Just Talk is a Hertfordshire scheme encouraging our young people to show strength through talking about their mental health. Their website contains information for young people and their parents and carers. Just Talk Week takes place from 21-27 November 2022 and is a week-long campaign to help spread messages about the importance of talking about how we feel.
Just Talk have also produced a flyer with links to many different sources of mental health and wellbeing information. You can download the flyer here: Just Talk Flyer.pdf
Please also remind your sons that we have Sixth Form Just Talk ambassadors available, and an email address:
firstname.lastname@example.org Boys can email for advice at any time.
NHS Talking Therapies (16+)
Togetherall is a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing. https://togetherall.com/en-gb/
Local Hitchin charity Phase have launched their Renew programme, a series of short development sessions that you can do when and how best suits you. The programme has three key parts and aims to help you renew and restore you and others to develop your mental health and wellbeing. Each session should take no more that 30 minutes and there is a specific webpage for each one to make it easier to focus, engage and renew. More information via this link: https://phase-hitchin.org/blog/renew
Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living
Parents who would like to are able to access a weekly drop in mindfulness session on Mondays at 1pm which is run via Zoom. This is open to anyone regardless of previous experience: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrd-CtrjgjdmrZ4Ts9_OvlGisfneK4sg
Mental health resources for children, parents, carers and school staff
To mark Children’s Mental Health Week, the Department for Education have put together some useful links and sources of support so that children, parents, carers, and school staff can get the advice and help they need. The information can be found here.
EduSafe offer a bank of online resources written by experts that provide information and extra support. https://www.educare.co.uk/edusafe-cyp
The Anna Freud Centre have published strategies to help young people manage their mental health and wellbeing. You can access the resources here.
New resources from the British Red Cross to tackle loneliness
The coronavirus crisis has left many of us experiencing increased feelings of loneliness and isolation. Anyone can feel lonely, but the British Red Cross’s research with the Co-op shows that loneliness can badly affect young people. They have created some brand-new resources as part of the programme, designed to help develop understanding of loneliness and build confidence, coping skills and connections. The resources can be accessed on their website here:
- Coronavirus mental health and wellbeing resources
- Healthy Hub North Herts Wellbeing Support
- Bereavement charity Stand-by-Me offers information, advice and support to help children, young people and their families living in North Hertfordshire & Stevenage understand and manage their grief.
- Website: http://www.stand-by-me.org.uk/
Is the term used in Hertfordshire for services that work together to support families who need extra help. These are also known as early help services. If you need more help than your usual support network - for example your health visitor, school, doctor or family centre - they can work with you and your family to create a package of support. Families First is available to all Hertfordshire families with children under 18 (25 if they have a learning need or disability). More information including how to get help can be found on their website https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/microsites/families-first/families-first.aspx