Mental Health Hub
Welcome to the Mental Health Hub
Penpol School is a Trauma Informed School (TIS), supporting children and families who suffer from trauma or mental health problems to help prevent this becoming a barrier to learning or life in general. The wellbeing of our Penpol family and community is of utmost importance and we are here to provide that support. It could be said that we have all experienced trauma, especially with every person being affected in some way by the Coronavirus pandemic. In this area of our website we have information about things we do in school, things you can do at home, links to our newsletter and other websites offering support, ways to contact our team and details of virtual and in person get togethers. We hope you find it useful – please do get in touch as we love hearing from you!
Time to Talk Thursdays
Our wellbeing forum for parents and carers with Rachel Perris runs every Thursday during term time. In these testing times, it is vital that we each nurture our mental health as much as we do our physical health.
These sessions are open to all, with the aim of providing a safe space for talk and support. Rachel is a highly experienced coach who works regularly at Penpol to support pupils, staff, parents and carers.
Sessions will run at 1pm and at 2pm and you are welcome to join either group. Please email us using this link and we’ll give you the Zoom details for the two sessions.
Online Training and Support
Time to Talk Newsletter
We aim to produce a wellbeing newsletter every Thursday packed full of activities and creative challenges – download the latest issue (and back issues) here.
Mental Health Support Team
Mrs Rachel Perris
Mrs Jessica Riches
Mrs Bec Thomas
Mrs Rachel Neve
Mrs Mel Smart
If you’d like to get in touch with anything relating to wellbeing please email firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance and we will get back to you.
We have a bereavement team of specially trained staff who can offer support to children and families who have suffered a bereavement of any kind. We work closely with Penhaligon’s Friends and have a memory garden in school. Our Bereavement Champion is Mrs Riches – please get in touch using email@example.com if you’d like some support.
It’s well known that we should all aim for 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, but there is also the 5 a day to support mental health:
5-A-Day for Mental Health
We will make suggestions of activities for each of these in our weekly newsletter.
Useful Links for Children
As a school we are in touch with many organisations which support mental health, for children, adults, families and staff. Keep an eye on these links as we are adding to them all the time.
Useful Links for Adults
Other Useful Information
These services offer confidential advice from trained volunteers. You can talk about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how difficult:
- Call 116 123 to talk to Samaritans, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a reply within 24 hours
- Text “SHOUT” to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text “YM” if you’re under 19
If you’re under 19, you can also call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline. The number will not appear on your phone bill.