Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (World Health Organisation)
In our school our Christian vision shapes all we do. The Trinity community will live “life in all its fullness” by:
- Establishing a unique and personalised learning journey through Trinity and beyond
- Continuing to nurture our warm and caring family environment to support all to flourish
- Inspiring all to achieve and celebrate ongoing and future successes.
In addition, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and pupil body. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils.
Trinity's Mental Health Network
School-based mental health support
Place2Be provides school-based mental health support (including one-to-one counselling, group sessions and drop-ins) and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.
Lewisham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
CAMHS is a specialised multi-disciplinary service. It provides mental health interventions for children and young people aged up to 18 (or 21 if the child is leaving care) who have more complex or persistent mental health disorders. If you have concerns about your child’s mental health, speak to your child’s GP or school, who will make a referral to CAMHS, if appropriate.
Young people's health and wellbeing service If you are worried about a young person's health, resilience or emotional wellbeing and they are aged 10–19 (or up to 25 if they have additional needs) you can contact the young people's health and wellbeing service at Compass Lewisham.
Free online counselling
Kooth is a free and anonymous online mental health service for children and young people where they can speak to a counsellor for advice and support.
Services for parents
Mums Lewisham Mindful Mums groups help pregnant women and new mums learn how to stay emotionally well, develop confidence and social connections during pregnancy and in the first year after birth. Trained volunteers lead the groups, which are free to attend and take place at children and family centres across the borough.
Kaleidoscope provides services for children and young people aged between 0 and 18. It brings together specialist community services for health, disability, mental health, education and social care. Kaleidoscope Child Development Centre, 32 Rushey Green, London, SE6 4JFAccordion content Tel: 020 7138 1100
When to seek professional help
There's a difference between feeling a bit low from time to time and a serious emotional health problem.
If your child is feeling unhappy and low for a prolonged period of time, it's time to seek more professional help. Any professional working with children and young people should know what to do. For example, if you approach a teacher for help with bullying, the teacher might deal with the problem with the help of a school counsellor or welfare worker. If the problem is more complex, the professional you initially approached may suggest getting help from colleagues with more specialist training. A GP might refer a parent of a child with behaviour problems to a local parenting programme, or a young person who's depressed might be referred to specialist child and adolescent mental health services. You should contact your local support services immediately if you're aware of a child or young person at serious risk of harm.
Professional Help for Children, Young People and Families
MENTAL HEALTH ORGANISATIONS
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AIDERS
POLICE – URGENT SUPPORT
NHS HOSPITAL – EMERGENCY CARE