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.
Schools in MIND
Is a service that primary or secondary schools can commission in Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar and Cleveland. 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
South Tees Mental Health Support Team
Voluntary and community sector providers have formed a partnership to create the South Tees Mental Health Support Team. The partnership members include The Link, Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, The Junction, A Time 4 you, ABC, Changing Futures North East, and Redcar and Cleveland Mind.
Mental Health Support Teams will be recruited from September 2021 across South Tees to work in schools to deliver three core functions:
- Support senior mental health leads in educational settings to develop and introduce their whole school or whole college approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Deliver evidence based interventions for mild to moderate mental health and emotional wellbeing needs
- Provide timely advice to staff and liaise with external specialist services so that children and young people can get the right support and remain in education
Schools identified to be involved in this initial stage of the Mental Health Support Team are detailed in the attachment at the foot of this page. If your child does not attend one of these schools and requires support please contact us to see what support we can provide.
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.
Is your child feeling anxious or is low in mood? Maybe our Children’s Well-Being Practitioners can help.
The Children’s Well-Being Practitioners use evidence-based techniques to help your child understand what is causing them to feel this way. They then introduce strategies and skills that can help make your child feel less anxious and improve their low mood.
The Children’s Well-Being Practitioners can see children face to face in school or at our Mind offices. They can also deliver sessions remotely either over the telephone or virtually using a platform that your child is familiar with.
Please complete the Schools In Mind referral form below.
Strong Body, Healthy Mind
We're running an 8 week course with PlusBeyond for children aged 11-14.
Find out more in the download section below.
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.