With the continued lockdown and understandable anxieties around covid 19, there is an increase in cases of anxiety and poor mental health in students Nationally. Attached is a list of support organisations to help with a variety of issues, some of which parents and carers may find useful. Also on FROG there is a self-reporting tool where students can mark themselves on a scale of 1-5, 1 being not feeling good and 5 everything is ok. Any student with a low score would be contacted by a member of staff to check on their welfare and support in the best way possible.
The NSPCC offer some really sound advice for parents on how to support a young person struggling with the current situation.
The NSPCC site also offers help with
• Getting mental health support for your child
• Speak to their GP
• Talk to your child about Childline
• Get help from your child’s school
• Ask about a referral to CAMHS
With an increased focus on online activities young people may also need support with E-safety, we have a range of resources collated on our Safeguarding and E-Safety page.
It is a difficult time for everyone and we are here to support you and our students.
What is the RP HUB?
SRPA are passionate about helping those in our community. The RP-HUB was set up in conjunction with the Bromhead Medical Charity to support those with mental health issues. The need to address the rise in mental health related issues across the country has accelerated in recent years, notwithstanding North Hykeham. We want to ensure we are doing everything we can to help those within our community to be healthy and happy. That is why we decided to set up a unique, flagship programme for mental health support, here at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy.
What do we do?
We provide professional services to people suffering with mental health issues, which could include:
• Anxiety and panic attacks
• Bipolar disorder
• Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
• Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
• Dissociative disorders
• Drugs – recreational drugs & alcohol
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
• Panic attacks
• Personality disorders
• Postnatal depression & perinatal mental health
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
• Schizoaffective disorder
• Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
• Sleep problems
• Suicidal feelings
How does it work?
The RP-HUB has been able to offer professional counselling to anybody associated with the school community since August 2018. As the need for support continues to grow, we hope to expand our services into the wider community. This has begun already through our work with NHS LPFT, where we have created a service that aims to prevent ‘Male Suicide’, which is an increasing issue across the country. Together with the NHS LPFT we have created a mobile APP (Piota: Talking Men) that supports those in need with all issues relating to male suicide and how to get help. This is a new service and in the very early stages of development but one which we are very proud of.
What have we been achieving?
To date we have been able to provide hundreds of professional counselling services, mentoring and signposted mental health issues across the country that have impacted on thousands of people…and we are not even a year old!
This is something we feel privileged to be a part of and are very excited for the next steps in our journey to helping those in our North Hykeham community and beyond.
Who are some of the people that have helped us?
As you may have seen our local press coverage, RP-HUB underwent our own version of a ‘DIY SOS’. We were very fortunate to be associated with the following companies who gave not only their own time, but also their materials and expertise:
• Allen Signs
• Build Base Lincoln
• Burley and Elsom
• Crown Paint
• Garden Tea Rooms, Moor Lane
• Lincoln Tea and Coffee
• Luxlite Lighting
• M Gladwin
• Nigel Smith Plumbing
• North Hykeham DIY
• Rick Reynolds Plumbing
• SRP Hire
• Todd’s Group
• VIC Hire
• Special thanks to Ben Adams and Stacey Smith for their vital contributions in orchestrating this amazing effort from the community – Thank You everyone!
Why are we doing this?
It was clear to Mr Dale Hardy (Head Teacher) and Mr Greg Kirk (Director of Achievement) that there was a growing demand for help and support with mental health issues in the County. This was outweighing the support readily available, so SRPA decided to do something about it. Eventually, help came from the Bromhead Medical Charity who agreed to pilot a programme with SRPA, which is unique in its intent to implement mental health care and support to have a positive impact in the community.
We aim to give the people in our community the knowledge to help prevent mental health issues and the resources to feel happy and healthy.
If you have any questions, would like to know more or would like to become involved with our programme or support us, please contact Greg Kirk on the details above.
Director of Achievement
Project Manager for RP-HUB
Sir Robert Pattinson Academy
Moor Lane, North Hykeham
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Talking Men App
RP-HUB is raising awareness and supporting the community with mental health and those affected by male suicide. Please download the mobile app using the following instructions:
Shout – for support in crisis
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.
It’s a place to go if adults are struggling to cope and need immediate help.
Shout is powered by a team of volunteers, who take people from crisis to calm every single day.