Wellbeing

COVID-19

Please check our Wellbeing during Coronavirus page for support and guidance on mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.


We aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our student body. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable students.

At The Boulevard Academy we have a wide range of support including-

  • Class teachers
  • Deputy head of years
  • Pastoral year support
  • Targeted Wellbeing/mental health support
  • HeadStart services which aims to:

“Enable children and young people to have positive mental health and wellbeing, thrive in ‘their communities’ and to ‘bounce back’ from life’s challenges”

Please follow the link below to download their guide to see what additional services we can refer the students for.

https://www.howareyoufeeling.org.uk/young-person-services

To discuss any wellbeing issues please contact our Wellbeing team using the contact form at the bottom of this page or call The Boulevard Academy on 01482 217898 and ask for Mrs Bentley and Mrs Thackeray.


Mental Health

Our mental health is just like our physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.

The 10th October is World Mental Health Day! Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but the 10th October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing. You can find out more about World Mental Health Day here: https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/world-mental-health-day/ 

The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response during the coronavirus outbreak. On their website you can find resources to help you look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus

They are leading the way with the World Mental Health Campaign on Saturday 10th October. Find out more on their website: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day 

  • WHO TO CALL: Humber Young Peoples Urgent Mental Health 24/7 Helpline – call 01482 301701, press option 2. This helpline offers mental health support and advice for young people up to the age of 18 years in urgent need of help.  It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is also available for family members, carers and professionals who are concerned about a young person. You will speak to Call Handlers who are experienced in talking to young people and adults in distress and provide guidance to help you manage the situation and your feelings.  They  have information on all the health, social and voluntary services available to support you. They will refer to these services or make an appointment if this is needed. They may also decide you need a crisis response from our CAMHS Crisis Team.  If this is the case the CAMHS Crisis Team will contact you to agree what support you need which could include a visit to your home from one of our CAMHS Crisis Clinicians.

 

  • MIND support with downloadable resources- When you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information – about a condition, treatment options, or practical issues – is vital. Click in the link below to find out more. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/a-z-mental-health/

 

  • APPS: There is an abundance of mental health apps available for you to download and utilise. Our pastoral team recommend CalmHeadspace, and Calm Harm. The NHS has also provided a full list of mental health apps which you can access herePlease be aware that while most of these apps are free to use, some do cost to use or have in-app purchasing.

 

  • Please check with the bill payer before purchasing.

 

  • BLOGS: Mental health blogs offer support, ideas and encouragement for those that are struggling with anxiety surrounding coronavirus or managing their mental health at home. Young Minds offers a variety of blogs on various topics based on young people’s mental health. Explore more here.

Social Support

Staying connected and having a supportive community around you is key to managing your mental health. Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it is like to struggle sometimes and Elefriends can provide a safe place for you to listen, share and be heard.

Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous online support system for 11-25 year olds. It can allow users to receive one-to-one online sessions with qualified counsellors, receive and provide peer-to-peer support through moderated online forums, and read and contribute to mental health and wellbeing articles. Parental introduction letter is available here.

Have a look at the link to see the Topics being discussed in the Forums this month: October Live Forum Kooth


Parental Support

  • Parental support available – https://www.howareyoufeeling.org.uk/parents-carers
  • Parenting courses- Children don’t come with an instruction manual so when it comes to parenting, how do you know what’s best and what works? Parents do a fantastic job, but there are times when some extra support may be needed. As part of the support available to parents in Hull they following courses to help – http://www.hull.gov.uk/parentingcourses
  • Parenting guides- Gain more confidence as a parent-to-be, parent, grandparent and carer and try these free handy parenting guides full of top tips and advice. http://www.hull.gov.uk/parenting
  • YGAM – The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) is a national charity with a social purpose to inform, educate and safeguard young and vulnerable people, helping them build resilience and understand the potential harms caused by gambling and gaming. Find out more on their website or follow them on social media @YGAMuk https://parents.ygam.org/

For more information please refer to the Wellbeing Policy on our policy page.

Self-referral to WRAP is available now.


Bereavement

  • Child Bereavement: Child Bereavement UK helps children, parents and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. They support children and young people up to the age of 25 who are facing bereavement, and anyone affected by the death of a child of any age. They have a dedicated area on their site which brings together relevant guidance and information to help support young people during this challenging time.
  • Winston’s Wish: Winston’s Wish supports bereaved children, young people, their families, and the professionals who support them. They have information, advice and guidance on supporting bereaved children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak, and updated services and opening times.
  • Hope Again: Hope Again is Cruse Bereavement Care’s website for young people. Cruse is a national charity that provides support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone close to them dies. They also work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people. Their advice for parents and guardians — outlining practical ways to support your child/young person after the death of a loved one — is especially relevant at this time.
  • Grief Encounter: Grief Encounter is one of the UK’s leading bereaved child charities, providing free, pioneering services and support to bereaved children, young people and their families. During this challenging period, they will be updating their advice regularly, and using their social media channels to offer additional support with counsellor-led activity suggestions to help parents and carers support their children at home.

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