Mental Health

Fantastic News : Place to Be is now at Goffs!

At Goffs we take great pride in the provision we have available to support students with maintaining good mental health. We recognise that mental health concerns are on the rise in young people and have responded to this need by investing considerably in our mental health provision.

At the heart of our mental health provision is our counselling services. Our counselling team consists of the Place to Be and our school counsellor Linda Noble.

Place to Be is an on-site counselling service and are a charity supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and we are very excited to have this provision now at our school. Currently the place to be works with our lower school students in years 7 – 9.

Place to Be run drop in sessions for students at break and lunch times, counselling sessions on a referral basis (students can refer themselves) and support for students and staff with ongoing difficulties including bereavement and issues with peers. Please free to contact Jennie Robinson at jr@goffs.herts.sch.uk if you have any queries regarding this.

Linda Noble, our school Counsellor concentrates her work with the upper school and sees students on a one-to-one basis.

Our ability to offer a large number of professional counselling sessions each week and reach a wide range of students with these is a real benefit to our student body who are able to seek support for both shorter term issues such as friendship conflicts but also longer term issues such as anxiety or bereavement.

Two of our staff are fully trained Mental Health First Aiders; as such we can respond effectively to any crisis our students may suffer such as last minute exam nerves. To help our students through the pressure of exams the school also runs very successful Mindfulness sessions. These sessions are designed to help students feel calm and less ‘stressed out’ before their exams.

To raise the profile of mental health across the school, we run a series of mental health weeks over the course of the year. These are supported by regular assemblies. The aim of these weeks is to remove the stigma which can be associated with experiencing mental health issues and raise awareness of mental health and the help we have available to our students.

Throughout ATM sessions our PSHE provision covers the promotion of good mental health and resilience. The purpose of these sessions is to educate and equip students with the tools they need to progress through school and cope with the stresses and strains of modern school life and beyond.

In other mental health news, we are regularly updating students about where to get help if they need it, and supporting campaigns in school such as Heads Together, Time to Change and Stamp out Stigma. These are key charities that can support students and families with mental health issues. Please make sure you follow our Goffs Twitter page @GoffsAcademy for regular updates.

If you have any concerns about mental health of your child then please contact Liz Allum EAl@goffs.herts.uk  who will be happy to discuss the different ways in we can support.

Useful links

https://youngminds.org.uk/

www.themix.org.uk

http://teenmentalhealth.org/

https://www.headstogether.org.uk/

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders/copingafteratraumaticevent.aspx

http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/medical-information-0/procedures-and-treatments/supporting-children-after-frightening-event

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/supporting-children-worried-about-terrorism/