Mental Health at Eyam
This is a page of links and useful information – do always come and chat to Mrs Gilbertson if you are worried about your child we will always try to help. The pandemic has shown us all just how vulnerable some children are and that this can also be unpredictable.
At Eyam we work closely with the Early Help team at Bakewell who can meet both parents and pupils who might need a family support worker, help with sleep or toileting, behaviour and family routines. Mrs Gilbertson can make a referral to the Early Help team.
We have pupils who are Mental Health Ambassadors who attend awareness training and can talk about being mentally healthy. They help to spread the word that we all need to consider ways to keep our minds well and that its ok not to feel fine all the time – in fact its normal to have a range of emotions and its also normal to find talking about it difficult.
We encourage the children to take time for mindfulness and relaxation activities, to keep active, to look out for each other, to listen, to get involved in activities outside school, eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water!
If it is an anxiety related concern then we are very lucky to be working with the Changing Lives Team, also run from Lady Manners in Bakewell. This support can be accessed for any family in the Cluster whether you attend LMS or HVC school. Parents can make their own referrals or you can just ring them for advice or a chat for both YOURSELF and your CHILDREN. This service is also available for staff.
What can the the Changing Lives team help with?
· Low mood
· Simple phobias
· Sleep problems
· Panic attacks
· Managing stress
· Change / transition
For older pupils www.kooth.com provides an online, free, anonymous counselling service for secondary aged children.
The Anna Freud website has a range of resources and comes recommended from the Derbyshire mental health team.
In addition Derbyshire has now compiled and is constantly updating a new website Derby and Derbyshire Emotional Health and Wellbeing is full of resources and contacts for both adults and children including training and local help.
As always please DO NOT feel you are alone – DO come and chat if things are tricky for either yourself or your family – we will always treat these conversations in the strictest confidence.