Emotional Wellbeing

Centre for Alternative Learning and Mentoring (CALM)

The CALM unit consist of a team of Learning Mentors who provide support and guidance to students who appear to be struggling with self-management, social and emotional difficulties. The key objective of a Learning Mentor is to assist the student to overcome any barriers to learning they may face. The CALM team support students both inside and outside of the classroom, developing a relationship with the student to help them access the curriculum.

Every student that comes our way will have a tailored support plan around their individual needs. The overall outcome hopes to engage and motivate pupils, promoting and reinforcing self-esteem, welfare and academic success.

The Learning Mentors help to create pathways for academic success; working in line with the whole school approach to develop students GRIT and resilience.

Meet the team

If you would like to speak with a Learning Mentor please contact:

Laura Sourbutts – Senior Learning Mentor: lsourbutts@patchamhigh.org.uk

Cleopatra Fraser – Learning Mentor: cfraser@patchamhigh.org.uk

Debra Lloyd – Attachment Lead: dlloyd@patchamhigh.org.uk

Key workers

The SEN Department has a key worker scheme aimed at pupils with SEN(D) who may require some addition mentoring.

Primary Mental Health Worker

Community CAMHS – Working in partnership with Community CAMHS

We are fortunate to be part of a project within Brighton and Hove, whereby a Community CAMHs worker will be working alongside the school for a proportion of the week.

The focus of this project is to support parents, staff and pupils in recognising and supporting a range of anxiety and mental health based challenges.  This will be done through a range of group based and training activities rather than ongoing 1-1 sessions that are currently offered through the CAMHs process.

There will be a variety of activities including:

  • parent workshops on areas such as managing self-harm and exam stress
  • 1-1 parent appointments offering advice and support
  • 1-1 pupil drop ins offering advice and support
  • Pupil workshops on areas such as managing anxiety, dealing with change, understanding emotions and managing exam stress

Parent appointments can be offered and can be booked through jlucas@patchamhigh.org.uk

Workshop content and dates are to be finalised and will be advertised via the school website and parent mail.

Referrals for workshops and parent appointments can be made by pupils, parents and staff and should be directed to Jackie Lucas via jlucas@patchamhigh.org.uk

What is available locally and links

BME Black and Minority ethnic Young People’s Project (BMEYPP)
Emotional Health and wellbeing e-motion
Right Here
Young minds group – get info from sarah
Drugs and Alcohol Ruok
Kate and Youth Service
Young Oasis
Information on services Where to go
General advice and info Health chat
School nurse
Domestic abuse Rise
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual All sorts
Transgender/Gender Identity All sorts
Parenting Triple P
Family Information Service
Sexual exploitation The Wise Project
Sexual health and Contraception SHAC
Healthy relationships – team (teenage pregnancy, sexual health and substance misuse)
Smoking Clara’s email
Special educational needs Local offer
Young Carers Carers Centre

National Information 

Health area Description
Bereavement: Winston’s Wish This site is for young people like you, who know exactly what it is like to have someone important to them die.
Bullying: Kidscape With advice and practical skills to learn on how to deal with bullying
Childline If you are worried about anything, it could be something big or something small, don’t bottle it up. It can really help if you talk to someone
Bullying UK With general and specific advice on all types of bullying.
Connect Safely Connect Safely is everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of social media and mobile
Bullying in Schools
Drugs and Alcohol: Frank
Rise Above
Emotional Health and Wellbeing: BEAT Beating Eating Disorders BEAT provides helplines, online support and a network of UK-wide self-help groups to help adults and young people in the UK beat their eating disorders.
Young Minds Offer information to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing.
NSPCC Offers advice and information on female genital mutilation.
Childline If you need someone to talk to, you can talk to Childline about any problem you are worried about. They are available 24 hours a day and can talk to you in confidence. The number won’t appear on your phone bill. You can call them for free on 0800 1111 or visit their website.
Selfharm UK Self Harm is a project dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self harm, providing a safe space to talk, ask any questions and be honest about what’s going on in your life.
NSHN Network National Self Harm Network supports individuals who self harm to reduce emotional distress and improve their quality of life. They support and provide information for family and carers of individuals who self harm. They seek to raise awareness of the needs of people who self harm, dispel myths and combat discrimination.

Social Media Feeds

Local self-harm video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-7hms54sF8

Young Minds – http://www.youngminds.org.uk/headstogether

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