is good to talk, whether this be with your work colleagues, friends, family or mentors away from your workplace to share your concerns.
  • Balancing family and work responsibilities – how are you managing expectations without making things worse?
  • Health concerns – you may have heightened anxieties about contracting the coronavirus.
  • Money problems –  support with financial issues.
  • Returning to routines – remember the benefits of routines for all, including you!
  • Parents and Carers –  get involved in helping to identify your child’s anxieties around returning to school, and help to devise an action plan together with your child and class teacher to help ease their return.

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Supporting Staff

Live Well Kent – They can help you improve your mental and physical health and wellbeing. They are a free service for anyone aged 17 and over.  You might want to improve your everyday living, become more independent and confident, meet new people, improve your skills or find a job. Whatever it is, they are there to help. They won’t judge you and what is discussed will remain confidential.Live well Kent logo

If you are in emotional distress and in need of urgent support:

Mental Health Matters  – 0800 107 0160 24/7 helpline

Samaritans  – 116 123 (free phone number) 24/7 support line

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Saneline – 0300 304 7000 4.30 pm – 10.30 pm helpline

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) – Single Point of Access (SPA) 0300 222 0123.  The emphasis is on reducing immediate distress and supporting people to access services and opportunities available in the wider community.

NHS – Kent and Medway have introduced ‘Safe Havens’ which can offer support to reduce immediate distress and support people to access relevant services.

Anna Freud Centre – has a guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of staff in school settings during period of disruption – including a vlog for school and college staff

Anna Freud Centre – a general guide to supporting staff wellbeing in schools.

One You Kent – information and guidance for healthy lifestyle choices, with a selection of free apps and support by phone.

MIND – provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.  They have also created a really useful and detailed page on coronavirus and our well-being.

NHS – Every Mind Matters provides information on looking after your mental health and well-being including information on sleep.  The website also offers an interactive quiz to give you some personal top tips, apps and advice around promoting positive emotional and mental health and well-being.  This has also been tailored specifically for the Coronavirus outbreak.

The British Psychological Society – Teacher Resilience – the framework explored in this research document supports fostering teacher resilience in relation to three areas:

  • Belonging
  • Help-seeking
  • Learning

NHS – MindEd – helping frontline staff to manage their mental health and well-being.  MindEd have selected the best advice and tips from a large panel of international experts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NHS – Managers Psychological Wellbeing Guidance identifies key points and guidance for managers and leaders on:

  • Role model caring and compassionate leadership
  • Being accessible and visible to staff
  • Assisting staff to identify their concerns and working with them to address them
  • Coming together as a team, at the beginning and end of the day
  • Developing peer support formally and informally
  • Regular supervision for individuals and teams
  • Encouraging staff to take breaks
  • Rotating staff from higher stress to lower stress functions where possible
  • Providing additional support for staff who may be more vulnerable
  • Giving the message that it is okay not to be okay

Education Support – no matter what you’re feeling, free, confidential support is available 24/7 with trained counsellors to listen and help you find a way forward.

You can contact them on 08000 562 561. There are also some really useful resources to support your mental health, with particular areas of focus on:

Coronavirus and anxiety

Coronavirus and grief

Coronavirus and isolation

Coronavirus – supporting education staff

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Frontline19 offer a free & confidential emotional support service for workers on the frontline of Covid-19 including education and social care staff.

Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Service – ensures vulnerable victims of abuse get the help they need. You can contact them Monday to Friday between 10.00am and 4.00pm on 01892 570538.

The Kent Integrated Domestic Abuse Services – offer support remotely to individuals.  You can contact them at Victim Support on 0808 1689 111.

Kent Educational Psychology Service (KEPS)/Early Help/Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS) Top Tips

  • Establish a staff check-in system – Twaronite (2019) found people felt the greatest sense of belonging when their colleagues checked in with them both professionally and personally.
  • Ensuring staff are feeling grounded – staff are provided with an extended period of re-grouping to feel connected.
  • Set up a Wobble room – have a protocol in place for staff should they need to take a step back where they can.  Some staff may require support beyond what the workplace can offer.
  • Preparing for the classroom – time is set to reflect and could involve a virtual brainstorming workshop led by a member of staff.
  • Solution focused coaching scaling questions – use a scale of 1 – 10 to gauge how staff are feeling and develop steps to get them into a different place on the scale.

 

Kent Support and Assistance Service may be able to help you if you are having serious difficulties managing your income due to a crisis, or if you are facing exceptional pressures because of an emergency.  The support can be accessed via home essentials in a crisis.

Kent Together hosts a 24 hour helpline and is available on 03000 419292. This supports vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication.  KCC, NHS, emergency services and other partners provide a single point of contact for anyone in need of help during Covid-19.

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Access to training for school staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Education People are running school webinars around ‘Looking Ahead – strategies for reintegrating back to the new normal of education’, webinars with a focus on the Covid-19 pandemic:

MIND – Maidstone and Mid-Kent – are offering Youth Mental Health First Aid training via Zoom.

Internet Matters – is a one stop shop resource featuring guides and apps to help you support others.

Anna Freud Centre – has a number of resources, webinars and vlogs focusing on mental health including anxiety for young people.

This PowerPoint series was written by Specialist teachers and Educational Psychologists. It is designed to be used as a training resource for all staff and possibly children.

Young People’s Mental Health #HereForYou Social Media Campaign

Has developed resources for schools to make sure families know we are still providing all kinds of emotional support and mental health services, with some adjustments due to government guidance. The key message for parents and young people is that services are still ‘Here For You’. See their School Briefing Pack.

We are with you

Offers free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs or mental health issues. They can help you directly or help you help a friend or someone you care about. They have developed a toolkit for anyone supporting a young person who is at risk of, or using substances.  Contact can be made in the following ways:

For young people call 01795 500881

Email: [email protected]

For Webchat click here

 

 

 

 

 

Release the pressure: Text ‘Kent’ to 85258 for ‘in the moment’ help, when life gets overwhelming and you need immediate support. They are there for everyone 24/7 – text anytime you need mental health support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other resources supporting emotional wellbeing for return to schools