Useful resources for all education settings in Bromley - a whole school approach
Specialist and complex needs resources
Anyone of any age, gender, or background can develop an eating disorder. An eating disorder is something that creeps up on an individual, sometimes gradually and sometimes suddenly. The eating disorder often starts well before someone even knows that their relationship with food has become poor. It can change over time from one form - such as starving - into another form of distress such as overeating. Recovery is possible for everyone with the right kind of help.
Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that cause lasting damage and may be fatal if they are left untreated. The earlier someone gets the right treatment for their eating disorder, the more likely they are to make a full and sustained recovery.
Every interaction matters - a recorded webinar for school and Further education leads
MindEd and the Anna Freud Centre have provided a recorded a webinar for all education settings and to supplement local offers. The webinar is available here (press play, then continue to download the PowerPoint and save it). Education leaders or leads – such as Senior Leadership Teams, wellbeing and pastoral leads, senior mental health leads, safeguarding leads or SENCos – can use this webinar to facilitate a staff meeting or INSET session on wellbeing and mental health.
local bereavement support for children and young people
Just like adults, children react to death in different ways at different times. They may seem to be sad, very naughty, or not to care at all. They may have behaviour or concentration problems at school or home, difficulties with eating or sleeping and feel very anxious or guilty. It can sometimes be difficult to find a way to explain what has happened, to cope with their questions and to manage their behaviour. We cannot prevent children from feeling sad, angry and hurt, but if we talk to them and include them in what is going on, we can give them our support and understanding.
supporting individuals that identify as LGBTIQ+
Some people may identify as LGBTIQ+. This means that they may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, non-binary, queer or questioning. Or they may define their gender and sexuality in other ways. Anyone can experience a mental health problem. But young people who identify as LGBTIQ+ are more likely to develop problems like depression, social anxiety, suicidal ideation, misusing drugs and alcohol and other mental health problems.
Being LGBTIQ+ does not cause these problems. The reasons why young people with LGBTIQ+ identities are more likely to get them are very complicated. LGBTQ individuals may have to deal with homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, stigma and discrimination, difficult experiences of coming out, social isolation, exclusion and rejection.
A child or young person's gender identity is a way to describe how they feel about their gender. They might identify their gender as a boy or a girl or something different. This is different from their sex, which is related to their physical body and biology. People are assigned a gender identity at birth based on their sex. The resources below may help you explore this complex area.
online stress and the fear of missing out (FOMO)
Help your pupils explore online stress and the fear of missing out (FOMO). Use this lesson plan, PowerPoint and accompanying videos to help students explore how stress may be experienced as a consequence of using social media and how this can affect their daily lives. Using peer-to-peer activities based on Rise Above films, students will discuss how they might manage any online stress and understand the importance of asking for help when they need it.
how to cope with exam stress
Help students identify the signs and symptoms of exam stress, and develop stress management strategies. Use this lesson plan, PowerPoint and accompanying videos to teach students to identify the signs and symptoms of exam stress and recognise that it can affect young people, before, during and after an exam. Using the concept of designing an 'exam buddy' app to help them, students develop helpful strategies for managing their own exam stress and supporting friends who may also be experiencing stress.
body image and physical pressures
Explore with students what body image is, how social media can influence it and how to reduce stress caused by online pressure. Use this lesson plan, PowerPoint and accompanying videos to help students explore what body image is and how social media can influence it, and identify ways to reduce stress or anxiety caused by online pressure.
supporting staff wellbeing in further education
If you’re working in further education, you’re not just supporting learners to achieve their aspirations and develop the skills they’ll need for the future workforce; you’re also supporting them in coping with the demands of the workplace. But it’s really important to look after your own mental health and wellbeing too. The Education & Training Foundation and Education Support have put together a toolkit of resources that are deemed helpful and informative for Further Education staff.
Bromley changes - young people's drug and alcohol service
The service provides free support and advice, group work with other young people, one-to-one sessions, harm reduction service and a family and carer support service. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 0208 289 1999
autism diagnostic pathways in bromley
The Bromley All-Age Autism Board and Partnership recognised that for many young people, parents and families, the journey towards an official diagnosis can be confusing. The below guide has been developed to help parents and education colleagues understand and navigate the system and to explain the different ways in which children and young people can be referred for a diagnostic assessment in Bromley.
Children and young people with learning disabilities - mental health support available
This introduction to understanding mental health in children and young people with learning disabilities, from the Mental Health Foundation, is supported by a range of different resources that may be useful for all those working with children and young people with learning disabilities. The downloadable PDF includes details of different programmes that support mental health, as well as practical resources that can be used to support children.