Mental Health First Aid

At EWS we are passionate about the mental health of our students and staff.  To help support Team EWS, we have established a Mental Health team on our North and South campuses.

North Campus

Designated Mental Health Lead: Miss Kelly Mitchell

Mental Health First Aider: Mrs Pauline Hardingham

South Campus

Designated Mental Health Lead: Mrs Charlotte Low

Mental Health First Aider: Miss Roxy Flynn

The purpose of the Mental Health team is to promote good mental health and emotional wellbeing as well as striving to achieve a culture of talking about how we feel and remove the stigma surrounding mental health.  We are developing a whole school approach as well as teaching our students about mental health and wellbeing through a programme of PSHE. 

The team are not trained medical professionals but we will seek to help and support students by identifying emerging mental health needs as well as making referrals to specialist mental health services.

There are also some fantastic free services that you can connect with outside of school hours such as:

Supporting Wellbeing - Helplines

We believe that in these unprecedented times, it is extremely important that students’ and parents’ wellbeing continues to be supported by the school. Listed below is a comprehensive list of charities and websites that we hope will be useful. Many of these sites are offering specific information on how coronavirus may have an impact on particular mental and physical health issues. 

Please look after yourselves, and each other. Remember you are not alone; we are here to support you.

Student Helplines

Anxiety UK (for help, resources and information on anxiety) 

www.anxietyuk.org.uk 

 

Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health  (for help, resources and information)

https://www.acamh.org/learning/ 

 

Babble Carers (online community for young carers)

www.babble.carers.org 

 

B-eat (for help, resources and information on eating disorders)

https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk

 

Be Mindful (for mindfulness/meditation/calming tools) 

www.bemindful.co.uk

 

Bullying (practical information and advice)

www.bullying.co.uk 

 

Calm (charity aiming to help men’s mental health) 

https://www.thecalmzone.net/ or call 0800 58 58 58

 

Carers UK (information and advice for carers of all ages)

www.carersuk.org or call 0808 808 777 

 

Childline (free and confidential helpline providing telephone counselling for any child with a problem)

www.childline.org.uk or call 0800 1111

 

Children’s Society (help, blogs and resources on current issues for children and families)

https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk  

 

Childhood Bereavement Network (information and resources to support bereavement) 

www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk

 

Grief Encounter (support and online counselling for people experiencing bereavement)

www.griefencounter.co.uk or call 0808 802 0111

 

Hope Again (helping young people come to terms with bereavement and to deal with their feelings)

www.hopeagain.org.uk 

 

Kidscape (information and advice on all types of bullying)

www.kidscape.org.uk or call 08451 205 204

 

National Centre for Eating Disorders (confidential counselling service for people with eating disorders)

www.Eating-disorders.org.uk or call 0845 838 2040

 

National Self-Harm Network (support for people who self-harm to find support and alternatives)

www.nshn.co.uk 

 

Papyrus (helpline for young people) 

www.papyrus-uk.org or call 0800 068 41 41

 

Place2Be (issue specific resources/helplines)

www.Place2be.org.uk 

 

Royal College of Psychiatrists (resources on mental health)

www.rcpsych.ac.uk 

 

Samaritans (helpline providing assistance for anyone struggling/distressed) 

www.samaritans.org or call 116123

 

Selfharm.co.uk (a safe place to talk and get advice)

www.selfharm.co.uk 

 

Student Listeners (Cranbrook School’s student peer listening service) 

www.studentlisteners.com

 

Switchboard (lgbt+ advice and mental health hotline) 

www.switchboard.lgbt or call 0300 330 0630

 

The Mix (resources and online support on sex, relationships, drugs, mental health, money and jobs) 

https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support 

 

Think You Know (online safety advice for students)

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk 

 

Young Minds (young people’s mental health charity) 

www.youngminds.org.uk 

 

Youth Access (information and advice for 12-25 year olds)

www.youthaccess.co.uk 

 

Youth 2 Youth (confidential and anonymous support via helpline and online chat)

www.youth2youth.co.uk or call 020 8896 3675

 

Winstons’s Wish (online support and information on dealing with bereavement) 

www.winstonswish.org or call 08088 020 021

 

7 Cups of Tea (online counselling service) 

www.7cups.com 

 

Useful Apps

Headspace – Everyday mindfulness and meditation for stress, anxiety, sleep, focus, fitness  

Calm Harm – A free app to help teenagers manage self-harm

Mee Two – regulated, confidential app for teenagers to, safely, discuss their worries

Calm – For meditation and sleep

 

Parent Helplines

In addition to all the above sites, the following charities have support and resources specifically aimed at parents. 

 

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (information on how to access private and NHS therapists)

www.bacp.co.uk or call 01455 883 300

 

The Counselling Directory (regulated directory of private therapists) 

www.counselling-directory.org.uk

 

F.E.A.S.T (for help, resources and information aimed at parents on eating disorders)

https://www.feast-ed.org/family-guide-series/

 

NSPCC (helpline for adults concerned about a young person, as well as help for families overcoming abuse)

www.nspcc.org.uk or call 0800 800 5000

 

Mind (support for adults and parents experiencing mental health problems)

www.mind.org.uk or call 0300 123 3393

 

Sane (emotional support for anyone affected by mental health problems)

www.sane.org.uk or call 0845 767 8000

 

Think You Know (online safety advice for parents)  

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents 

 

Young Minds (help and resources for parents on a wide range of mental health issues) 

www.youngminds.org.uk or call the parents helpline 0808 802