At Archbishop Temple Church of England High School, we consider a child’s Mental Health and Wellbeing of paramount importance and will offer support to any children or families who are affected by these issues. 

In October 2023, we were awarded the School Mental Health Award by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools in recognition of our outstanding work in making a difference to pupils’ lives through supporting their mental health and wellbeing. 

The Department for Education recognises the direct link between positive mental health in schools and successful educational outcomes; the Mental Health Award for Schools builds on this link and provides a framework for educational institutions to evidence policies and initiatives that work towards improving emotional health and wellbeing for both staff and pupils.

If you feel your child does need support in school, please contact Mrs Bridges in the first instance, and we will be able to discuss with you any issues you feel are important to you and your family.

School Nursing Team


Parents and carers of children aged 5-19 in our area can send a message, anonymously if they wish, to the School Nursing Team to get confidential help and advice about a range of health concerns, including health, sexual health, relationships, alcohol and drugs and bullying. This joins our ChatHealth text messaging service which is for young people aged 11-19 years.

 

Further information about the service can be found at https://lancsyoungpeoplefamilyservice.co.uk/school-nursing/ or go to www.chathealth.nhs.uk  to start a chat with the local messaging service. 

The messaging service will be available Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays from 9am to 5pm When a message is sent to the dedicated number (07312263554) an automated reply confirms the message has been received. A trained healthcare professional will reply to the message during office hours within 24 working hours at most. This is not an emergency service. Urgent help should be sought from an NHS walk-in centre or by calling NHS 111. In an emergency, dial 999 or go to A&E.

Lancashire ParentLine

The Lancashire ParentLine messaging service will be run by HCRG Care Group and powered by the award-winning messaging platform, ChatHealth, which has been widely implemented at several NHS Trusts and healthcare organisations across the UK. It was developed by 2013 by an NHS Trust to offer more choice in how people can get help from local trained health staff in their area. In other areas where it is used young people say they feel more comfortable talking about their issues in a discreet message, whilst parents and carers say messaging is more convenient way to ask quick questions. 

The following digital leaflets for Chat Health, for young people aged 11-19 years old, and Lancashire ParentLine, for parents of 5-19 years, contain further information. 

The Lancashire ParentLine messaging service

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We recognise, however, that not all parents are aware of where to turn if they feel their child may have Mental Health issues and so we offer the following as places to find information should you need to do so.

Link: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/parent/

As exam season approaches, here are two useful websites for pupils and parents and carers from YoungMinds.
https://www.youngminds.org.uk/parent/blog/how-to-help-your-child-manage-exam-stress/
https://www.youngminds.org.uk/young-person/coping-with-life/exam-stress/

Parents may find this link from Young Minds helpful, by answering 6 questions you can get advice about how to help your child if they are struggling with their mental health:

https://youngminds.org.uk/supporting-parents-helpfinder/

Parenting Smart offers practical advice for parents and carers of children. All of our content is created by Place2Be's parenting experts. It's based on evidence and their experiences working with children, young people and their families.

https://parentingsmart.place2be.org.uk/

Pupils may find Kooth helpful. Kooth is a free, web based, confidential support service funded by the CCG in Lancashire. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people aged 10 - 16.

www.kooth.com/

Kooth resources

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The Mind website offers lots of information for young people aged 11-18 on mental health and wellbeing. 

https://www.mind.org.uk/for-young-people/

Uncover the path to a more positive relationship with food and your body with Be Body Positive. Your new go-to destination for information and resources on disordered eating, body image and an introduction to feeding/eating disorders. You’ll find…

Evidence-based coping strategies
Stories and experiences
Quizzes and games
And so much more!

The content is designed by a team of experts and tested by young people. Be Body Positive provides the support and guidance you need to overcome challenges around eating, body image and self-care.

https://bebodypositive.org.uk/

The Lily Jo Project offers lots of helpful tips and resources for parents and carers to support children and families with mental health.

Mrs Bridges, Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead