At Icknield we take great pride in the provision we have available to support students with maintaining good mental health. We recognise that mental health concerns are on the rise in young people and have responded to this need by investing considerably in our mental health provision.
At the heart of our mental health support provision is SISPO where counselling services are available.
SISPO offer drop-in sessions for students at break and lunch times, counselling sessions on a referral basis (students can refer themselves) and support for students with ongoing difficulties including bereavement and issues with peers.
Our ability to offer a large number of professional counselling sessions each week and reach a wide range of students with these is a real benefit to our student body who are able to seek support for both shorter term issues such as friendship conflicts but also longer term issues such as anxiety or bereavement.
All our staff are fully trained Mental Health First Aiders; we have a fully trained counsellor, qualified social worker and family worker, as such we can respond effectively to any crisis our students may suffer such as last minute exam nerves.
To raise the profile of mental health across the school, we have tutor time and assemblies, the aim is to remove the stigma which can be associated with experiencing mental health issues and raise awareness of mental health and the help we have available to our students.
Throughout our PSHE provision covers the promotion of good mental health and resilience. The purpose of these sessions is to educate and equip students with the tools they need to progress through school and cope with the stresses and strains of modern school life and beyond.
In other mental health news, we are regularly updating students about where to get help if they need it.
Signposts - Where you can get help
For any emergency when you cannot talk, call 999 then press 55
The 999 emergency service has an additional service called Silent Solutions for times when you need emergency help, but cannot speak. The service works in the same way as calling 999. When the operator asks which emergency service you require, if you don’t say anything they will ask you to cough or make another noise like a tap on the handset. If it’s too risky to do this (for example, if you are hiding from an attacker), the operator will ask you to dial 55. This will then alert them to the fact that no, you haven’t called 999 accidentally – and yes, you need urgent help. The system tracks your location using GPS and sends help.
FREE confidential support in a crisis 24/7.
Call FREE 116 123. Calls cannot be traced.
24/7 counselling service for children and young people.
T: 0800 1111
Mental Health Support
MIND BLMK Wellbeing Centre
46-56 Dumfris Street, Luton, Beds LU1 5BP T:01582 380002
Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health Wellbeing Services
Charter House, Alma Street, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 2PJ T: 01582 708999
Offers emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems. It also provides an online support forum. T: 0300 304 7000 www.sane.org.uk
Offers a confidential helpline and support service for parents and carers worried about
young people up to the age of 25.
T: 0808 802 5544
A project dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self-harm, providing a safe space to talk and discuss, get advice and help. There is also an online support group.
A national organisation that supports girls and women affected by self-injury or self-harm. It has a helpline and TESS text service for girls and young women up to 24 years old.
T: 0808 800 8088 TESS Text: 0780 047 2908 www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk
A user-led organisation providing a range of services including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self-harm, as well as their friends and families.
Cruse Bereavement Care Bedfordshire
Promotes the wellbeing of bereaved people and enables anyone suffering bereavement to understand their grief and cope with their loss. There is a 24-hour answerphone facility to leave an out of hours message in confidence.
Helpline: 0808 808 1677
SOBS (Survivors Of Bereavement By Suicide)
The only national charity providing dedicated support to adults who have been bereaved by suicide. The charity is run by 150 volunteers, nearly all have been touched by suicide which enables them to directly connect with others experiencing bereavement by suicide.
National helpline: 0300 111 5065
T: 01525 863924