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The Healthy Child Team
The Healthy Child team work with children, young people and families to empower and enable them to make informed decisions about health, and to support them in transitioning safely and happily into adult life. The service is available to all children and young people aged 5-19 in school, college, specialist provision or home educated.
The healthy child team provides the following health and wellbeing support:
- Adjusting to life circumstances, with mild or temporary difficulties, where the best intervention is in the community. This includes promoting self-support and building resilience using a whole family approach.
- Short term input around low self esteem, emerging anxiety and low mood using evidence based interventions on a 1-2-1 basis
- Assessments around emotional distress including self harm behaviours to establish the level of severity. Self harm assessed as low risk will be supported and higher levels of severity will be signposted to more appropriate services.
More information on the service and how to refer can be found on the Growing Healthy North Yorkshire- Healthy Child Team website, or phone 01609 780780.
BUZZ US is a confidential text messaging service available to young people aged 11-18 across North Yorkshire.
By texting the service on 07520 631168 you will be able to receive confidential advice, support and signposting from a wellbeing worker within one working day via text.
Schools can access specialist support from Compass BUZZ. This is a school based project which strengthens the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 5-18 (25 with SEND) across North Yorkshire.
The Compass BUZZ project has three main aims:
• To help schools to develop a ‘whole-school approach’ to improving the resilience and emotional wellbeing of their pupils and students.
• To provide training in order to upskill and support the school workforce which will increase their confidence and competence in relation to; talking about mental health; promoting positive mental health; identifying poor mental health and reducing the stigma associated with it.
• To be able to identify emerging or low level mental health issues and to intervene with support at the earliest possible opportunity, in doing this we hope to be able to prevent problems from escalating to the point where they are significantly impacting on the young person’s life or that they need input from specialist services.
Highly skilled and committed Wellbeing Workers deliver a free rolling programme of tiered training to local schools, promoting a range of early help and prevention strategies as part of a wider integrated multi-agency approach.
School staff can also request further help and support from the Wellbeing Workers in the form of co-facilitated individual or group and sessions.
Kooth is a free online counselling, advice and support service available for children and young people in North Yorkshire aged 11-18.
Wellbeing in Mind - School Support Teams, Young People, North Yorkshire
Wellbeing in Mind are a team of NHS staff, working in schools to offer support to students experiencing common emotional wellbeing difficulties.
They provide care and interventions for young people including support for difficulties including: low mood, anxiety and low self esteem. They also provide advice and training on mental wellbeing issues to school and college staff, helping them to support you. They also work closely with other services so that those with more complex problems can get the right help, from the right people, more quickly.
If you are concerned about your emotional or mental wellbeing please speak to a member of school or college staff as soon as possible. They will be able to help you get the right support and can refer you to our team if this is needed. You can find out more information on the Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust website
School and College Form Tutor
Your form tutor should be able to help direct you to the right support available within school or college. This might include local wellbeing activities that are available or information on how the school is applying the PHSE curriculum.
You could also ask your Form Tutor how the school is implementing the Ladder of Intervention and Social and Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) Guidance.
School and College Pastoral Leads and SENCO
Most schools and colleges will have an identified pastoral lead and SENCO. They will be able to provide help and support to students as well as providing information advice and guidance.
If you are not sure who your pastoral lead or SENCO is, ask your Form Tutor who should be able to help.
School and college counsellors
Some schools and colleges employ a counsellor to provide support in school or college. To find out if there is a school counsellor at your school, speak to your Form Tutor or Headteacher.
Other school support services
If you are experiencing social and emotional difficulties in school you may also be able to access support in a number of other ways. The local authority has an Inclusion service which has a range of professional available to support children and young people in school, further information can be found on the North Yorkshire County Council website.