Mental Health Awareness Week 9-15th May 2022
Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago. Each year the Foundation continues to set the theme, organise and host the week. The event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally.
Painsley are celebrating the week with a specifically designed Emmaus programme to promote the key theme “Loneliness”.
Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this.
Support for children and young people
Shout 85258 – a free, confidential, 24/7 text-messaging support service.
Support for school staff
Education Support – Education Support provides mental health and wellbeing support to teachers and education staff in schools, colleges and universities. Call free on 08000 562 561 to speak to a qualified counsellor. They will offer you immediate, confidential emotional support.
Support for parents and caregivers
Young Mind’s Parent Helpline and Webchat provides advice and support for parents and caregivers who are worried about a child or young person.
Wellbeing Award for Schools
Main Objectives of the Wellbeing award
Have systems and external partnerships in place to support different types of emotional and mental health needs.
Work with the whole school community to support emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Ensure that emotional wellbeing and mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
Commit to high-quality, ongoing professional development on emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Actively promote emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Vision and Strategy
Commit to a clear vision and strategy of how the school will promote and protect emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Signs of Stress
Possible warning signs include:
- Physical signs of harm that are repeated or appear non-accidental
- Changes in eating or sleeping habits
- Increased isolation from friends or family, becoming socially withdrawn
- Changes in activity and mood
- Lowering of academic achievement
- Talking or joking about self-harm or suicide
- Abusing drugs or alcohol
- Expressing feelings of failure, uselessness or loss of hope
- Changes in clothing – e.g. long sleeves in warm weather
- Secretive behaviour
- Skipping PE or getting changed secretively
- Lateness to or absence from school
- Repeated physical pain or nausea with no evident cause
- An increase in lateness or absenteeism
Mission Statement link to Wellbeing
www.getselfhelp.co.uk (CBT self-help site)
Suicide support organisations
www.cwmt.org.uk (Charlie Walker Memorial Trust)
www.iris-initiative.org.uk (Imitative to reduce the impact of schizophrenia)
www.voicecollective.co.uk (peer support)