Stress, worries and pressures at school can have a huge impact on your life. We’re here to help. We can offer you emotional support if you are attending any school in Middlesbrough or an eligible school in Stockton..
Research has told us that on average 3 pupils per classroom are affected by such issues, however statistics reveal that as many as 2 in every 5 children in Teesside suffer from poor emotional health and well-being, which is higher than the national average.
Supporting Your Child During The Coronavirus
Just as adults are having to adapt to new and challenging scenarios, children are particularly vulnerable at this time. Their world has been turned upside down and the reality they knew has changed significantly.
Here are some simple things you can do to support your child:
1. Talk to them. Ask them how they’re feeling and why. Be sure to really listen to them and let them know that what they’re feeling is natural and it’s OK to be worried.
2. Keep a routine. It might be hard but making a new routine and trying to stick to it will help your child to feel safe and grounded.
3. Reassure them. Knowing that you’re there for them and hearing you tell them that life will get easier again will make a real difference.
4. Spend time together. Making time to do something fun will distract them and reduce any anxiety.
5. Keep them connected. Find new and different ways to help them connect with their friends and wider family. Social interaction will help boost their mood.
Useful resources for parents and children:
If you attend a primary or secondary school in Middlesbrough, we can offer you one-to-one sessions as well as group work. Our work is aimed at young people at risk of emotional or mental health difficulties and those with existing mild to moderate difficulties.
We can offer the same level of support in Stockton, if the school is eligible.
Group work is flexible according to the needs of the young people and the school, but mainly focuses on raising awareness of emotional well-being, building resilience and teaching coping strategies, including working on issues such as confidence and self-esteem, stress, anxiety, low mood and anger.
Emotional support is offered depending on the needs and wishes of the young person. If you feel you could benefit from having someone trusted to talk to then we can offer you the right support.
We can help with:
• Not feeling good about yourself
• Feeling anxious and worrying
• Feeling sad or depressed
• Difficulties with relationships and friendships
• Struggling to concentrate
• Feeling overwhelmed with emotions
Schools in MIND
We are pleased to also offer Schools in MIND, a paid service for any school in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees. Schools in MIND is modelled on the success of our HeadStart funded REACH programme, that worked with all schools in Middlesbrough. We offer emotional wellbeing and mental health support to children and young people between 5 -18 years of age, in schools and further educational settings across Stockton Borough Council. Only pupils attending a school that has bought into the Schools in Mind service can be referred.
One of the main issues we work with is young people moving from primary to secondary school. We understand how overwhelming it can be adjusting to a new school and making new friendships. We can help you prepare for this exciting new change in a number of ways such as group focused activities and one-to-one sessions.
As well as working through term time, we also offer opportunities in school holidays where young people can mix with other children, learn new skills and expressing how they feel.
If you need any more support for your family, please look at Family Information Service Middlesbrough which provides information and advice about the services for families in Middlesbrough.