Staff Mental Health

Useful links

General Advice on How to Support Students
A booklet developed with child mental health experts which aims to offer practical guidance about what secondary school staff can do to support students’ mental health, and how to help if they are concerned about a child or young person.  Topics featured include exam stress, sleep problems and eating disorders.
Advice for teachers who are teaching about mental health.  This article offers guidance regarding dealing with sensitive issues without causing distress to students who may have pre-existing mental health issues.

Looking After Your Own Wellbeing
A site with a blog which includes advice on how staff can improve their happiness and wellbeing.  The available resources include advice on wellbeing and stress, work life balance, tips for increased happiness and mindfulness.
We all lead busy lives and so it’s vital we gain control and establish some sort of order and balance.  This five minute wellbeing plan helps you to gain control and establish some sort of order and balance.  The template is a useful tool to help coordinate your wellbeing priorities.
Mind promotes the views and needs of people with mental health (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm).
CALMCALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.0800 58 58 58 (every day, 5pm to 12am).
Samaritans provides confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. 116 123 (24 hour).
PAPYRUS is the Young suicide Prevention Society 08000684141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 5pm at weekends).
Anxiety UK is a charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm).
Drinkline is a free confidential helpline for people worried about their own or someone else’s drinking. 03001231110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm).

Gamblers Anonymous is a free self-help group, for online support with gambling issues. 03300940322 (24 hour).

Wellbeing Apps
Calm Harm
Calm Harm provides tasks that help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm and it’s completely private and password protected.

Chill Panda
Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with Chill Panda.  The app measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind.  Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.

Headspace: Guided Meditation
A 10 day beginner’s course that guides you through the essentials of meditation and mindfulness.  It will give you a solid foundation on which to build your practice.

Mood Tracker, Mind Tyneside
Rate your mood and update your journal as often as you like.  Track events, activities and triggers like exercise, medication and sleep.  See how your mood changes over days, weeks and months.  Look for patterns in your mood and behaviour.

Mindshift is an app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety.  It can help you change how you think about anxiety.  Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it.