What is the Mental Health Champions Programme?
Public Health identified that York in particular would benefit from the provision of youth-led, peer support to improve student well-being, develop mental health and provide early prevention.
City of York council have commissioned Worth-it to work in partnership with the school well-being service to develop this peer support programme
What do the champions do?
Our Mental Health Champions are working hard to role model well-being and facilitate access to support and signposting. They have engaged fully in the training programme and are able to support the following
- Reducing stress levels, especially around exam times and transition
- The development of self-help skills and building resilience
- Prevention of the escalation of emotional issues
- Improving communication, interpersonal skills and relationships
- Showing support in engagement and attitude to learning
- Increasing confidence
- Decreasing absences and improving attendance
- Increasing a sense of belonging
Our campaign is as follows
- A recognised logo – illustrated by one of the students
- A pin badge to be worn by the champions
- A display board/stand to raise awareness and advertise
- Regular lunchtime, social events open to all
- A flow chart poster – signposting students to the relevant source
- A self-help shelf
Our hard work and commitment will help some of our most vulnerable students move up the mental health spectrum and flourish.
Our ultimate aim is to reduce the stigma of mental health and work hard to improve outcomes for children and young families
For more detailed information, please follow the link below
Mental Health Champions Coordinator – Amy Tinson
HPV Vaccination Scheme
The HPV vaccine is being offered to all 12 and 13 year old girls in school year 8.
Three doses of the vaccine will be given over a 6-12 month period for full protection against the commonest cause of cervical cancer for many years to come.
For more information visit www.nhs.uk/vaccinations
It’s Not OK: teaching resources about positive relationships
It’s Not OK helps children and young people recognise concerning behaviour and identify characteristics of positive relationships. It’s Not OK reinforces the importance of building and maintaining positive relationships and recognising and responding to behaviour relating to:
- Online safety
- Harmful sexual behaviour
- Child sexual abuse
- Child sexual exploitation
The films have a suggested lesson plan with activities for young people to complete to help them understand the issues that are raised. The lesson plans, films and accompanying activities cover what behaviour to look out for and how to respond to it can be accessed at: https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/research-resources/schools/its-not-ok/
Children and young people can talk to ChildLine about anything on 0800 1111 or get in touch online at https://www.childline.org.uk/
Students with questions or concerns about relationships – or any child protection matters – can always talk to any adult in school.
A free, 24/7 helpline that provides counselling for children with any problem.
Helpline: 0800 1111
Text: 0800 400222
Mon-Fri: 9:30am-9:30pm | Weekends: 11am-8pm
Confidential support for anyone in crisis
Helpline: 08457 909090 (UK)
Text: 08457 909192
Information and advice for people aged 12-25 years old.
Young minds crisis messenger
Text: YM to 85258
PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
Our vision is for a society which speaks openly about suicide and has the resources to help young people who may have suicidal thoughts.
We exist to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.
Our Beliefs and Values:
Beliefs that guide our thinking:
PREVENTION: Many young suicides are preventable
PASSION: Those who are touched personally by a young suicide have a unique contribution to make to our work
HOPE: No young person should have to suffer alone with thoughts or feelings of hopelessness and nobody should have to go through the heartbreak of losing a young person to suicide
LEARNING: There are always lessons to be learned from listening to young people at risk of suicide, those who give them support and those who have lost a young person to suicide.
PAPYRUS was founded in 1997 by a mother, Jean Kerr, from Lancashire following the loss of her son to suicide. PAPYRUS was initially set up as the Parents’ Association for the Prevention of Young Suicide, hence the name PAPYRUS.
Since 1997, PAPYRUS has continued to listen to and learn from the experiences of those personally touched by young suicide. Today, PAPYRUS works in many ways to prevent young suicide.
SUPPORT: We provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through our helpline, HOPELINEUK.
EQUIP: We engage communities and volunteers in suicide prevention projects and deliver training programmes to individuals and groups. This includes equipping local councils, healthcare professionals and school staff with suicide prevention skills.
INFLUENCE: We aim to shape national social policy and make a significant contribution to the local and regional implementation of national suicide prevention strategies wherever we can. Our campaigning comes from our passion as individuals, parents, families and communities who have been touched personally by young suicide. We press for change in many places using hard-hitting and dynamic campaigns as well as presenting evidence to those in power so that lessons can be learned and learning implemented to help save young lives.
PAPYRUS has been a long standing member of the government advisory groups in England and Wales on suicide prevention matters. We are active members of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group in England and of the National Advisory Group on Suicide Prevention and Self-harm reduction in Wales. Other national bodies that we contribute to are the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and the National Police Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group.