Well-Being - Support for Families

Welcome to our Well-Being Hub

On this page you will find information and links to assist with your family's well-being during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Scroll down to access numerous support groups and organisations, covering a variety of topics.

During the school closure, our students can still get support through online services or by emailing our dedicated besafe email address.
The Safeguarding team also have a dedicated Safeguarding Webpage, for students, parents & carers alike, as well as an email address that can be used by students to report concerns:-

   

Support Information and Links


Remote Learning Tips • Click here for PARENT TIPS • Click here for STUDENT TIPS

School Nurse support - Continued support information during this prolonged school closure - View

Key contact telephone numbers and websites to help support Parents & Students - View

Educational Psychology Service - Parent Helpline - View

• Don't forget we remain committed to supporting our students - in addition, the majority of online support services continue as normal as possible - See our Student Support webpage.

Developing Resilience to living with COVID-19

Resilience is about taking steps to look after your wellbeing which can help you deal with pressure, and reduce the impact that stress has on your life. This is sometimes called developing emotional resilience. Resilience is not just your ability to bounce back, but also your capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances, whilst maintaining a stable mental wellbeing. Resilience is not a personality trait – it is something that we can all take steps to achieve.
You can:
• Make some lifestyle changes
• Look after your physical health
• Give yourself a break
• Develop your support network
Interested in finding out more…? To find out your keys to resilience - watch this YouTube video.

FREE - ESSEX RESILIENCE COURSE - The Essex Coronavirus Action Group have launched a course called Essex Resilience to help everyone try and cope with the added pressure and stress that the Coronavirus outbreak has brought - it will also help you identify some of the symptoms and behaviours that could mean you are being affected in this way. Using a mixture of Facebook group units and videos, that have been developed in conjunction with the Team GB Olympic Rower Jonny Searle MBE, you will also learn how to take small but important steps that could improve your physical health and mental wellbeing, even when you’re juggling working or studying from home and looking after children. You may just be struggling with the ‘new normal,’ and this completely FREE course is backed up with a Facebook group where people can connect, support each other, and exchange ideas.
Just join the Facebook: Essex Coronavirus Action Resilience Group to get started. Everything you need is inside the Facebook group. Be Kind, Stay Safe and Stay Well

Safe in Essex - Weekly Online Activities for Families - June 2020

Safe in Essex have put together a virtual weekly online programme. This is for any young people ages 13-19 across Essex that want to join in and can access this via Microsoft teams. Some of the sessions will focus on topics which may affect young people such as our drug and alcohol awareness session or our LGBTQ+ session and others are a little less topical and focus on getting you moving around or creating your masterpiece.
Safe in Essex - Weekly Online Activities for Families - June 2020 - CLICK HERE TO VIEW
Whatever that interest is, send us an email at - or for any queries and to book a place, or alternatively contact with Rebecca Joy, Service Manager for The Children’s Society on 07725 639571.

Live Well Essex

The livewell campaign is designed to engage communities, families and individuals with the aim of providing information about all that is on offer in Essex to improve health and wellbeing.
Visit their website for help and advice on numerous topics.
See their advice on Healthy Relationships - We All Have Arguments – How Do You Solve Yours?

Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service

The Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service are publishing a weekly newsletter full of helpful information to help support families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.        • Issue 2        • Issue 7
Argument Resolution Advice from the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service - View
• For further advice and guidance, please visit their Covid-19 Pandemic Resource Hub.

Essex Family Support Service

The Essex Family Support Service aims to assist families in supporting and developing their family unit.
• E-Bulletin - April 2020         • E-Bulletin - May 2020

Every Mind Matters

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of Coronavirus. You may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you. It is important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing so.
The tips and advice from the Every Mind Matters Team are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home. Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it - Mental Wellbeing While Staying At Home, Every Mind Matters, a NHS One You Resource

Do not forget that just a few easy actions can also help keep a healthy mind.
• Ensure you get some exercise each day
• Talk to someone every day - family or friends – and tell them how you feel
• Do something creative - write a story, draw, paint or read
• Balance your screen time - too many hours using phones, tablets and watching television can inhibit your sleep
• Ensure you get enough sleep to ensure that your immune system is healthy – tired bodies have lower immunity

Positive Emotional Well Being

Young Minds and UNICEF have some good ideas to help you support your children's mental health during the isolation period:
• Young Minds – Look After Your Mental Health Whilst Self Isolating
• UNICEF – How Teenagers Can Protect Their Mental Health During the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
• Your Mind Plan | Every Mind Matters | One You - a really helpful quiz for those who are struggling to cope with the current situation.

Bereavement Support

Childhood Bereavement Support Network - Covid-19: Supporting Bereaved Children and Young People
Winstons Wish - Information, advice and guidance on supporting bereaved children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak
Child Bereavement UK - providing confidential support, information and guidance to families

Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Board

SETDAB - Stay Safe at Home Campaign
For further advice and guidance, please visit the SETDAB website