At Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys we aim to embed the importance of Healthy Well-being and Good Mental Health in our ethos. We are therefore undertaking the Well-being Award for Schools which focuses on changing the long-term culture of the school, so that mental health and well-being sit at the heart of the school.
Our Sixth Form team of Well-being Ambassadors support students at clubs and throughout the school where required.
Below are various well-being resources that we hope will be useful for helpful for our students and their families. Tunbridge Wells Early Help provides general help for parents: Monday–Friday Advice Line
Mental health resources
The website links and documents below provide some well-being/mental health resources that young people, parents/carers and professionals may find useful at any time and particularly during the current period of change, uncertainty and anxiety due to the pandemic.
For young people
- Mental Health Resource offers free virtual groups called 'Reachout Youth', aimed at 13–19-year-olds looking for confidential support for their emotional wellbeing. This is a self-refer programme for anyone in Year 9 upwards. Simply contact Mental Health Resource by completing this self-referral form and emailing the address on the form.
Mental Health Difficulties in Children and Young People: A Toolkit for Parents – designed to provide an overview of the key topics, signpost to further information from trusted sources, and share insights from parents and young people who have been through it.
The School Health Team provide some short videos with easy-to-understand messages on helping parents to support their children with resilience.
Click for a list of useful mental health resources provided by PIPA (see The PIPA Trial below).
Other useful sites include the following:
As a staff team we are aware that many of our students enjoy gaming and that it is an important way for them to stay connected with their peers. However, we are also aware that an unhealthy obsession or focus on gaming can have a negative impact on a student and on their family. Below are two links that look at screen time, gaming and the challenge of gaming addiction, which we hope will be helpful:
Support for survivors of sexual violence/coercion
East Kent Rape Crisis Centre – Click for details.
The PIPA Trial
Good mental health during childhood and adolescence is very important. Difficulties like anxiety and depression can start when people are young and it is important for young people and their families to understand these difficulties and get support when needed.
As a school, we are taking part in a research programme called The Pipa Trial, which is being coordinated by the University of Warwick. The PIPA Trial is exploring the effectiveness of an online resource for parents/carers to help reduce depression and anxiety in young people; it involves families of young people aged 11–15 years from schools across the UK.
The trial is free and conducted completely online. Eligible parents/carers and young people will be asked to complete some questionnaires. Parents/carers will then receive access to some online parenting resources: either the standard educational package of fact sheets or the personalised programme with up to nine modules. Parents/carers and young people will also be asked to complete some follow-up questionnaires.
TWGSB has sent all parents/carers a letter on how to sign up, which also contains some information sheets with more details. If you have any questions, please speak to Mrs Sophie Rose at TWGSB, or contact the PIPA trial team via email at PIPA@warwick.ac.uk or telephone 02476 574316 or 02476 575078.