Ways to share
Emotional wellbeing information, resources and support services for staff
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.
As workload can be a key cause of additional pressure for staff, the DfE’s Workload Reduction Toolkit may be of use to teams wishing to do workshops around managing workload for staff who may be feeling overwhelmed by increased pressure. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/school-workload-reduction-toolkit.
It also contains a section on Wellbeing and workload reduction, with suggestions for things staff can do, eg. action plans and whole school approach examples. Some practical resources and tools are available here to support staff about teaching mental wellbeing: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/teaching-about-mental-wellbeing
For any staff that would benefit from counselling – DfE has provided funding to Education Support Partnership to provide online peer-support and telephone supervision: https://www.educationsupport.org.uk/helping-your-staff/school-leaders-wellbeing-pilot-service.
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.
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
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.
NHS Talking Therapies (IAPT Services) provide mental health support services for adults experiencing difficult emotions, such as low mood, anxiety and stress. You can access a range of NHS therapies from this website.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Find a foodbank using your postcode.
Access to training for school staff
- Post Covid Lockdown – supporting the transition to YR
- Post Covid Lockdown – supporting the transition to Y1
- Supporting children with anxiety
- What do Head Teachers and Senior Leaders need to know about the EYFS
- Self-care for professionals in the Covid-19 pandemic – developing your essential toolbox
- Understanding trauma and how we can best respond in the Covid19 pandemic
- Is working from home taking its toll on your mental health?
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.
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
Supporting vulnerable pupils
To assist in the successful reintegration of vulnerable pupils you may want to consider this information and guidance.
Emotional wellbeing advice and guidance for schools
Including universal support and guidance around transition.
Children and young people's emotional wellbeing flowchart
Information if you are concerned about a child or young person's thoughts, feelings or behaviour.
Emotional wellbeing support for primary-aged children
Advice and guidance to support primary-aged children during Covid-19
Practical and emotional support following bereavement
Advice and guidance for schools and young people following a bereavement, including the death of a child
Emotional wellbeing support for young people
Reintegrating back to school life can be a challenge at any time but that demand is even higher during the current climate of uncertainty. Here are resources to support young people, and support conversations with young people.
Special educational needs and disability practical resources
Children and young people with SEND may experience a number of difficulties and challenges during this time. Here is useful advice and guidance to support young people with SEND.
Emotional wellbeing support for parents and carers
Useful advice and guidance to help schools support parents and carers.
Emotional wellbeing advice, guidance and support for highly anxious pupils
Resources and guidance to support highly anxious pupils both remotely and during the reintegration to school.
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