Well-being Information for Parents
This page is intended to support parents and carers if they want to find sources of information or advice relating to well-being. If you have concerns or are worried about your child's well-being, please contact the relevant student advisor at school who will be able to discuss the matter with you.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2018
Mental health awareness week starts every year on the second Monday in May - in 2018 from 14 - 20 May.
This year for Mental Health Awareness Week, The Mental Health Foundation is focusing on stress. Stress has become a marketing tool, often used to sell us things. They want to show that Stress is a serious condition that can also be a root factor in many other serious mental health problems.
The Well-being Team
Student Advisor 7-9 - Mrs Court
Student Advisor 9-11 - Mrs Ayling
Student Advisor 12-13 - Mrs Camporo
School Nurse - Mrs Shewan
Resilience Strategy - Ms Acosta
Director of Sixth Form - Mr Barker (AHT/DSL)
Well-being Strategy - Mr Fitt (DHT/DSL)
Chair of Governors & Safeguarding - Mrs Sally Dyson (Contact through Main Office).
Useful Links for Parents
These links will take you outside the TGS website. Inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement or approval by TGS of the linked website, its operator or its content nor is TGS responsible for the content of any website or web page outside of our own. We will make reasonable efforts to ensure the content available on linked websites is not defamatory or offensive.
We have reviewed a wide range of websites for parents that give information and advice relating to all aspects of safeguarding. There are hundreds of sites available on the internet aimed at parents and we hope that our review and recommendations will help save time, should you wish to find some reliable and up-to-date details on a particular issue.
The sites are outlined on the document:
- Beatbullying has information for parents to recognise the signs of bullying; be able to help and support children through the problems they are having and what the best ways are to broach the subject of bullying with them.
Mental Health & Stress
- www.liveitwell.org.uk has been set up by people working in the voluntary and statutory sector in Kent and Medway. It has been designed as a source of information, help and guidance. It aims to promote wellbeing and better mental health in Kent and Medway for all and to help people connect with their local communities. It has useful contact details such as access to free counselling.
- Young Minds offer information, advice and a helpline for parents.
- SAFE is a youth-led project, which aims to raise awareness of mental health. They operate a 'SAFE SPACE' in school to offer peer support.
- SelfHarm.co.uk is run by young people's charity. Includes lots of useful info for parents and for young people who self-harm.
- healthtalk.org and the University of Oxford have created a new online resource to help parents of young people who self-harm. Researchers from the university’s Department of Psychiatry have travelled all over the UK to interview 39 parents in their own homes, to find out what it’s really like to have a child who self-harms. The research has been made into a detailed resource for other parents and carers in the same situation, with video clips from the interviews. You can find out more by visiting the website: http://www.healthtalk.org/peoples-experiences/mental-health/self-harm-parents-experiences/topics
Self-harm - a free online course that provides information on how to sensitively talk to your child about self-harm and tactics for increasing mental resilience. Launch the course by clicking the image below:
- Beat provides helplines, online support and a network of UK-wide self-help groups to help adults and young people in the UK beat their eating disorders.
- The Tonbridge and West Kent Eating Disorders Support Group For Carers is a self-help group run by and for carers.
- Kent Police offer useful advice for students when travelling to school.
- Kent Road Safety offers links to safety campaigns for pedestrians.
Alcohol and Drug Awareness
- Kenward Trust offers a full range of support and intervention services. They also regularly contribute to our delivery of PSHE in school.
- Alcohol Education Trust is an excellent site that gives advice and guidance for parents and young people.
- Talk about Alcohol gives parents and young people the facts about alcohol - what it is, what it does, and what the laws are.
- Download the Talking to Your Kids About Alcohol leaflet.
- Family Lives offers a wide range of advice for parents of teenagers.
Slideaway gives children access to a bereavement support service, which acknowledges their grief and experience of loss following the death of a close relative or friend.
COUNSELLING DIRECTORY is a nationwide database of counsellors and psychotherapists who are members of a recognised professional body.
PLEASE NOTE: The link will take you outside the TGS website. Inclusion of this directory does not imply endorsement or approval of any particular counsellor by TGS.
If you opt to see a counsellor/psychotherapist, please make sure that you ask to view a copy of their relevant qualifications, as well as up-to-date insurance and professional body membership(s) before your first session. We strongly recommend that you do take the necessary steps to verify this information, as we will not be held responsible for any false information.
Classes are offered to students in Year 10 to help them develop mindfulness as a life skill.
Students use it to:
- Feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled
- Get on better with others
- Help them concentrate and learn better
- Help them cope with stress and anxiety
- Perform better in music and sport
Tonbridge Grammar School follows the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers’ Good practice guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses.
MINDFULNESS AUDIO TRACKS
These exercises are available online as downloadable audio tracks and vary in length from 3 minutes to 25 minutes. Listening to the guided mindfulness exercises is the easiest way most people practise mindfulness as beginners.
The School Nurse supports the school in promoting and protecting health and wellbeing. School nurses are qualified nurses, with specialist training in public health.
Provision by the School Nurse includes school-based support for individual pupils and extra support for families needing more help where there is a health concern or long term condition. The school nurse can provide health education/promotion and confidential support, advice and signposting for emotional health and wellbeing, puberty and growing up, healthy eating, lifestyle and sexual health.
All students have access to the School medical room for assessment and/or treatment of minor illness and injuries that occur during the school day. There are also a number of qualified first aiders available throughout the School to assist students.
The Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust is currently responsible for providing routine school-age immunisations and they visit the School to provide the following:
· Year 8 - Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme.
· Year 9 or 10 – Tetanus/diphtheria/polio (Td/IPV) booster and the meningitis ACWY vaccine.
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust also provide a county wide School Nursing Service. If students or parents have a problem or concern they wish to discuss in confidence they can contact a member of this team, who are also available during school holidays.
Phone: 0300 123 4496