Youth Counselling Advice


Teen Mental Health Guide

Your child’s teenage years are an exciting time, but they can be tricky too. With hormones going wild and bigger pressures at school, challenging mood swings are par for the course. With mental ill-health on the rise though, you’ll want to keep watch on whether their moods are normal, or if they need a bit of help.

Today one in five teens has a diagnosable mental health condition. And on average, people wait 8-10 years after first experiencing mental health problems before seeking help. Of course, if problems are noticed and tackled when they first come up, you can help your child with the tools they need to be happy sooner rather than later. If you think that your teen needs some professional help, find out if they can see a school counsellor, or if it’s more serious, their GP can help you work out a plan of action together. 

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Youth NHS Mental Health Leaflet


What is the Changing Lives Service?                                                            

We are a new Mental Health Support Team (MHST). The team is split across four bases which are: The Kingsmead School, Lady Manners School, Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy and The Bolsover School. The bases are called ‘Centres of Excellence.’

The teams will be working with the schools they are based in and other identified schools - each supporting a population of approximately 8,000 children and young people.

The teams will build on support already in place from: School Pastoral Support, School Counsellors, CAMHS Specialist Community Advisors, Behaviour Support, School Nurses, Educational Psychologists and the Voluntary Sector. The team will work specifically with children and young people with mild to moderate mental health conditions. The project is part of the Government’s ambitious plans to transform children and young people’s mental health as cited in the NHS Long-Term Plan.


The main aims of the service are:

  • To support the senior mental health lead in each education setting to introduce or develop their whole school approach.
  • To deliver evidence-based interventions for children and young people with mild to moderate mental health conditions.
  • To give timely advice to school staff, liaising with external services, to help children and young people to get the right help and stay in education.
  • To provide information, training and support for parents/carers as part of a whole school approach.           We will work with children and young people who:
  • Who can we work with?
  1. Are 0-25 years (Over 18 only where the young person has SEND / is a care leaver).
  2. Would benefit from early intervention support for their mental health and wellbeing.
  3. Are not deemed to have a high level of risk of harm to themselves or others.


           Additional Support

We offer a dedicated support line for school staff on Mondays and Tuesdays.


           Contact us for more information:






Call:       0300 303 4663

What can we help with? 

  • Low mood                                      
  • Anxiety
  • Simple phobias
  • Sleep problems
  • Panic attacks
  • Worries
  • Managing stress
  • Change / transition

Parents and Carers Consultation


As part of the whole school approach, the team are keen to consult with all parents/ carers to ensure that the support and training they will be offering is fit for purpose. They have developed a survey monkey for parents/ carers to complete.

Please could you share this link with all of your parents/ carers and request that they complete the survey by Friday 31st July 2020.  This will enable the time needed for the team to analyse the data and plan how they will be able to effectively support your families in the future.


PSHE Matters for Families Developing Skills for Life Together

The PSHE Matters for Families leaflets provide fun and interesting activities for families to learn more about topics such as mental health, dealing with change and forming positive relationships.


The leaflets were developed to enhance the PSHE Curriculum that some primary schools currently deliver.  The theme of the leaflets supports the 12 different modules that feature in the resource: ‘PSHE Matters a Curriculum for Primary Schools.’  Please follow the link:




What is Self-Care?

Self-care is about the things we can do to look after our own mental health. Check out this great website.