Wellbeing Providers and Sources of Help
Sources of Individual Support and Help
The Education Support Partnership is a charity. Their free helpline, staffed by trained counsellors, is available to all teachers, lecturers and staff in education (primary, secondary, further or higher education) in England, Wales and Scotland 24/7, 365 days a year.
Grants are also available for staff who are facing financial hardship.
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If you’re struggling and you’re not sure if you want to live or die, can you - just for now - hold off making this decision and keep reading and watching the videos at https://stayingsafe.net for some ideas about how to get through.
There may be things that you - and other people - can do to make things better.
You may have found yourself wishing that you were dead, or perhaps thinking that the people who you care about would be better off without you but with support you can choose to live.
Even situations that seem almost impossible to face can feel different if you remind yourself that feelings don’t last forever and you have an idea of what you can do to get through this painful time. Please share our hope that you can find a way forward.
Click on the provider's logo or on the link below the description to be taken to their website or to email them. We are happy to recommend them. However, please do your own fact-finding, as we are unable to guarantee that any of the wellbeing providers will be right for you or your school.
None of the wellbeing providers pay to feature on our website.
Julia Organ: UK Executive Director
The MindUP curriculum is derived from psychological theory and informed by research in the fields of developmental neuroscience, contemplative science and mindfulness, social and emotional learning, and positive psychology. MindUP is a simple- to-administer mindfulness-based education SEL programme that consists of 15 lessons taught approximately once a week, with each lesson lasting approximately 40–50 min.
The core mindfulness practices in the programme (done every day for 3 min three times a day) consist of focusing on one’s breathing and attentive listening to a single resonant sound. The curriculum includes lessons that promote Executive Functions and self-regulation (e.g., mindful smelling, mindful tasting), social and emotional understanding (e.g., using literature to promote perspective-taking skills and empathy), and positive mood (e.g., learning optimism, practicing gratitude).
North West Autism and SEND Consultancy
Emma founded North-West Autism and SEND Consultancy, based in Wigan. She is an Autism-
specific teacher with over 16 years teaching experience.
Emma delivers Autism-focused training, SEND training and Licensed Lego Therapy training, enabling teachers to deliver Lego Therapy to children who benefit from social and communication therapeutic interventions.
Emma also works for the National Autistic Society as a moderator to oversee Autism Accreditation in a wide range of educational settings .
North-West Autism and SEND Consultancy is currently delivering training on child mental health, supporting vulnerable adults in schools in the education sector within a Safeguarding context, and Autism and Anxiety
We are expanding our reach this academic year and would welcome the opportunity to deliver our popular training courses outside the North-West.
Please click on our logo to visit our website.
SAS-fit Functional Integrated Therapy
You can read how SAS-fit provided therapy for a teacher who had been assaulted by a pupil by clicking on the company logo
"SAS-fit is a specialist welfare company, with a passion for bespoke, drug-free therapy.
They have proven efficacy for delivering solutions, even in cases where previous therapy has not.
Launched in 2012, SAS-fit adopts a person-centred approach, providing immediate access to therapy, and a unique treatment plan to address your symptoms, your triggers and how you are affected. A single two-hour appointment has been described as ‘Life-Changing’,
With a network of clinics and therapists across the UK, extensive knowledge and experience in Education, and a suite of therapies that are not available from your GP, or the NHS, they have the solution that you are looking for.
SAS-fit specialise in conditions such as PTSD, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, ME, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, OCD, ADHD, ADD, as well as confidence, fear, motivation, change, bereavement and many more
Visit www.sas-fit.com for more information and make contact for a confidential discussion about how we will help you to be the best you can be".
You can read how SAS-fit provided therapy for a teacher who had been assaulted by a pupil by clicking on their logo above
The Inner Child Ltd
The Inner Child community is based on a core belief that mental health and wellbeing challenges are a normal part of our modern lives, that we can manage them with awareness and the appropriate support and kindness. Through acceptance, openness, and workplace flexibility, everyone can be healthy and continue to add huge value to their work endeavours.
There is also a company behind this community that provides executive level coaching, team and systemic coaching, physical coaching through awareness of your body being more than a vehicle for your head, psychometrics, Lego® Serious Play® tools and techniques, and much more.
You can find out more about Steve's work at www.findtic.com and contact him at email@example.com or on +44(0)7714721508
Juliet Adloune: Mental Health First Aid Instructor
Juliet Adloune, based in Cambridgeshire, has worked as an adviser and consultant in school improvement for over 15 years. She has previous experience in teaching in Primary schools and leadership experience at all levels, including Headship.
Following training accredited by The Royal Society of Public Health, Mental Health First Aid England has now allowed Juliet to deliver Adult MHFA courses which are internationally recognised training courses. Juliet has a strong commitment to promoting mental health and well-being for all adults in schools and is therefore offering courses at reduced rates for school staff and Governors.
Contact Juliet at firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher Coach (USA)
Teacher Coach is the first hybrid training platform for educators and parents, generating revenue for the school district. Teacher Coach is a virtual training medium, providing personal growth and professional development through online learning, coaching and webinars. Through their innovative Learning Engagement System (LES), districts can build a custom library and even create/sell their own training.
Branded dedicated district portals, monitored through a control management system, deliver their brief learning instalments from national experts in multiple fields, supporting educators' busy schedules. Financial support from local, regional, and state sponsors helps subsidise training for the district.
Visit Teacher Coach's website at: https://www.teachercoach.com
Rainbow Education Group
Gail has been working within HR and Education for 22 years and is passionate about developing the self-awareness and Emotional Intelligence of young people in order to enhance their future employability. As a Supply Teacher, Gail works with children and teaching staff on a regular basis.
She is currently championing the use of 'Insights' to enhance the self-perception, confidence and communication skills of teenagers. The 'Insights Discovery' evaluator is approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and uses four colours to represent how each person behaves. The evaluator is a questionnaire based on word pairs; the responses produce an Insights Personal Profile. Gail is committed to using Insights to provide bespoke CPD to teaching staff.
Gail is also an advocate for Well-being and Resilience Training, drawing on Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques & her extensive experience of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Gail has a BA (Hons) in Applied Human Communication and an NVQ (Level 3) in Training and Development. She is a Fellow of the RSA: '21st Century Enlightenment', and a dedicated mother to two young teenage girls and a dog called Topsy.
Contact Gail at: email@example.com and visit her website at: www.rainboweducationgroup.com
Coach & Educational Consultant
Having been a senior leader in school, including four Deputy Headships in Inner London secondary schools, Trish retrained to become a professional leadership coach and now specialises in coaching leaders in education.
Trish is passionate about education and works in schools to support senior leaders in these difficult but potentially rewarding times.
Trish's experience enables her to understand the complexities of the problems brought by senior leaders to the coaching relationship. She places teachers' wellbeing at the centre of her work and the development of emotional intelligence at the heart of the school community.
Visit Trish's website at: www.trishdooley.com
Listening to Your Voice
Listening To Your Voice is about transformation. Ruth Pearson offers bespoke training and coaching services to schools and other places of learning. All services are based on the coaching and training model called 5STEPS2LEARN which Ruth developed. This programme integrates leadership, learning and wellbeing. She works with others to prevent work-related stress but also shares practical ways to bounce back from stressful times in life which could be personal, professional or both.
Ruth's services are delivered in person, in and around London, but online services are also available. Listening to Your Voice helps individuals and teams to take responsibility for their wellbeing by teaching them strategies on how to have a positive mindset and use others in their life to proactively manage changes.
Visit Ruth's website at: https://www.listeningtoyourvoice.co.uk
The Vitality Fairy
Julie Silver is known as The Vitality Fairy and the author of 'Food Awakening - Nutrition for NOW'. She is a qualified nutritional therapist and stress management consultant who offers one-to-one nutrition consultations, healthy eating workshops, corporate wellness programmes and talks and workshops in various organisations. Julie has diplomas in nutrition, stress management & holistic therapies. She writes health information for many publications and blogs and she has appeared on TV & Radio inspiring others to live to their true potential.
More on Julie's website at: www.vitalityfairy.co.uk
Offer health checks to your teachers and support staff
Take action - increase wellbeing
Do you offer workplace health checks for your staff? An unhealthy and unhappy workforce can be costly:
Evidence shows that workplace health initiatives can deliver a wide range of benefits, to both employers and staff. Staff enjoy improved wellbeing, and workplace health checks can even pick-up conditions before they cause symptoms. Employees working for firms that promote wellness are more likely to be engaged, and think positively of their employers.British Heart Foundation research shows that employers who invest in appropriate and successful workplace health initiatives have the potential to see a return on investment of between £2 and £34 for every £1 spent. Typically, programmes that address overall health pay back over two to three years, while more targeted interventions – such as weight management, or smoking cessation - can be even quicker.
Liaise with your local Health Authority to request support to provide health checks in your school.
Return to Teach
'Return to Teach is a unique solution for teachers and schools looking for flexible working. Return to Teach matches schools willing to provide flexible working with teachers who are looking to work flexibly.
Follow Return to Teach on Twitter and Instagram.
Click on the logo to learn more about how we match teachers that want to work flexibly with schools that need experienced teachers'.
Should you have the flu jab?
Don't wait - Vaccinate!
The average absence due to flu is one week.
If your school pays for 50 staff who are not eligible for a free flu jab to be vaccinated, it will cost no more than paying for a supply teacher for two days. It makes wellbeing sense. It makes financial sense.
Yes - you should have the flu jab: if you are over 65. Or if you have any of the following conditions, irrespective of your age:
Your GP may advise you to have a flu jab if you have serious liver disease or a neurological condition such as multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy or learning disability.
If you are pregnant, you should also have the flu jab. Vaccinations are free from your GP for the above groups.
For staff who fall outside these groups, the cost of flu jabs is usually no more than £10 from pharmacies. Why not ask your school to pay for vaccinations for staff who are not eligible for a free jab? You may be able to arrange for a local store or pharmacy to visit your school, college or university.
Click on the image of the needle to find out more about the flu vaccination.
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