At King's Academy Ringmer, we take mental health & wellbeing very seriously. We have the Student Wellbeing Ambassador Programme, up to 35 students are trained to be wellbeing experts & restorative peer mentors (RPM) so that they can support some of our more vulnerable students. We are fully committed to supporting the emotional health & wellbeing of our students & staff and strongly believe that positive mental health is everyone's responsibility & that we all have an important part to play in order to maintain & improve our own & others mental wellbeing.
Our wellbeing motto is "be yourself" We encourage all our students to be individuals & provide them with the tools & resources to be able to achieve this.
We aim to deliver our programme in the following ways:
Universal Support - To meet the needs of all our students through regular assemblies, PSHE lessons, MHEW themes throughout the year (Time to talk day) & through the ethos of the school & wider community.
Additional Support - Some students may require additional support which may involve a 1.1 conversation with their tutor or our lead mental health. They may need a peer mentor for a short period of time, support from one of our wellbeing ambassadors or one of our small group interventions which are led by our teaching assistants & our mental health lead. Until the matter is resolved.
Targeted Support - Some students may need more differentiated support such as 1.1 interventions with our mental health lead, referral to our school nurse, CAMHS or other specific professional support.
Information for students:
Staying Safe Online:
NSPCC reporting abuse in education helpline- Children and young people facing social media posts Facing unwanted sexual behaviour or harassment whilst at King’s Academy Ringmer is never ok. You don't have to face it alone.Talk to an adult you trust. Or, for advice and support, call the new dedicated NSPCC helpline on 0800 136 663. It's free and you don't have to say who you are.
www.bbc.com/ownit - an app that helps you make the right choices when online & on social media & it has loads more useful stuff too!
E-wellbeing (YMCA) - e-wellbeing.co.uk - is an NHS approved digital wellbeing service, and it provides advice, support and a clear pathway to local services in Sussex for any person in need of mental health support
Eating disorder resources:
calmharm.co.uk - Calm harm app
thesleepcharity.org.uk/information-support/children/ Useful tips to help you sleep better
Winston’s Wish – https://www.winstonswish.org
The Seahorse Project - short-term bereavement-focused counselling - https://www.stwhospice.org/our-care/family-services/seahorse-project/#:~:text=We%20offer%20short%2Dterm%20bereavement,experience%20strong%20or%20mixed%20feelings.
LGBTU community support:
Allsorts Youth Project listens to, supports & connects children & young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation & or gender identity .
Information, help and support for parents:
Keeping communication open & fluid with parents/carers is the key to success. As part of our Whole School Approach, it is essential that we continue to engage with parents & the local community. We want to empower our community to voice their ideas & opinions. Such engagement has been shown to improve not only a child's wellbeing but also their academic success
School Health Service Website is dedicated to children and young people's health in East Sussex www.eastsussexchildren.nhs.uk
With everything in one place, you will find details about School Health services plus information about health topics from emotional and physical health and wellbeing to speech and language therapy, equipment for physical disabilities and training and support for East Sussex healthy schools.The dedicated areas for children and young people, parents and carers and schools and professionals, mean there really is something for everyone.
www.openforparents.org.uk parenting advice line Thursdays 11 - 1pm
www.educare.co.uk/edusafe-pc EduSafe® is a bank of free online resources written by experts that gives key information about important topics, signs to look for and where to go for extra support
www.time-to-change.org.uk/ support with Mental Health
The Young Minds Parents Helpline can be contacted on 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk (access live chat Monday - Friday, 3pm - 10pm)
LGBTU community support:
Here at King's Academy Ringmer, we are determined to build an educational environment which is welcoming to all students through our inclusive policies & nurturing practices. Our overall aim is for every student to be fully accepted without exceptions.
For additional information, please see below:
Allsorts Youth Project listens to, supports & connects children & young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation & or gender identity.