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Health & Wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing is a priority at Mirfield College and our staff are always available to support students. We are very lucky to have an onsite counsellor who is available for lunchtime drop in sessions as well as prebooked appointments.

As well as the support in College, there are a number of different agencies for young people, parents and carers to access support for wellbeing and mental health, a few of these are linked below:

STEM4 - Supporting Teenage Mental Health

Kooth - Your online Mental Wellbeing community

NSPCC - The UK's Childrens Charity

BASE - Drug and alcohol service for young poeple

yOUTh- LGBTQ+ Support for young people and their families

Thriving Kirklees - Partnership of local health & wellbeing providers working together to support young people

Samaritans  

 

Children's Mental Health Week 6th - 12th February 2023

Activities can be found on the below link

https://explore.kooth.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/MHAW-Activities.pdf

 

During Children's Mental Health Week, Kooth will be hosting daily discussions allowing young people to get share their own experiences or listen to the experiences of others in their safely moderated forums. These can be accessed from www.kooth.com 

 

This year's theme for Children's Mental Health Week is "Let's connect". Kooth subsequently put together a few resource for children, young people and parents & carers that relate to this year's theme. 

They have a particular spotlight on the below topics, click the links for more information:

 

Feelings of depression and low mood

Family relationship difficulties with siblings

Navigating difficulties in friendships

Supporting your child through difficult times

 

 

Choose well for mental health – a guide for children and young people

A new guide to help children and young people in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield choose well for mental health has been launched by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The ‘choose well for mental health’ guide will enable people to find the right service for their mental health and wellbeing needs, and:

  • Support people in looking after their mental health and wellbeing
  • Inform people about how to access the right support when they need it
  • Help people know what to do if they, or someone they know, experience a mental health crisis or emergency.

Parents, carers, families and friends can also use the guide to look out for children and young people close to them and help them get the right support and advice.

The guide has been co-created with children and young people with lived experience, and specialist healthcare teams who work with them, carers and their families.

The ‘choose well for mental health’ guide for children and young people covers a wide range of support and advice, including:

  • Things people can do to help look after their own mental health, emotions and wellbeing (self-care)
  • Talking to someone
  • Family help and support
  • GP practices and referral to mental health services
  • Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) for help with specialist mental health concerns
  • What to do in an emergency or crisis. 

 Child Protection & Safeguarding

Mirfield College is committed to keeping its students safe. In the event that you have any concerns relating to child protection or the safety of our students please report to:

Safeguarding Officer for College – Mrs K Barron

Safeguarding Officer – Mr M Brook

Safeguarding Officer – Mr J Young

Designated Safeguarding Lead for the Academy – Mrs V Chambers

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead for the Academy – Mrs P Taylor