As we find ourselves in a continuing unprecedented situation where things are very different in school it doesn't mean that our support for you will stop, it simply means that it's time to do things differently.
I need to speak to someone in school but the Covid safety restrictions mean I can't just go to see my Form Tutor or Progress Leader. What should I do?
Your Progress Leader will be on duty at break and lunch time if you need a quick chat or a catch up. But if you need to speak about something more important or in confidence you can contact Alder Line by text message on 07624808669. We have set up a dedicated number for students to message before school. We will make sure that you are able to see someone discreetly to talk privately and confidentially at some point during the school day.
This number should not be used in an emergency situation. If you are in immediate danger outside of school please contact 999, or use one of the resources below.
Where can I get help outside of school if I need help or need to talk to somebody?
There are counsellors at the other end of the phone 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It is free to call and does not show up on your phone bill.
The number is 0800 1111.
Alternatively, if you prefer to ‘talk’ via your key board, there is a 1:1 counsellor online chat. Go to the Childline website and enter the virtual waiting room on the screen where you can chat to a counsellor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is free and confidential.
The Childline website is amazing! It has games, advice and stories. Anybody can go on here and it is free and confidential. It will not show up on your search history either.
MindShift is a free app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it. Lists symptoms of anxiety. Offers strategies to manage worry, panic, conflict, ordinary anxiety, and three specialised categories of anxiety: test anxiety, social anxiety, and perfectionism. Also contains relaxation exercises.
Calm Harm is an APP designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It's private and password protected. This App was designed by the NHS and is free. Calm Harm provides tasks that encourage users to distract themselves from urges to self-harm and help manage their "emotional mind" in a more positive way.
Kooth offers online emotional and mental health support for children and young people.
Emotional Health and Wellbeing Help Documents
The Progress and Pastoral Team are keeping in regular contact with students and you can reach out to them if you need to talk: