Support for Families
We hope that you find the following information helpful when you are most in need. We all need help at times and Woodlands will support you via our wellbeing team. At times more specialised expertise for your family may be best and we will sign post to that support. Please find below sources of support that we think needs to be celebrated; like us they value positive mental health and will support us to support you.
Childline is a 24 hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC. Childline deals with any issue which causes distress or concern. Common issues dealt with include child abuse, bullying, mental illness, parental separation or divorce, teenage pregnancy, substance misuse, neglect, and psychological abuse. They are open 7 days a week, 365 days of the year on: 0800 1111 or via online chat at: https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/1-2-1-counsellor-chat/
Ordinary Magic is a Not for Profit Mental Health and Wellbeing Organisation based in Solihull that offers help and support to children and young people to help build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem. They do that by offering one to one support, specialised holiday clubs, after school activities and workshops and events for children and parents. They also offer in certain cases, free psychotherapy sessions for children most in need, where other options for support have been exhausted. If you have any questions or you would like free information, advice and guidance please call them on 0121 514 8854, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Facebook @ordinarymagicuk
The Anna Freud centre provides a range of specialist types of support for children, young people and families, seeing them at the Centre, in schools and other settings. In addition to their direct work, they can provide resources to other professionals to be more effective in their work with children. The overarching aim of their services is to build resilience and to help children, young people and families who are in distress. https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/our-help-for-children-and-families/
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Barnardos and Autism West Midlands work together to provide emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people in Solihull. They provide assessment and treatment of children and young people with mental health or severe emotional and behavioural difficulties. The service currently accepts children and young people, until their 19th birthday, who are residents in the borough of Solihull, go to school or college in the Solihull borough, or have a Solihull GP. The services operate from two sites, one in Chelmsley Wood and the nearest one:
Freshfields Clinic, Downing Close, Knowle, B93 0AQ
Tel: 0121 301 2730
Fax: 0121 301 2751
Solihull and Birmingham Mind has a helpline providing advice and information to people experiencing mental health, their families, professionals and the wider public. Their advisers are available to help you find the right services and support in the Solihull/Birmingham area.
The helpline can offer advice, information and signposting relating to health and social care and a range of other issues.
Contact Solihull Call: 0121 742 4941 / 743 4237 or email: email@example.com
Contact Birmingham Call: 0121 262 3555 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Minds is a website designed to support young people, and their parents, with all aspects of mental health, growing up, changes and honest case studies and advice. https://youngminds.org.uk/
Child Bereavement UK
Solihull bereavement services supporting families, including children, via councilling for bereavement, not exclusive to death. Currently free of charge during the COVID-19 crisis.
Contact: 0121 424 5103
Happy Mamas Solihull
A local support group supporting women through the highs and lows of early motherhood.
A Peer Support group based in Solihull for mums to meet with other women who have experience in the highs and lows of becoming a mum and have come out the other side in one piece!
We’ve had personal experience of different ways you may be feeling, such as feeling that you can’t cope or manage your time effectively or feeling anxious or worried about keeping baby safe and well. You may feel ‘Mum guilt’ or that you’re failing or not doing ‘enough’. You may be experiencing loneliness or loss of personal identity, especially at the moment during the Covid-19 restrictions.
Having been on the journey already, and come out the other side in one piece, we can support you by offering a confidential, non-judgemental space where mums can share thoughts and issues with other mums who are often going through similar experiences. By talking and listening to others, it may help you to feel that you are not alone.
Our simple aim is to support mums through the ups and downs of early motherhood and make it a more positive experience, hopefully making friends along the way.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR WELLBEING
Websites for General Wellbeing
Specific Areas for Wellbeing Support
Additional detail can be found in Appendix One of our Positive Mental Health Policy and in the Wellbeing Library section of our website.
National Self-Harm Network: www.nshn.co.uk
Depression Alliance: www.depressionalliance.org/information/what-depression
Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Phobias
Anxiety UK: www.anxietyuk.org.uk
Obsessions and Compulsions
OCD UK: www.ocduk.org/ocd
Prevention of young suicide UK – PAPYRUS: www.papyrus-uk.org
On the edge: ChildLine spotlight report on suicide: www.nspcc.org.uk/preventingabuse/research-and-resources/on-the-edge-childline-spotlight/
CALM: Campaign Against Living Miserably (For males): https://www.thecalmzone.net/
Beat – the eating disorders charity: www.b-eat.co.uk/about-eating-disorders
Eating Difficulties in Younger Children and when to worry:
Wellbeing Online Reading
Mental health and behaviour in schools: departmental advice for school staff. Department for Education (2016)
Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future - departmental advice for school staff and counsellors. Department for Education (2015)
Teacher Guidance: Preparing to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing (2015).
PSHE Association: Funded by the Department for Education (2015)
Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges. Department for Education (2016)
Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions: statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of academies in England. Department for Education (2014)
Healthy child programme from 5 to 19 years old is a recommended framework of universal and progressive services for children and young people to promote optimal health and wellbeing. Department of Health (2009)
Future in mind: promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing - a report produced by the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce to examine how to improve mental health services for children and young people. Department of Health (2015)
NICE guidance on social and emotional wellbeing in primary education
NICE guidance on social and emotional wellbeing in secondary education
What works in promoting social and emotional wellbeing and responding to mental health problems in schools? Advice for schools and framework document written by Professor Katherine Weare. National Children’s Bureau (2015)