Wellbeing and Mental Health at The Stable School
We are committed to providing all our learners with rich and diverse experiences which promote their wellbeing, as well as their personal and social development.
We know that in order to secure positive outcomes for our learners, promoting and prioritising positive mental health is essential.
We are proud to work with specialists including Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Trauma Informed School Diploma Practitioners, and ELSA trained staff, to support learners’ emotional wellbeing and resilience.
We also have a school Wellbeing Lead who is there to support learners and our staff team. Our Wellbeing Champion manages a number of initiatives designed to promote a healthy and proactive environment, and to create a sense of community and belonging for all members of the school community.
These include wellbeing surveys, learner and staff wellbeing noticeboards. ‘Time to Talk’ days, yoga or other physical activity sessions, anonymous ‘Box of Worries’ and ‘Listening Ear’ initiatives, student and staff wellbeing sessions, as well as environmental and community projects.
“We know parenting isn’t always easy. Although it’s often amazing and rewarding to watch your children grow up, and to help them learn to be independent, it can also be really hard work. It can feel especially hard if your child’s mood and behaviour seem different and you’re not sure why, or what you can do to help. But you are not alone.” (Young Minds 2020)
YoungMinds offers free confidential online and telephone support to anyone worried about the emotional and mental wellbeing of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
- call the free parents’ helpine on 0808 802 5544 from 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
- email email@example.com and YoungMinds will respond to your query within 3 working days
MindEd for Families
MindEd is an online e-portal offering free, simple advice about children and young people’s mental health for all adults.
Although MindEd is aimed at professionals, parents and carers may also find the information helpful.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – Dorset
The CAMHS service helps children and young people in Dorset who are experiencing significant mental health issues, as well as their families, but there are lots of other local services and resources that can provide support if you’re worried about your child, or looking for a little advice.
Please note restricted hours may apply for some helplines. Check websites for details.
Advice and support for parents. Offers email support, online chat, Skype, local groups and more
[Tel: 080](Tel: 080 “”)8 800 2222
Help for single parents, including expert advice, information and practical support.
[Tel: 080](Tel: 080 “”)8 802 0925
Online parenting support for mums or mums to be. Offers information on local groups, as well as advice and online forums.
Information, advice and support for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and their parents/carers.
Contact A Family
Advice for families with disabled children. Can make contact with other families, and provide lots of information about different medical conditions
[Tel: 080](Tel: 080 “”)8 808 3555
Public health service that supports the health and wellbeing of residents in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset
Dorset Family Partnership Zones
Family Partnership Zones can provide family support workers for families in difficulty, but who don’t meet the social care threshold. They can also advise on the availability of other local support for Christchurch families. Professionals can refer, or families can make a request for support directly. Find out more here.
Other Useful Links
We are advocates of the NHS’s Every Mind Matters campaign and are pleased to share a number of resources below which can support in times of emotional distress or overwhelm.
- 10 Simple Stress Busters
- Calming Breathing Exercises
- Relaxation and Mindfulness Apps for your phone
- The NHS’s Anxiety Control Training audio guide
- The BBC’s help with Emotional Distress.
- NHS Mental Health Services
- The Children’s Society
- MHFA England’s Talking Tips
- MHFA’s Helpful Resources for Young People’s Mental Health