Kooth Online Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health Service for 10 – 18 years (posted 18/6/2021)
Kooth is working with Aberdeenshire Council to launch our Kooth online emotional wellbeing & mental health service for young people in the area from 21st June 2021.
Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being support service providing young people aged 10-18 years in many areas across the UK with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors, as well as providing access to many self-help tools and content.
TogetherALL for 16+ in Aberdeenshire (posted 18/6/2021)
If you’re struggling to cope, you don’t have to do it alone. Togetherall offers a safe, and anonymous community to connect from anywhere, at any time. This is for young people and adults in Aberdeenshire from the age of 16+.
For information on how to register and access this service, please read more info here: Togetherall_InteractivePDF_AberdeenshireCouncil
It is important to look after your Health and Wellbeing while you are working from home. The following will help with this:
Listening Service for pupils aged 14-18 years
The Aberdeenshire school counselling service is offering a listening service for Aberdeenshire school pupils aged 14+ during school closures. Any young person who is struggling with their emotional wellbeing can access the service.
The service will be available for a couple of hours each day Monday to Friday from Thursday 28th January 2021. Booking can be accessed via this link Listening Service. The pupil can choose a day and appointment time that suits them. They will be asked to enter their name, school and contact details. The counsellor will then call them at the agreed time. Appointments can be booked up to 7 days in advance and cancelled up to an hour before the appointment.
The service is confidential so data on who calls the service will not be passed back to the school.
Instructions to access – Listening Service for Young People
Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
The link below is a really useful ‘one-stop shop’ for all types of mental health supports available for pupils. If you are struggling in any way and wanted someone to speak to, other than your Guidance Teacher or school staff, we would encourage you to get in touch using the information below. Talking helps – please make sure you do and remember there are lots of supports available to help you overcome any difficulties.
Young Scot #ayefeel Campaign
Find information, tips, activities and resources to help you look after your emotional wellbeing. This covers all aspects of things ranging from – talking about your feelings; improving your sleep routine; staying positive; dealing with grief or bereavement; managing conflict; support with an eating disorder and much much more!
During these difficult times, try where possible to keep a routine in line with the school day. This does not mean you need to work solidly for 6 periods a day (and further information is held in each year group section of the remote learning page which details how long we suggest you work for in our year group timetable – Aboyne Academy); however, some structure and routine with your learning is useful.
Help and Support
If you are stuck with aspects of your learning and classwork, remember to get in touch with your Classroom Teacher via your Google Classroom or Microsoft Team during the week. It is always a challenge to work independently without being in the classroom, so they understand this and don’t expect you to be able to do everything without some challenges – otherwise there is no point in continuing to learn! They will try to answer as many queries as they can, or when you see them for your ‘live’ lesson, that is also a great opportunity to have your questions answered, so please do come prepared with them!
Your Guidance Teachers are also still on hand for wellbeing support and you can get in touch with them via e-mail, telephone call to the school number or via the new Appointlet system, where you can book an individual timeslot each week. The weblinks you need for this are here: Appointlet Instructions
The following advice may be worth your consideration:
- Identify a comfortable and quiet place to learn.
- Avoid distractions like your mobile phone and TV for an allotted time, to allow your focus and attention to be fully on the task in hand.
- Be proactive and engaged in your learning.
- Review class posts on Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams regularly.
- Check the school website each day for up to date information: https://aboyneacademy.aberdeenshire.sch.uk/school-closure/head-teacher-bulletin/
- Complete any tasks set to the best of your ability, but do not worry about strict deadlines. The time limit suggested is just a guide. Just do the best you can!
- Ensure to either submit / mark as done / turn in documents on classwork posts to mark that you have completed them and gain a sense of achievement.
- Complete all work with academic honesty (do not plagiarise/copy).
- Ensure to take regular rest breaks to do something fun; get some exercise; do some activities around the house or catch up with friends and family.
- Consider ‘studying’ with friends if you are working on the same tasks via any secure media platforms e.g. FaceTime etc. This could be a nice way to reconnect with friends like you would in a classroom about your learning.
- Ensure outwith school hours you create a difference between your learning and home environments e.g. don’t continually check for updates from school/teachers. Below are some useful links to other suggested resources and activities for support:
Aberdeenshire Educational Psychology Services Support Resources and Links
CAMHS Support Resources
Living Life to the Full – Coronavirus
Young Minds Website
- https://youngminds.org.uk/ – This website is packed full of information and advice on how best to look after your emotional wellbeing, which is particularly important at this time.
Young Scot Website
- https://young.scot – This website has advice and information on a range of issues including how to deal with the coronavirus, studying and social media.
- https://www.place2be.org.uk/our-services/parents-and-carers/coronavirus-wellbeing-activity-ideas-for-families/ – This website has advice and information plus activities for yourself and the whole family.
- https://anchor.fm/camhs-g – This link takes you to some podcasts from CAMHS to help pupils to self-support during this time.
NHS Change 4 Life Website
- https://www.nhs.uk/change4life – This website has information about healthy eating and healthy habits to consider whilst off school.
Every Mind Matters Website
- https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/sleep/ – This website has information to support you with your sleep.
The Children’s Society Website
- https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/coronavirus-information-and-support –This website provides information and links to support focusing on a number of different health related topics for young people.
Family Matters Aberdeenshire
- https://www.facebook.com/abshirefam/ – This is a new page created with local information to support families in Aberdeenshire during this extraordinary time.