At Sandhill View Academy we place the highest important upon the mental wellbeing of our students. Young people in our modern society face many stresses and strains that effect their mental health, especially at school. We recognise this and have made fostering an environment where pupils can share any problems they might be having openly as well as obtain the best help and advice about what to do.
Key to our approach is ensuring that young people have agency, whilst empowering the community around them to have the health literacy and tools to respond. We want to ensure students have access to timely, youth-friendly support and resources. We’re focused on prevention, ensuring that more young people learn how to build their own wellbeing toolkit.
Our Mental Health Team
Mrs E Young
Governor – Mental Health Lead
‘As a parent who has children at the Academy, I understand that the mental health and wellbeing of our students and staff is a priority and the importance of providing a high standard of support is critical. When walking around school, it is evident that there are many signposts for children to access. There is a mental notice board which also provides information. There are nominated staff who are trained in mental health, who also offer advice and support. We are an inclusive school, who in my opinion always go above and beyond for every child.’
As part of our drive to address any issues surrounding student wellbeing, you will find on this page some useful advice for dealing with any mental health problems you may have, how to identify them as well as the best places to seek advice should you need it. Remember, you are never alone, our staff are always here to help you. Mrs Wright & Miss Pitchers are available to talk to students at any time regarding issues surrounding mental health including anxiety, stress or emotional problems.
How to deal with Stress
How to deal with Anxiety
How to deal with Anger
How to deal with Low Mood
How to deal with Self Harm
Advice & Help During the Coronavirus Lockdown
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means that life is changing for all of us for a while. It may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated. Below you will find some helpful resources with advice and guidance to support your mental health during these unprecedented times.
Excellent tips to help you with day-to-day living during lockdown.
Every Mind matters
NHS based advice on keeping a healthy mind during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Kooth COVID-19 Chil Mental Health Report
Useful Links & Resources
Kooth is an excellent place to seek advice and support with regards to mental wellbeing, especially in young people. They even have a useful app that you can download to your photo. You will find instructions on this below.
This website has a lot of information about mental health issues including living with adults who have a mental health condition.
Sunderland & Washington Mind
Providing confidential, high quality services for individuals, carers and families experiencing emotional or mental health problems. They aim to do this in a safe, caring, non-judgmental and supportive environment.
You can contact Sunderland Mind directly by clicking here.
Sunderland Community CAMHS
Community CAMHS is a team of people from different professional backgrounds. The following roles are all working within Community CAMHS and can sometimes be involved with offering support to a young person:
Offering resources to encourage local people to make the most of themselves and help improve their health and wellbeing and for those they care about.
Find out how you can gain access to mental health support, advice and guidance for free through our National Health Service
Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday) or text 86463
Mind provides confidential mental health information services.
With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind works in partnership with around 140 local Minds providing local mental health services.
Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am – 4pm Monday to Friday)
Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England.
Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm-10:30pm)
Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them.
The Mix provides judgement-free information and support to young people aged 13-25 on a range of issues including mental health problems. Young people can access the The Mix’s support via phone, email, webchat, peer to peer and counselling services.
Telephone: 0800 1111
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything – no problem is too big or too small.
Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. Elefriends is run by Mind.
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.