Local Directory of Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Resources
To access a searchable local directly of Buckinghamshire organisations which support wellbeing in school communities based on the principles of social scaffolding, as shared in the DfE Wellbeing for Education training offered to all Buckinghamshire schools, please click here. Buckinghamshire Wellbeing Resources | Connecting Bucks Schools.)
Bucks 24/7 mental health helpline
If you need to speak to someone, the new Bucks 24/7 Mental Health Helpline is a great place to start. Trained advisers can talk with you to find out what you need help with and refer you to the best support to help you feel better. There are separate numbers so for adults call 0800 783 0119 and for children and young people call 0800 783 0121.
Public Health England Resources for school staff wellbeing
COVID-19 is having an ongoing impact on our work and personal lives. Maintaining and promoting staff wellbeing is especially important during challenging times such as this. There are a lot of resources available for promoting staff wellbeing, including specifically for staff working in the Education sector. This Public Health England document aims to signpost and provide quick links to some of the support that is available. The list is not exhaustive, and many other useful organisations and services exist, but it is hoped that the links below will help to navigate you to key resources.
Mental health resources
To talk about your feelings you can also contact a GP or one of the local support organisations including:
- NHS One You – Every Mind Matters - https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou then click on 'Every Mind Matters'
- Samaritans – www.samaritans.org 116 123 (24 hours) Shout (free 24/7 text service) Text Shout to 85258
- Healthy Minds Bucks oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/healthyminds
- CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) www.thecalmzone.net 0800 585 858 (7 days a week 5pm-midnight)
- MIND www.mind.org.uk 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri 9am-6pm)
- PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide) – www.papyrus-uk.org 08000 684 141 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm + 7pm-10pm, weekends 2pm-5pm)
- Youth Concern - http://www.youthconcern.org.uk01296 431 183
- Kooth (online support for young people) - https://www.kooth.com/
- Young Minds - https://youngminds.org.uk/
- Childline (national agency) -www.childline.org.uk
- Time to Change (national agency) -www.timetochange.org.uk
- Time to Change Bucks (local agency) www.timetochangebucks.org.uk
- Buckinghamshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - 01865 901 951
- Buckinghamshire Adult Mental Health Services - 01865 901 600
If you have concerns that you or someone you know is about to act on suicidal thoughts call 111 or 999, or go to the nearest Accident and Emergency Department. In Buckinghamshire this is at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
There is further information and advice, including support for people bereaved by suicide, on the Buckinghamshire Mind website.
Public Health England Partnerships Campaign - Make Inside Feel Better
COVID-19 has impacted the whole country; for almost everyone, life has had to change fundamentally. Research shows that since the start of the pandemic there has been an increase in a range of mental health conditions for adults, from low wellbeing, sleep problems and anxiety to depression.
But there are things that people can do to support their mental health and wellbeing at this time.
On 18 January Public Health England will launch the Better Health - Every Mind Matters campaign to support the nation’s mental wellbeing with the encouragement that “When things aren’t so good out there, make inside feel better”. Aimed at adults, but weighted towards those most at risk of mental health problems, this “Make Inside Feel Better” 2021 phase of the campaign will run across across PR, radio, social and digital. The key message will be to encourage people to create a free NHS-approved 'Mind Plan'
The partner resources will include a range of materials that will direct to the Mind Plan tool and drive to Every Mind Matters content on NHS.UK
The campaign is being supported by the NHS, local authorities and a range of mental health charities, health organisations as well as other charities and commercial sector partners.
The Every Mind Matters platform has been continuously updated to support people during the COVID-19 outbreak, and has a COVID-19 hub that includes tips and support on how to deal with change, cope with money worries and job uncertainty and how to look after your mental wellbeing while staying at home. It also includes practical tips and videos from experts on dealing with stress and anxiety, boosting your mood, sleeping better and what you can do to help others – including advice for parents and for children and young people.
Let’s all help “make inside feel better”
State of the nation 2020: children and young people’s wellbeing report
The government’s state of the nation report brings together a range of published data to help the government, schools and colleges, public services and parents better understand children and young people’s experiences of the pandemic and the continued support that will be needed to ensure that recovery is maintained.
It suggests that returning to school or college is likely to be playing a vital role in improving the mental wellbeing of many pupils by easing some of the main worries identified in the research.
- time off from education
- being isolated from friends
- fewer opportunities to be more physically active
- providing access to pastoral support
State of the nation report (via Gov.uk)