Autumn Newsletter from the Charlie Waller Trust
Sefton Emotional Wellbeing Toolkit
Dear Newfield School,
I hope that you are well.
We are contacting you to let you know about a new telephone support line. It is available to anyone aged 16+, therefore although this is not applicable to many of your students, staff and parents may benefit from this support, for those who are experiencing stress, worry, and/or low mood as a result of the Covid-19 situation. It is open to both the general public and NHS staff, who may be feeling overwhelmed.
We have attached two information posters about the support line; to let people know about this new service. One of the posters uses an accessible information format, suitable for those with learning disabilities. These could be placed in your workplace, for either your staff and/or the general public to view it. The posters could also be emailed to staff or other interested parties.
The support line is staffed by the Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and is available 8.00am to 8.00pm every day; providing:
- A listening ear.
- A chance to share how you’re feeling.
- It can offer information, self-help materials and signposting toward other helpful services and organisations.
Please note this is not an emergency line, if someone is in need of urgent support they should ring the 24/7 urgent mental health support line on 0151 296 7200.
If you have any queries about the support line, please do not hesitate to contact me or contact:
Dr Frank Chapman (Consultant Clinical Psychologist),
Thank you for your time.
Trainee Clinical Psychologist.
Save a life, take the free suicide prevention training - accessible to all.
Anna Freud Centre
This is a new resource from Anna Freud created by young people for children and young people. Have a look and signpost your pupils to it.
ADDvanced Solutions Community Network encourages, equips and empowers children, young people and their families living with neurodevelopmental conditions, learning difficulties and associated mental health needs. Our engaging, community-based, learning, coaching and mentoring programmes will help you and your family to better recognise, understand and meet your individual needs, enabling you to manage the day to day challenges.
Alder Hey Hospital
BBC Action Line
If you have also been affected by self-harm, organisations listed on our Self-Harm support page may be able to help.
You can find current information and support for issues covered by Action Line on the BBC Action Line website.
Liverpool Specialist CAMHS (Alder Hey Childrens NHS Foundation Trust)
Liverpool Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is a service for children/young people (aged 0-18) and their families/carers who are struggling with how they are feeling, thinking or the way they are doing things.
We especially help those whose difficulties are getting in the way of being able to manage everyday life and relationships. Office line: All referrals to this service come through the Single Point of Access (0151 293 3662). If you are already known to us our numbers are: Seymour House (0151 707 0101) and Rose Hill House (0151 724 6872)
Free phone advice line:
Office line: 0151 293 3662
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
Our vision is of a world where people understand and talk openly about depression, where young people know how to maintain wellbeing, and where the most appropriate treatment is available to everyone who needs it.
The Trust was set up in 1997 in memory of Charlie Waller, a young man who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. Shortly after his death, his family founded the Trust in order to educate young people on the importance of staying mentally well and how to do so.
“Because CWMT grew out of the love of family and friends for the much missed Charlie Waller, it has by definition a totally holistic approach to mental health."
Alexander Armstrong, CWMT Patron
Childline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Click here for more information.
We're here for you, whatever's on your mind. We'll support you. Guide you. Help you make decisions that are right for you. Our tips and techniques, ideas and inspiration, can help you feel more in control. And you can access them in your own time, at your own pace!
ChildLine (0800 1111)
Click here for more information on this.
Children’s Mental Health Week
The next Children's Mental Health Week will take place from 7-13 February 2022.
Set up by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, the week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
The Children's Society
Right now in Britain there are children and young people who feel scared, unloved and unable to cope. The Children’s Society works with these young people, step by step, for as long as it takes.
We listen. We support. We act.
There are no simple answers so we work with others to tackle complex problems. Only together can we make a difference to the lives of children now and in the future. Because no child should feel alone.
Click here for ways to help you to cope with possible loneliness, during this time of Social Isolation.
Community Advice & Listening Line
Community Advice & Listening Line offers emotional support and information on mental health and related matters to people in Wales.
Phone: 0800 132 737 (24/7) or text "help" to 81066
Inspire (Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) provides local services to support the mental health and wellbeing of people across Northern Ireland.
Phone: 028 9032 8474
Kooth is a service for young people aged 11-18 that offers online counselling to Sefton pupils. They have provided the following video to explain their service and how to use it:
Their service is operating as normal and they are providing support, advice and guidance on COVID-19 for all young people. They also have the capacity to continue operating if they get an influx of young people signing up.
We have been asked to include (www.kooth.com) onto the school website and school social media platforms to promote them as much as we can.
Sophie Carr from Kooth- who delivered training to our staff in January is leaving. Her colleague Emily Hawley who has worked in Sefton before will be taking over from her. Further information below, or click here.
Mental Health Foundation
Mind provides advice and support on a range of topics including types of mental health problem, legislation and details of local help and support in England and Wales.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (weekdays 9am - 6pm)
Awaiting more info
What is PDA?
PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) is widely understood to be a profile on the autism spectrum. PDA individuals share characteristics with others on the spectrum and also have a distinct cluster of additional traits.
The distinctive features of a PDA profile of autism are:
- resisting and avoiding the ordinary demands of life – the key words here are ‘ordinary demands’, so this might include getting up, getting dressed, eating a meal or washing. Significantly, it includes things that someone might want to do/enjoy.
- using ‘social’ strategies as part of the avoidance – this means not just saying no, withdrawing, shutting down or running away, but a variety of avoidance approaches including distraction, making excuses, physical incapacitation, withdrawing into fantasy, procrastination, controlling, reducing meaningful conversation or masking.
- appearing sociable, but lacking some understanding – meaning that individuals may appear more sociably ‘able’ than one might expect (with, for instance, more ‘socially accepted’ eye contact or conversational skills) but that this may mask underlying differences/difficulties in social interaction (for instance, not seeing any difference between themselves and an authority figure) and communication (for instance, whilst an individual may be very articulate, their understanding of others may not be so robust).
- experiencing intense emotions and mood swings – meaning difficulties with emotional regulation, rapid mood swings, impulsiveness and unpredictability.
- comfortable in role play, pretence & fantasy – this can sometimes be to an extreme extent with other personas (be that a person or an animal) being adopted for a prolonged period of time. The line between fantasy and reality can sometimes become blurred.
- focusing intently, often on other people – with PDA, “repetitive or restrictive interests” are often social in nature, relating to real or fictional people
a need for control which is often anxiety related.
In addition, with PDA, we know that individuals are unlikely to respond to conventional approaches.
For more information go to https://www.pdasociety.org.uk/
Place2Be is the UK's leading children's mental health charity providing in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.
Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity. Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.
Meeting the challenge of mental illness We believe that no-one affected by mental illness should face crisis, distress or despair completely alone.
SHINE THERAPY SERVICES is an independent consultancy offering occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and sensory integration therapy for children and young people.
Rethink Mental Illness
Rethink Mental Illness advice offers practical help and information for anyone affected by mental illness on a wide range of topics such as The Mental Health Act, living with mental illness, medication and care.
Phone 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm)
Visit the Rethink Mental Illness website for advice and information
Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice.
We champion children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing across the UK. Driven by their experience we create change so that children and young people can cope with life’s adversities, find help when needed and succeed in life.
To keep ourselves focused and on track, we’ve set out 4 key strategic aims:
- Foster innovation to meet the needs of vulnerable and excluded children and young people.
- Promote good mental health to more children and young people than ever before.
- Champion the voices of young people and parents to influence mental health policy and practice.
- Inspire excellence to achieve transformed, integrated services
Awaiting further info