Pupil and Parent Well-being

Compass School are committed to working in partnership with pupils, parents and carers to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. This section will explore the ways we can work together to support your child’s overall wellbeing as well as information & guidance of organisations available to support you and your family.

World Mental Health Day is on the 10th October this year and has a focus on kindness.  Southampton CAMHS and Compass school are proud to be working together to celebrate this important event.  In partnership with other services across the city we will be putting a number of workshops and awareness raising.  Workshops will be pre-recorded and shared by the school to young people aimed at promoting the link between physical and mental health and providing students with strategies for managing emotions such as stress and anxiety.  Services such as No Limits, Yellow Door, Simon Says, Pop Academy and No Limits will ensuring support numbers are available for those young people who may require additional support.We have planned the workshops to be centred primarily around awareness raising and the promotion of positive mental health.   We want young people to know that there are services available to them should they need them and to have greater confidence in starting a conversation and emotions and mental health.  Our aim in promoting this openness and de-stigmatisation is for young people to feel they are able to seek help and advice early, from friends, family and trusted adults. If you have any questions about the day, or its content, please contact Sally Howells (Safeguarding, Attendance and Guidance coordinator) on 02380 215320 or sally.howells@compass-school.net 
World Mental Health day more information and links to the sessions will be shared shortly.

Useful linksWe also recognise that parents may be feeling worried about their children and unsure where to turn for their own support. 
·         Re:minds is a Southampton based parent led support group for families of children with autism or mental health issues.  They meet regularly and members from the CAMHS West team are represented at their meetings to talk on specific topics.  Re:minds can be contacted through facebook www.facebook.com/groups/reminds <http://www.facebook.com/groups/reminds> or email re.mindssouthampton@gmail.com
·         Bright Beginnings helps vulnerable young parents aged 17-25 years old to improve all aspects of their health and the health of their baby. This support is delivered by volunteer mentors who are matched with the young parents and become a trusted, reliable, knowledgeable adult in their lives. Volunteer mentors meet with you regularly and can support you with anything you’re struggling with, particularly concerning your health, your child’s health or questions you may have about being a parent. Our Bright Beginnings Mentors support you to navigate your way through processes, meetings and paperwork including those relating to your child’s health (e.g. immunisations), childcare and learning. We can advise you on the physical care of your child, help you to meet your child’s emotional health and encourage a stable, stimulating environment. Your Bright Beginnings Mentor may also encourage you to access other services to help you with your own health needs. https://nolimitshelp.org.uk/get-help/family-care/bright-beginnings/ <https://nolimitshelp.org.uk/get-help/family-care/bright-beginnings/>
·         Family Lives, who provide free, professional, non-judgemental support and advice in a way that all members of the family can access. They provide a 24 hour helpline, a really useful website, message boards, email service, live chat and parenting/relationship support groups and you can contact them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. https://www.familylives.org.uk/ <https://www.familylives.org.uk/>·         Parent Info, who provide free, high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s well-being and resilience. They cover difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’ https://parentinfo.org/ <https://parentinfo.org/>
·         Parent Support Link, who provide free advice for parents, partners, friends, brothers and sisters, or anybody who is being affected by someone else’s drug use. They offer a 24 hour support and information helpline, one-to-one support sessions and support groups. https://www.pslcharity.org.uk/ <https://www.pslcharity.org.uk/>
·         No Limits– It really helps us to have parents and carers on board, encouraging children and young people to access our services. Together we can make sure that children and young people get the help they need.If you know a child or young person who might benefit from accessing our services, please encourage them to get in touch with us, or bring them into our Advice Centre for them to talked to one of our trained youth workers. https://nolimitshelp.org.uk/get-help/family-care/support-for-families/ <https://nolimitshelp.org.uk/get-help/family-care/support-for-families/>
·         Southampton Information directory- Families– Information and support for families with children and young people aged 0-19  https://sid.southampton.gov.uk/kb5/southampton/directory/family.page?familychannel=0 <https://sid.southampton.gov.uk/kb5/southampton/directory/family.page?familychannel=0>
·         Southampton Information directory- Adult Health and wellbeing support https://sid.southampton.gov.uk/kb5/southampton/directory/newadult.page?newadultchannel=1_4 <https://sid.southampton.gov.uk/kb5/southampton/directory/newadult.page?newadultchannel=1_4>

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