The Early Help for Mental Health service is now available.
Virgin Care, Young Devon and Kooth/Xenzone work in partnership with a collaborative approach that allows these EH4MH partners to provide far reaching support to children, young people and school staff. Their aim is to contribute to our county’s children and young people developing and sustaining positive mental health.
Positive mental health is the foundation on which we as individuals, can live healthier lives. With positive mental health we are more likely to be motivated and engaged in our learning, realise and achieve our potential, choose healthier lifestyles, engage in all the world has to offer, shout out when abuse is occurring, seek help when times are tough and recover a sense of wellbeing and achievement following traumatic experiences.
Virgin Care are available to offer direct support to school staff in Devon County Maintained Schools. This offer is to provide school staff with Mental Health Training, Mental Health Consultation and Supervision. This has many aims, including:
- to increase awareness of signs and symptoms of emerging mental health needs;
- to build confidence in sharing with children, young people and their families their options of ‘supporting change’ available from services and charities locally or nationally,
- build on strengths within the school regarding their support of children and young people in pastoral services
- increase awareness of the impact of communication on developing mental health
- increase awareness of transferred pressure and its potential negative impact
- reduce stigma
- improve response to help seeking when a child is being abused or bullied
The influence of parenting on children and young people developing positive mental health is substantial, however, as you know, so is their school experience and their peers.
Young Devon and Kooth
Young Devon and Kooth/Xenzone reach out to Young People providing options for talk support online and face to face. As young people grow through their teenage years they can at times benefit from talk support outside of their family. We believe first step ‘talk and listen’ support comes from parents, carers, family and friends, however at times we may be too close to the person to truly ‘listen.’ Providing a service where accredited counsellors and mentors are employed to listen and support desired change is essential in our offer.
As their parent you may wish to introduce your young person to these options, allowing them to make their own informed decision to look further. This can be most successful by letting your son/daughter know about the service so they are naturally prepared for any days in the future when they have a stuck thought or feeling and want to talk to someone independent. They can access the service by contacting them through the website.
To read more about Young Devon services please click here
To introduce your son/daughter to what Young Devon can offer, please click here.
To understand more about Kooth/Xenzone or to introduce your child to this service, please click here.