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Support for students

The wellbeing of our students is of the upmost importance. We aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our school community, alongside physical health. This page is designed to ensure that students are aware of sources of support in the local community: what support is available, who it is aimed at and how to access it. For sources of support within the school, see the Safeguarding section.

Mental health support

Urgent mental health support 24/7 crisis lines London

Emotional and mental health | SUPPORT SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (lambeth.gov.uk)

Kooth– an online mental wellbeing community in which young people can access free, safe and anonymous support.

Beat charity support lines and services – a charity supporting people with eating disorders.

The Mix - Support and advice for under 25s, including a helpline, crisis messenger service and webchat. Call 0808 808 4994 to talk.

Childline - Get help and advice about a wide range of issues. You can call this charity on 0800 1111, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

Shout – Shout 85258 is the UK's first free, confidential, 24/7 text support service. It's a place to go if you're struggling to cope and need mental health support. Text SHOUT to 85258.

Samaritans – this charity works to make sure there's always someone there for anyone who needs someone. Call 116 123 to talk.

Papyrus – Are you, or is a young person you know, not coping with life? For confidential suicide prevention advice contact HOPELINEUK. They are open 9am–midnight every day.

YoungMinds - Committed to improving the mental health of babies, children and young people. 85258 is the number for their crisis messenger service, text YM (Young Person).

NSPCC - The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a British child protection charity which has dedicated helplines to report abuse. You can find out more here.

The Listening Place provides free, face-to-face, ongoing support, by appointment, for those who feel that life is no longer worth living. Call them on 020 3906 7676 to make an appointment.

Scroll further down below for additional sources of support for specific issues including general wellbeing, race and ethnicity, anti-bullying, bereavement, crime, domestic violence, drugs and alcohol, gaming and gambling, LGTBQ+, neurodiversity, online safety, and sexual abuse:

General wellbeing

Action for Happiness is a global movement and charity which aims to increase happiness by bringing together people and supporting them to take practical action to build a happier society.

Tips for improving your general wellbeing - This web page explains what mental wellbeing means, and gives tips to help you take care of your mental wellbeing.

Race and ethnicity

Children & Families – Race Equality Foundation The Race Equality Foundation works on safeguarding, adoption and family support through its projects, briefings and programmes, including their flagship evidence-based Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) programme.

Get Involved - Black Thrive Lambeth Black Thrive Lambeth was established in 2016 to address the inequalities that negatively impact the mental health and wellbeing of Black people in Lambeth. They are a partnership between communities, statutory organisations, voluntary groups and the private sector.

Muslim Youth Helpline offers non-judgemental, confidential support 7 days a week, 365 days a year including bank holidays and Eid. Call their helpline 7 days a week (4pm-10pm) on 0808 808 2008.

Anti-bullying

The anti-bullying alliance - a unique coalition of organisations and individuals, working together to achieve their vision to stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

Bereavement

Hope Again - Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Support. It has been created for young people, by young people. They want to break the isolation that grief brings, by providing a space for young people to explore their grief and feel less alone.

Open to Hope - a charity which aims to give a voice to grief. Their mission is to help people find hope after loss. They invite people to read, listen and share their stories of hope and compassion.

Winston's Wish - A charity supporting children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling.

Crime (including sexual harassment and sexual assaults)

British Transport Police Report a Crime - If you’ve witnessed or been the victim of a crime whether at home or outside or travelling please report it to the BTP. This includes sexual harassment and sexual assaults. Reports are dealt with by their control room in exactly the same way whether you report it online or call 101. Does it feel like the situation could get heated or violent very soon? Is someone in immediate danger? Do you need support right away? If so, please call 999 now.

Domestic violence

Refuge supports women and children who experience all forms of violence and abuse including domestic violence, sexual violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so-called ‘honour’-based violence, and human trafficking and modern slavery. They offer a Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247.

Drugs and alcohol

Talk to Frank - Honest information about drugs.

Drink Aware - Independent science-based facts and advice to help people make better choices about drinking.

National Institute on Drug Abuse - A source for science-based information on teen drug use and its effects.

NHS Stop Smoking - The NHS Quit Smoking app to help people to quit smoking.

Gaming and Gambling

BigDeal is a place for young people to find information and support related to gambling, either for themselves or for someone they care about.

YGAM is an educational charity which has an extensive directory containing information and links to organisations and charities that offer support and treatment for people with gambling, gaming, mental health or financial problems or concerns.

LGBTQ+

Gendered Intelligence is a charity that exists to increase understandings of gender diversity and improve trans people's quality of life.

Mermaids is a charity and advocacy organisation that supports gender variant and transgender youth. They also provide inclusion and diversity training.

Relate offers counselling services for every type of relationship nationwide. We provide advice on marriage, LGBT issues, divorce and parenting.

The Proud Trust - Home of LGBT+ Youth is an LGBT+ organisation that supports LGBT+ young people through youth groups, peer support, mentoring programs and the Proud Connections chat service.

Stonewall is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights charity. They provide information and support for LGBT communities and their allies. They run an Information Service which is on FREEPHONE 0800 0502020. Lines are open 9:30 - 4:30 Monday to Friday.

Neurodiversity

Mental health and autism The National Autistic Society is a British charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families. Since 1962, they have been providing support, guidance and advice, as well as campaigning for improved rights, services and opportunities to help create a society that works for autistic people.

ADHD and mental health The Mind charity provides a helpful list of resources and charities specialising in this field.

The ADHD Foundation is a leading neurodiversity charity offering support for those who live with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Tourette’s syndrome.

Online safety

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Childnet - Childnet works directly with children and young people from the ages of 3-18, as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals, to help make the internet a safer place.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection command - Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (CEOP) is a law enforcement agency which helps keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. Children and young people can make a report directly to them if they are worried about online sexual abuse or something has happened online which has made someone feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone they know in real life, or someone they have only ever met online.

Thinkuknow - The National Crime Agency's CEOP Education team aims to help protect children and young people from online child sexual abuse. The National Crime Agency's CEOP Education team aim to help protect children and young people from online child sexual abuse.

Sexual Abuse

Barnados supports thousands of children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse. They make them safe and help them recover.

Childline offers free, confidential advice and support for children and young people. If you are a child and you need help, you can call their 24-hour support service on 0800 1111.

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