How to combat mental health issues in the young

How to combat mental health issues in the young

How to combat mental health issues in the young

Those feelings of failure can creep up on us in many situations. The good news is that you can take steps to tackle them before they get out of hand. It may take a little practice before you stop negative feelings in their tracks, but these tips should help you feel more positive.

• Keep control of your inner voice: Saying to yourself “You should have tried harder, you’ve made yourself look stupid”, is what we call a faulty dialogue. When you start giving yourself these negative messages just say, “STOP”, and throw the thought out. Managing your inner voice is a life skill.

Crest Nicholson brings festive fun to local school in Sunbury-on-Thames

Crest Nicholson’s South division is proud to announce its support for the Beauclerc Infant and Nursery School in Sunbury-on-Thames. The award-winning developer has recently donated £250 to assist with the school’s annual Christmas Fayre, which took place on Friday 7th December.  Crest Nicholson has been supporting the school’s annual Christmas Fayre for several years, which typically receives up to 250 attendees across the school and local community. The family activities enjoyed this year included everything from a Santa’s Grotto and Christmas arts and crafts for the children, to a festive family BBQ and games, ensuring there was something for everyone. 

FutureLearn Partners with Amnesty International

FutureLearn Partners with Amnesty International

FutureLearn, the online social learning platform owned by The Open University, is partnering with the world's leading human rights organisation, Amnesty International, to provide a free online course introducing learners to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The announcement of the partnership and co-created online course, Defending Dignity: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, comes on the day of the 70th anniversary of the revolutionary document being signed.

Despite the difficulties, fostering a disabled child is the most rewarding thing we’ve ever done

Joanne and Stephen on fostering a disabled child

For Joanne and Stephen Phillips, 2012 was a major turning point in their life – it was the year they applied to become foster carers. For Joanne, this opportunity was exactly what she’d been yearning for. Having previously worked in the care industry, her role at the time valeting motor homes, did not offer the level of job satisfaction that she desperately craved. 

After seeing an advert in their local newspaper, the Doncaster-based couple took some time to deliberate the practicalities of fostering. They decided that it was a win-win opportunity, allowing Joanne to return to a career in care while offered a loving, stable home for a child in need. From here, they contacted Fostering People, and were delighted when their application was successful.

Education that’s truly special

Education that’s truly special - Ringwood Logo

When you visit the stunning, eco-friendly, 40 acre campus on the Dorset/Hampshire border it becomes apparent why this college is a first choice for parents and young adults with special educational needs.

Individual buildings linked by natural pathways through green open spaces and woodland give a sense of calm and wellbeing. Exclusive onsite facilities include a gym hall, heated indoor swimming pool, kitchen garden and purpose-built therapy building offering onsite specialist input from occupational, physiotherapy as well as complementary therapies such as massage, music and art.

Options Trent Acres school celebrates Outstanding Ofsted

Options Trent Acres school student

Options Trent Acres, Kings Bromley, Staffordshire, a special independent school for boys and girls aged 8-18 with autism and a range of complex needs, including mild learning disability, is celebrating having been officially declared ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. The school, run by Options Autism is part of the Outcomes First Group.

Inspectors commended the school, stating that Options Trent Acres “provides a rich and rewarding educational experience for all pupils”.

Shaw Education Trust celebrates exceptional achievement

Shaw Education Trust award

Shaw Education Trust uses innovative approach to raising student aspirations with a key stage 3 awards ceremony. 

Students from across the Shaw Education Trust and their parents were invited to an Exceptional Achievement Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of students who have shown progression in their performance.

Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, Jo Morgan, utilised her speech to inspire students saying: “You are here because you had the courage and confidence to reach for the stars- to live your dreams and work hard for your success.

“Education is the pathway to enable freedom, choice and independence. Whether you want to be a brain surgeon, astronaut, nuclear physicist or leader of the UN, the power you have is in your hands.”

Literacy intervention in West Yorkshire boys’ school improves reading age by more than a year 

Literacy intervention at school

Head teacher at Upper Batley High School Samantha Vickers explains how Supply Desk’s literacy intervention programme ‘Love to Read’ improved pupils’ reading age across the school, which has a high proportion of English as an additional language (EAL) and special educational needs (SEN) students. 

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The key components of a mentally healthy school

The key components of a mentally healthy school, Centre for Child Mental Health

Dr Margot Sunderland, Director of the Centre for Child Mental Health(CCMH) and Co-Director of Trauma Informed Schools UK– discusses the key components of a mentally healthy school. 

We have health and safety policies for children’s bodies in our schools – so why don’t we have health and safety policies for children’s minds? We have all the evidence we need on the adult-child relationship experiences that cause mental health problems and those that heal.