Mental Health and Wellbeing at The Telford Park School
At The Telford Park School, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and student body. We pursue this aim using both universal and whole-school approaches aimed at vulnerable students.
In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill-health. In an average classroom, three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. By developing and implementing practical, relevant, and effective mental health policies and procedures, we can promote a safe and stable environment for students affected both directly and indirectly by mental ill-health. At The Telford Park School, we teach about mental health through our PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) and SRE (Sex and Relationship Education) curriculum.
We endeavour to ensure our students, staff, and parents are aware of the resources available within the school and our local community. We believe if we highlight sources of support, we will increase the chances of students help-seeking by ensuring students understand.
If you feel that you need additional mental health support, we encourage you to reach out to our dedicated members of staff. School staff will always be available to help students in need of support.
Not all students are brave enough to talk directly to members of staff.
Email us at Parkwellbeing@taw.org.uk if you need extra help but are worried about whom to ask.
Designated Mental Health Lead: Mr T.Ward
Qualified Mental Health First Aiders:
Mrs T.Ward (Whole School)
Mr M.Clark (Whole School)
Mrs H.Cornish (Whole School)
Mrs A.Barton (Y7 SSO)
Mrs S.Barton (Y8 SSO)
Mrs K.Watson (Y9 SSO)
Miss L.Marsh (Y11 SSO)
Below, we have sign-posted information and guidance about the issues most commonly seen in school-aged children. The links will take you through to the most relevant page of the listed website. Some pages are aimed primarily at parents, but they are listed here because we think they are useful for students and school staff too. Please email us at Parkwellbeing@taw.org.uk if you need further information.
Impartial advice, information, guidance and support on a full range of children's services available across the borough including childcare, activities, school admissions and finance. https://www.familyconnecttelford.co.uk
The most useful children and family support is that which helps families to stabilise and improve their own situation through primary prevention approaches at the earliest time. Strengthening Families provide local services for families with children aged 0-19 through children and family centres, in a planned approach to ensure resources are targeted where they are most effective.https://www.telfordsend.org.uk/info/1/home/13/strengthening_families
PODS is a parent carer/peer led charity with staff and volunteers who have the relevant ‘real life’ experience to support families who have a child with a disability or additional need (aged 0 – 25 years).
Bee U: Bee U is the emotional health and wellbeing service for people, up to the age of 25, living in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
It is designed to help you: Cope, Get help, Get more help or Manage in a time of crisis.
Beam - BEAM is run by The Children’s Society, a national charity that works with the most vulnerable children and young people in Britain today.
Kooth: Your online mental wellbeing community Free, safe and anonymous support.
I can 2: ican2 is the umbrella term for the Short Breaks programme for children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs who live in Telford and Wrekin. https://www.telfordsend.org.uk/homepage/9/ican2
Challenging Perceptions exists to Challenge Perceptions.
We aim to empower young adults to explore and address mental health issues and wellbeing. To do so, we will enable members of our communities to improve their lives by coming together and supporting each other to grow in confidence and engage in opportunities. https://www.cptelford.co.uk/
Beat: Beat provides Helplines for adults and young people offering support and information about eating disorders. These Helplines are free to call from all phones. https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/
We provide a free, confidential counselling service for young people attending secondary school, and adults who care for and support young people. We offer a safe and supportive environment with a team of counsellors. https://www.youthlineuk.com/
We’re the UK's largest provider of relationship support, and last year we helped over two million people of all ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities to strengthen their relationships. Find out more about what we do and how we can help you here. https://www.relate.org.uk/
Every day, Samaritans volunteers respond to around 10,000 calls for help.
We’re here, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.
Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, we’re taking action to prevent the crisis. https://www.samaritans.org/
We're the UK's leading children’s charity. We’ve been looking out for children for over 130 years. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
We want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what. https://youngminds.org.uk/
Resources for those bereaved or affected by suicide
Please find below a link to some local and national resources that can be used for supporting those bereaved by suicide and which supports the recently published national suicide bereavement report by Suicide Bereavement UK. In addition for your interest is a link to a discussion about the report on BBC News, raising awareness of the difficulties those bereaved or affected by suicide face and level of unmet need – please feel free to share with your networks:
Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.
PRISM was set up to support people in Telford and Wrekin and surrounding areas access bereavement support. PRISM Community Support Services offers adults, children and young people (aged 5 – 18 years) the opportunity to process their grief by providing a safe, quiet space to cry, talk openly or to just sit and be with someone who can empathise with them. https://prismcommunityservices.org.uk/about/
Link to key resources for those bereaved or affected by suicide: https://suicidebereavementuk.com/key-resources/
Link to the national suicide bereavement report: https://suicidebereavementuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/From-Grief-to-Hope-Report.pdf