Mental Health & Wellbeing
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School are pleased to have been chosen as a partner school for a new service in Bristol called the Mental Health Support Team (in education) or MHST for short.
The MHST is a team of Wellbeing Workers who work in different schools across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Our Wellbeing Worker is Olivia.
Olivia will help our School in two ways:
- She will offer 1-1 support for children who often experience worries, fears, anxiety, anger or sadness.
- She will help us to develop our whole school approach to emotional health and wellbeing.
Here’s a message from Olivia:
“Hi everyone, my name is Olivia and I am the new Wellbeing Worker at St Patrick's Catholic Primary School. I am at the School every Tuesday morning.
When people hear I am from the Mental Health Support Team they often think I only work with people who are really unwell or have mental health illnesses, but this isn’t true.
Everyone has mental health, it’s all about how we feel, think and act especially in response to the ups and downs of life. Sometimes we have good mental health and can cope well with life, other times we might find it hard to cope and become stressed, upset or worried more easily.
I am trained to work 1-1 with children who often experience fear, worry or anxieties. When I do my 1-1 work I often get parents/carers involved as they know their children best and can help them practice what they learn in our sessions. In my 1-1 sessions we play games, do questionnaires, talk about feelings and learn ways to cope with difficult emotions.
If you are a parent/carer and you think your child could benefit from extra support with their feelings please speak to their class teacher who may refer them to me.
I will also be helping with whole school activities to promote good mental health, this might be doing assemblies, activities with whole classes, training teachers or running groups for parents."
You can find out more about the Mental Health Support Team here: https://www.otrbristol.org.uk/what-we-do/mhst/
Contact for support
If it's an emergency, call Bristol Mental Health on 0300 555 0334. This line is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
You can also get support from the Samaritans, get in touch about anything that's troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels. Call for free on 116 123.
Bluebell - https://bluebellcare.org/ support to help families manage their mental health and wellbeing during pregnancy, and up to two years after birth. Call 0117 922 0746, email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop in.
Second Step - http://www.second-step.co.uk/ support people in their home with mental health problems
Womankind - http://www.womankindbristol.org.uk/ : support women in the Bristol area with professional counselling, group psychotherapy, supportive and reliable help and a helpline service
Changes Bristol - http://www.changesbristol.org.uk/ : support groups in Bristol for anyone aged 18 or over, that offer a safe and friendly space for people to share any worries they might have. Free to access, confidential and no referral needed.
Community Access Support Service (CASS): Offers support to minority ethnic and faith-based groups in improving access to mental health services.
Below, you can access some key information and resources, recommended by Olivia.
Worried about your child’s behaviour or Mental Health?
Reliable resources recommended by parents and professionals.
What is HappyMaps?
HappyMaps is a charity developed by GP’s and CAMHS professionals with help from parents and young people.
They have pooled some of the best mental health resources for parents and for young people and children in one place. Please see link below.