Mental Health and Well-being Awareness At Roxton CE Academy
We aim to promote positive mental health and well-being for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers), and recognise how important mental health and emotional well-being is to our lives in just the same way as physical health. We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall well-being and can affect their learning and achievement.
If you would like support and guidance about how to support your child's mental health you can either talk to someone in school about any issues or concerns you have, please see your child's class teacher, Mrs Emma Dowrick (Well-being Lead, Sunflower Group Mentor and Drawing and Talking Therapist) and/ or Mrs Alison Barden (Head teacher).
Alternatively you can contact CHUMs on:
Phone: 01525 863924
Who are CHUMs?
CHUMs is a community-based Emotional Wellbeing Service commissioned by East London Foundation Trust. The service offers support to children and young people in Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Cambridgeshire with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
If you feel that your child would benefit from the support offered by CHUMs, please speak to Mrs Barden or Mrs Dowrick. Alternatively, if you would prefer families are able to self-refer by phoning the above number.
At Roxton CE Academy we work very closely with CHUMs to support the well-being of our pupils. CHUMs also run Parent Workshops at our school and they take place once a term.
OTHER USEFUL CONTACTS:
CAMH Child and Adolescent Mental Health website: http://www.camh.org.uk/index.php
Childline website: http://www.childline.org.uk/
Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families: www.annafreud.org/
Is a quiet, cosy and safe space for children and adults to talk, share their feelings and work together in groups or individually. It is a place to read, play, draw, paint or just chillax. There are weekly 30 minute Sunflower Group Sessions which focus on childrens’ emotions and focus on the technique Drawing and Talking.
Drawing and Talking is a safe and gentle therapeutic approach, which provides an effective way for children and young people (age 5 to 27) to process emotional pain or trauma they may be experiencing.
The sessions remain confidential between the child and practitioner. At the end of each session your child’s picture will put into their folder and kept safely away until the next session. At the end of all the work (12 sessions), when the child is feeling better, the folder is handed back to your child for them keep as they wish.
Drawing and Talking is not to intended to be used as a tool to ‘find out’ what is wrong or why the child behaves the way they do. It is not behaviour modification or used to fix a problem that a child has or is experiencing.
If you have any questions please contact Mrs Dowrick - Drawing and Talking Therapist.