Norfolk & Waveney Children’s and Young People’s Health Services have partnered with BFB Labs to offer the Lumi Nova App for free. The app is mobile game which can help 7-12 year olds learn to self manage their fears and worries. Sign up below.
The NHS Wellbeing website has lots of services on offer including webinars on improving anxiety, improving sleep, wellbeing in the workplace and relaxation tips.
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week took place from 1st-5th February 2021. All students watched a mental health assembly based on well being and managing stress. You can view this assembly below.
Please see below some useful links and documents designed to help you during the pandemic and beyond.
ChatHealth texting service
ChatHealth texting service is available all year round for children, young people (up to 19 years of age) and their parents or carers to seek help or support from the School Nursing Service. Texts are responded to by a member of the school nursing team between 9.00 am and 4.30 pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). A School Nurse can be text on 07507 333356.
When emotions are heightened, you can use TIPP skills to bring down the intensity. These are:
Temperature – by changing body temperature, we can quickly decrease the intensity of an emotion.
Intense Exercise – by engaging in intense cardio/aerobic exercise, we engage our physical body in a way that de-escalates intense emotions.
Paced Breathing – try to slow breathing down by using any breathing exercises.
Paired Muscle Relaxation – practice tensing muscles as you breathe in for 5-6 seconds. Notice the feeling. Then relax them as you breathe out, paying attention to how that feels as you do it. Go through each muscle group in the body and tense then relax each one.
Progressive muscle relaxation
Positive self talk
Rise Above has lots of playlists for your mind, however you are feeling and aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16.
The Think Ninja app educates 10–18-year-olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well.
The Every Mind Matters website aims to support everyone, including children and young people, to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing by promoting a range of self-care actions.
The Young Minds website provides online information on mental health support to children and young people.
Resources from University of Bath and the Tell Me about Loneliness project provide advice and tips about how to tackle loneliness and are thoroughly rooted in evidence of young people’s experiences during loneliness.
The Let’s Talk Loneliness campaign website provides a whole host of resources and information for those feeling lonely, including blogs and podcasts from those who have experienced loneliness.
Children and young people can access free confidential support anytime from government-backed voluntary and community sector organisations by:
The First Response 24/7 freephone line is for people in Norfolk and Suffolk and is for anyone who feels their mental health is being adversely affected and need help. It is staffed by mental health professionals from NSFT, to provide reassurance, self-help advice, support and signposting.
At Ormiston Denes Academy, we strive to ensure all students are supported so that they are able to achieve their full potential. At our disposal, we have a highly experienced and effective pastoral team, with a broad range of specialist knowledge and understanding. This student-centered integrated team includes:
Please see below for guidance on;
If parents or carers have any concerns about children’s mental health, they should seek support. You can find a list of support available in your area via the Youth Wellbeing Directory, or a list of helplines in this resource library.
You could also contact:
School Nursing hub – 03456078866
School Nursing Chat Health text messaging service – 07507 333 356 (Monday – Friday 9-4.30pm, not available bank holidays)
SHOUT – text ‘Shout’ to 85258 for 24/7 crisis text support
Childline – under 19s can call 0800 1111 for free support
Education Support – school staff can call 08000 562 561 or text 07909 341229 for 24/7 help and advice
YoungMinds Parents Helpline – Call 0808 802 5544 for free Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 4pm
Kooth is a transformational digital mental health support service. It gives children and young people easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors.
Kooth are offering young people’s webinars in Norfolk and Waveney. See below for more information and to book.
Click the link below to sign up.
Public Health Suffolk has created a suicide prevention information leaflet aimed at supporting those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. It is essential that people have access to the correct information, and resources that will help them when they are feeling desperate and unsafe.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, mental health first aid teaches how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.
The MHFA course is an internationally recognised course designed specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 8 to 18 years.
The course includes:
Three members of staff have completed the MHFA course:
This year, Her Majesty the Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, various events have been taking place in the academy, and this morning staff and students came together […]
The canteen staff have prepared some Platinum Jubilee treats for the street party on the field today! At lunchtime, students will get the chance to enjoy Victoria sponge muffins, jammie shortbread crowns and cheese and fruit mini scones and also enjoy a variety of games!
Ormiston Denes Academy students are delighted to be presenting a cheque to the Norfolk LGBT+ Project after their fundraising production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream .The PRIDE production, the first ever held at the academy, was entirely run by students and audiences made a charitable donation in exchange for their tickets. A total of £150 […]
Save the date! Saturday 16th July 2022 11.00am – 2.30pm. We can’t wait for the return of our summer fete this year and welcome you all to join us! Free entry and fun, for family and friends! There will be lots happening on the day… • Live performances. • Workshops. • Exhibitions. • Refreshments. • […]
Our Eco Council are participating in the national The Big Plastic Count next week. We have bins in school for students to put their used plastics in, and we would also encourage you to take part at home. Full details are on student’s Personal Development Google Classrooms, and tally sheets can be collected from Mrs […]
Today, 12th May is Celebrating Women In Maths Day. We are celebrating as we have some fabulous maths leaders at Ormiston Denes Academy.
Calling all former students! To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we are opening our doors to any alumni who studied at our school at any time since our Queen succeeded to the throne on 6th February 1952, on the death of her father, King George VI. We’d love you to join us on Thursday 26th […]
After meeting with Sally from Get Suffolk Reading, a National Literacy Trust project running in Lowestoft, we have very kindly been donated a large number of books on a range of topics including, equality and diversity and LGBTQ, kindness journals and a large supply of Marcus Rashford’s book “You are a Champion, how to be […]
Ormiston Denes Academy sends good luck wishes to all Year 6 students who are taking their SATs next week. We are also looking forward to meeting all the students and their families who are coming to us later this year!