Wellbeing

As students of Ralph Allen school and young people in the twenty first century we are aware that you have to navigate a complex and ever changing world and we are committed to supporting your wellbeing. Your wellbeing is as important to us as your academic success.

Studying at home can put a strain on every one of us. We need to make sure we are looking after our physical and mental wellbeing, as well as our education. It is important that you take regular breaks from the computer to avoid eyestrain, have a proper lunch away from your work and start/finish work at an appropriate time.

This section of the website is for you. This is the place where you can find information to help and support you and your family when you need it. We all need help sometimes!

Below are some suggested helpful links that you may wish to use and remember. 

  • ThinkNinja a mental health app designed for 10 to 18 year olds. Using a variety of content and tools, it allows young people to learn about mental health and emotional wellbeing, and develop skills they can use to build resilience and stay well. Free (for 4 months) app for 10-18 year olds:https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/thinkninja/
  • Mental Health Crisis Line: The number can be found on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/mental-health/find-an-urgent-mental-health-helpline.
  • KOOTH: online mental health and wellbeing support to young people aged 11-18 on any internet accessible device. Kooth provides an opportunity to interact in a supportive way with other young people as well as receive support from a qualified counsellor. To find out more visit https://www.kooth.com/ where young people can register and others can find out more about the service. You can also view a short video about the service at: https://vimeo.com/318731977/a9f32c87de.
  • Smiling Mind offers short audio sessions to help with mindfulness. Click here.
  • MoodGYM is a free, fun, interactive programme to help young people with low mood. Based on cognitive behaviour and interpersonal therapy, it consists of five modules, which help you to explore:
    • Why you feel the way you do
    • Changing the way you think
    • Knowing what makes you upset

         Assertiveness and interpersonal skills training https://moodgym.com.au/

Support & Advice

Bereavement Support

Apps & Websites for Emotional Wellbeing

Top tips for looking after your wellbeing

NHS - Every Mind Matters

Video Links

Boys in Mind - video message from Otto White - ex Ralph Allen Student -  on how to organise your time in isolation.Doctor Who sends a message to young people

Boys in Mind - video message from Jamie - ex Ralph Allen student - on things to do whilst in isolation

Boys in Mind - video message from Sky Jones - on making a home gym

Prince William and Duchess Kate back mental health campaign during Covid-19 outbreak

Additional Resources

List of organisations offering support and information outside school

Mental health problems in children and young people. Guidance for parents and carers leaflet from B&NES

Talking Teens Poster

Coronavirus - A book for your children. A great way to explain what is going on right now with your children. 

You are also able to contact Caroline Hodgkinson, School Nurse. Students can phone between 8.30am - 4.40pm to anonymously ask for advice from an NHS professional. 

Caroline is based at St Martin's Hospital, and is on site at Ralph Allen School on Mondays and Tuesdays. Her email address is:  caroline.hodgkinson@virgincare.co.uk and her telephone number is 07507 334357.

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