Mental Health Support for Schools
We understand that these are particularly challenging times for everyone, and particularly schools.
The mental health and wellbeing of your staff, students and parents will be critical during this current climate, and at a time where social distancing will create a barrier to the typical support and guidance schools will provide to their students.
We are here to help you and your school community during this difficult time. As well as our counselling support, advice and training, we have also produced a supporting document that you may find useful to share with parents, young people and staff about mental health support.
We have also been working hard to provide alternative support during this time and are delighted to announce that we can offer the following alternative services:
- Telephone/zoom/whatsapp counselling to parents/staff/older students
- Checking-in calls for those existing or new referrals (including parents of younger children) who are unable to have formal online/telephone counselling
- Parent/staff/student advice via above platforms or through email
- Supervision for staff
- Tailored resources for websites
- Curriculum/resource development
- Use of credits/days for other services such as training or creation of webinars. Examples of training might include:
o Access to our existing training programme for individuals – view our virtual calendar
o Tailored training for groups of staff e.g. mentoring training to help those working with vulnerable groups; Delivering Early Interventions Train The Trainer to help you design and deliver resilience programmes for those in school or as online resources;
o Webinars for staff or parents with Q&A about particular topics
We are also able to offer support over the summer regardless of whether the setting is open or not, as long as there is a safeguarding contact available. Please contact us with details of what support you would like asap.
In addition you may like to consider our digital tool that provides 24/7 self help tools for staff, students (aged 11+) and parents.
We are thinking creatively about how we can support schools during this time including online services, so if you would like to contact us to discuss your needs, please call 01733 373187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do our mental health services work?
YMCA has been supporting young people in the UK for over 150 years. During the last 35 years we have developed extensive expertise in positive mental well-being which builds on our world-leading physical health programmes. These programmes address whole setting needs through one or more of the following:
- Well-Being Audits and Consultations to understand your bespoke needs and priorities
- Training for staff and parents
- Clinical interventions for those that need support including counselling, therapy, drop-ins, mentoring and group work
- Peer support and awareness programmes
- A NHS approved 24/7 self-help app for staff and students
- Staff well-being support programmes including counselling, supervision and self-care
Our Menu of Services was designed to offer schools and partners a range of services to improve the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of young people in their care. We appreciate that this will vary between organisations, according to the demographics of young people using them. For this reason, we have arranged our services so that you can select the ingredients that will best address their needs.
Our services allow you to:
- Identify, measure and address multiple physical, psychological and emotional needs of children and young people in one comprehensive package of support
- Receive professional advice on the types of support you need, amount, and in what order
- Create a bespoke package of support tailored to your needs
- Concentrate on your curriculum or other priorities, confident that these additional priorities are being managed appropriately
- Receive information on the impact the services are making, both within your organisation, as well as across the spectrum of the YMCA Menu of Services
- Discuss particular needs even if they don’t fit with the current list of options (e.g. consultancy packages, training and other interventions).
- Develop a positive well-being culture to enable all children, young people and staff to thrive
Since its inception in April 2015, our Menu of Services programme has provided:
- Clinical interventions to almost 100 schools and 1400 children;
- Mental health training to over 3300 staff in over 500 schools
- Mental health workshops to over 1000 children and young people
- Whole school well-being consultations and improvement planning for almost 50 schools
- Almost 9000 self-help apps to 15 schools
Our reach and expertise using evidence based practice and fully qualified professionals, has enabled us to become one of the leading providers of mental health services locally, with links to statutory services creating approved status and aligning our work to local priorities and gaps in existing provision.
New for 2020/21 – Partner Reward Scheme giving you more benefits for accessing our services; including training & license discounts, free resources and webinars.
- Read Partner Reward Scheme document (232KB, PDF)
Our other mental health support pages
- 99% of schools would recommend the service and training
- 100% schools saw an overall improvement in children and young people as a result of therapeutic interventions
- 100% of schools rated the workers professionalism and knowledge as good or excellent
- 97% of staff learned more as a result of training and 98% said it was relevant to their role
“We are really impressed with the service. Our pupils showed a real change in their feelings”– Head Teacher
“I’m so grateful that you made the effort to contact the school! I’m very grateful to you for the time and effort you have put in to try and help me! A massive thank you to you”. – Parent.
“Thank you for enabling us to provide this extremely worthwhile service to our school community. Very much appreciated” – SENCO.
“Thank you for everything we have received this year so far. The counselling has been incredible and we have seen so much progress in our children.” – Deputy Head.
“I feel the sessions have been really valuable and I’ve really appreciated the feedback to school regarding the pupil which allows us to help her more, Thank you!” – Class Teacher.
“I just wanted to feedback on the group sessions that finished last week. The children have loved taking part and many parents have thanked me as they can see a real difference in their children.” – Deputy Head.
“It made me reflect on the children in my class as well as my own child & gave me the time to think of ways to encourage this within my practice. The time to discuss this with my peers was extremely valuable” – EYFS Teacher.