Stress, worries and pressures at school can have a huge impact on your life. You're not alone though, we’re here to help. We can offer you emotional and wellbeing support if you are attending any eligible school across Teesside.
Research has told us that on average three pupils per classroom are affected by such issues, however statistics reveal that as many as two in every five children in Teesside suffer from poor emotional health and wellbeing, which is higher than the national average.
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.
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 the Family Information Service Middlesbrough which provides information and advice about the services for families in Middlesbrough.
Free Art Sessions
Art has an important role to play in our wellbeing it makes us happy, creates a space to connect with others and allows us to relax helping to reduce our anxiety and worry. Art is an especially good way for children to unwind and express their emotions.
So, we're offering free art sessions for children aged 8 - 14 every Tuesday from 4 - 5:30pm in our Community Hall at Lothian Road.
Our artist will support the young people to learn new skills in lino carving and printing, designing and creating collages, book making and journaling.
The sessions will be held in a Covid safe space and socially distanced measures will be in place.
If you think your child would enjoy the sessions and benefit from the chance to learn some new skills then book a space by completing the form at the bottom of this page and then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are lots of apps, books, tools and guides that can be accessed for free. Here are just a few:
- CAHMS - resources for young people, parents and carers across a wide range of topics
- Mindshift - a free app for teens and young adults to help them cope with anxiety
- Headspace - a relaxation and meditation app with a dedicated children's section
- Worrinots - an app designed to help children cope with anxiety and worry
- The Anxious Child - this guide is designed to help parents support a child struggling with anxiety
- Issues with Self Esteem - this is a guide for young people suffering from low self esteem
We've also collated a list of books that are suitable for chilldren of various ages covering topics including anger, anxiety, autism, bereavement, bullying, depression, family, healthy living and self esteem among others. You can access the list in the download section below.