Front line workers Taught training sessions All classroom based training organised by Warrington’s Public Health Team has been cancelled, until further notice. This is in response to government guidance and the need for social distancing. There are however several national organisations offering free e-learning sessions on mental health and suicide prevention. Details of these can be found here. Click here for information about COVID-19 and mental wellbeing Mental health and physical health Mental health and physical health are interrelated in a complex way, because of this it's important to consider a patient's or client's mental health needs when they come to you about a physical health problem. Similarly it's important to consider an individual's physical health needs, if they come to you with a mental health problem. Click the following link for a PDF of the tool Discussing Mental Wellbeing During Brief Interventions. This tool was developed by Champs (the Public Health Collaborative Service) to help professionals raise the issue of mental health with patients/clients. It's based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, simple, evidence-based actions which, if practiced regularly, have been shown to increase people's sense of wellbeing. Physical health resources for health professionalsResearch has shown that people with severe mental health problems die on average, significantly younger than the general population, often from preventable physical diseases. The mental health charity Rethink has developed a range of free resources to help health professionals address the physical health needs of people with mental health problems. The resources include the following: The physical health check tool: which is designed to help health professionals monitor the physical health of people with severe mental health problems. It assesses and identifies key physical health concerns and has sections on lifestyle, symptoms, screening and an action plan. The tool helps health professionals and people with severe mental health problems to develop plans to address unmet physical health needs. The e-learning package: which highlights key risks to physical health and aims to help mental health professionals develop their skills and awareness around physical health issues. The GP toolkit: a guide on how GPs can make their surgeries more accessible to people with mental health problems. It covers the practicalities of making reasonable adjustments in line with the Equality Act 2010. Visit Rethink's website We are UndefeatableThis campaign aims to encourage people with long term health conditions to be more physically active. You can order free campaign resources from Public Health England’s (PHE) Campaign Resource Centre. The materials include hard copies and downloadable electronic resources. A number of the resources focus on the benefits of physical activity for someone experiencing depression and anxiety. The campaign was developed by Sport England along with 15 health and social care charities. Links to information, resources and services You can use the blue rectangular buttons above to locate information about services and support for people of different ages. The links below offer information and resources which can be passed onto patients/clients, or used to raise awareness of mental health issues. Warrington Wellbeing The Warrington Wellbeing Team helps people get the information, advice and practical support they need to improve their health and wellbeing. The Team can offer free one to one support, to help people (aged 16+) manage things like loneliness, money worries, health problems and reducing smoking. Some information and advice is provided by the Team members themselves, but when specialist advice is needed Wellbeing staff will refer people on to the appropriate service. For more information people can drop into the Warrington Wellbeing office (at the Gateway on Sankey Street, opposite the town hall and the golden gates) ring 01925 248460, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Referrals can be made into the service, by using the online referral form on this page. Mental Health Resources The MindEd site offers e-learning resources for anybody working with children and young people aged 0-18. The aim of the e-learning materials is to give people the confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly. MindEd was built by a consortium of organisations with funding from the Department of Health. The consortium includes the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of General Practitioners. There are also pages on the MindEd site for families themselves. Different sections provide resources and learning for families with children and families which are supporting older people. The Patient.info site has pages about mental health, which are aimed at the general public. These cover information and advice on different diagnoses and treatments, as well as self-help strategies. There are also pages for health professionals. Reading Well Books on PrescriptionThis national initiative enables GPs and mental health professionals to prescribe CBT based self-help books to patients experiencing certain issues. The conditions the books relate to include depression, anxiety, sleep problems and chronic pain. The aim is to help patients better understand and manage their condition. The scheme works within NICE guidelines, and uses 30 self-help books endorsed by health partners. The books can be borrowed free from Warrington libraries. For details about the Warrington Books on Prescription Scheme and to see the range of recommended books visit LiveWire Libraries' Books on Prescription page. If your patient/client likes reading then they might also be interested in the Read to Relax groups in Warrington and the Reading Agency's Mood-Boosting book list. Mental health information in translationThe following sites all have information about a range of mental health problems or treatments, in a number of different languages: Royal College of PsychiatristsThis links lists twenty one different languages and the range of mental health information which is available in each. The NHS website This website has a number of pages on mental health and wellbeing. Information on the NHS website can be translated using Google Translate. Once you are on the site, just click on the ‘translate’ tab (at the top right of the page above the search box) and choose the language you want. Warrington Public Health The public health pages on Warrington Borough Council's website have a range of information about health and wellbeing in Warrington. The health areas covered include alcohol and drug use, healthy eating and healthy weight, healthy ageing, physical activity, sexual health, mental health, cancer, dementia and stopping smoking. There are also details of public health training and free activities and services which can help people look after their own health. Warrington Health Promotion Resource CentrePlease note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Resource Centre is currently closed. This means promotional materials can't be ordered, or booked out on loan at this time. The Resource Centre provides health education materials and resources, free of charge. Some of the resources relate specifically to mental health and wellbeing. Before you order, or book resources out on loan, you will need to become a member of the Resource Centre. Membership is free and is open to people who live or work in Warrington. To register as a member, click the "log in/register" link, which is top right on the homepage of the Resource Centre’s site. Visit the Resource Centre's website Free Happy? OK? Sad? materialsPlease note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Resource Centre is currently closed. This means promotional materials can't be ordered, or booked out on loan at this time. Flyers, posters and booklets signposting people to the Happy? OK? Sad? site are available from the Resource Centre. Pull up banners and bunting promoting the site, are also available on loan from the Resource Centre. Cognitive behavioural therapy based self-help resources The organisations below offer self-help resources and courses based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The materials and support available from these organisations complement Warrington's Connect 5 Mental Wellbeing training, as all are based on the same basic CBT principles. Get.gg Self HelpThis website offers a range of CBT self-help resources which can be downloaded free. The resources include worksheets, information sheets and MP3 files. Five AreasThis organisation provides a range of accessible resources based on CBT. The Five Areas site is aimed at practitioners who are supporting people to self-manage. A wide range of mental wellbeing booklets (known as “Little CBT Books”) can be bought from the Five Areas online shop. The partner site Living Life to The Full, has a range of online self-help courses and materials which are aimed at members of the public. Living Life to the FullThis site offers free online CBT-based, life-skills courses to members of the public. The courses aim to help people manage issues such as stress, worry or low mood. You can download free worksheets from the site, including planning sheets, worry strips and an anxiety diary sheet. The partner site Five Areas is aimed at practitioners. Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust - self-help bookletsThis site has a range of clear, easy to read, self-help booklets which are based on CBT. The booklets cover different aspects of mental wellbeing and mental health problems; they are available in a variety of formats; and can be downloaded free. There is also a free app for iPhone, iPad and Android, which allows you to access the full range of self-help booklets. Warrington based organisations offering CBT related supportIAPT - Talking Matters WarringtonThis service offers a range of talking treatments to people experiencing issues such as depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The treatments include disorder specific workshops, guided self-help and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). To use the service people need to be aged 16 or over and registered with a GP in Warrington. People can be referred into the service by a GP, or can refer themselves by ringing 01925 401720, using the form on the website, or attending the drop-in, which is every Monday, 1.00pm to 4.00pm, at 51 Bewsey Street, Warrington. Making Space This organisation offers a range of free, computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (cCBT) programmes, to people 16 and over. The programmes are confidential and people can refer themselves. To get the most out of the programmes, basic computer skills are desirable. People need to be registered with a GP in Warrington to use this service. cCBT can be an effective treatment for mild to moderate conditions such as low mood, worry, panic, agoraphobia, sleep problems and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The computerised programmes aim to help people recognise and challenge negative thinking and behaviour within themselves, and develop coping skills. Each person receives four to nine, weekly treatment sessions with one to one support. It's also possible to work through these programmes at home with weekly telephone support sessions. Suicide prevention resources Asking about suicide Research tells us that if we’re concerned someone might be feeling suicidal, then it’s important to ask them about suicide. This can be difficult, so listed below are links to free suicide prevention training and resources. The aim of these is to increase people's confidence to ask about suicide, and to help challenge stigma, raise awareness, and signpost people to support. For details of support services for people who feel suicidal (rather than downloadable resources) click here. For details of more general support click one of the blue age related buttons above, then look under the dark heading "Information and support" Stepping Up Flowchart, identifying suicide risk and keeping people safe This flowchart was developed by Warrington’s Public Health Team, for front line workers in Warrington. The flowchart guides people through possible questions to ask, if they’re concerned someone might be feeling suicidal. It also includes an explanation of the key routes into local mental health support services. The aims of the flowchart are to help identify when people might need intensive mental health support. Also to help people stay safe by raising awareness of support available within Warrington. To download a PDF of the flowchart click here. Let's Talk about Saving Lives General suicide prevention infographic The purpose of this resource is to enable people to feel more confident to help someone who is suicidal get the support they need. The infographic was developed by Warrington’s Public Health Team and contains much of the same information as the flowchart described above, but is a more visual guide. It also provides some basic statistical information about suicide; and has details of free suicide prevention training. To download a PDF of the general suicide prevention infographic click here. Workplace suicide prevention infographic This infographic is very similar to the general infographic described above, however it has a particular focus on suicide prevention in the workplace, especially the construction industry. The workplace infographic outlines what to do if someone is concerned about a workmate. It also includes basic statistical information about suicide; and has details of free suicide prevention training. To download a PDF of the workplace suicide prevention infographic click here. Suicide prevention useful resources An information sheet which includes details of many of the resources listed below can be downloaded as a PDF here. Suicide prevention training Details of free, online, suicide prevention training sessions, can be found here. PAPYRUS trainingPAPYRUS’ work focuses on preventing young suicide. The charity provides a range of training sessions to raise awareness of suicide and increase people's skills and confidence to offer support to young people who might be feeling suicidal. Individuals, or groups can buy places on the training, or organisations can commission training sessions for both young people and staff. More details about the range of training available, the dates, locations and costs, can be found on PAPYRUS' website. Visit PAPYRUS' website Free resources to download Anti-stigma resources It's thought that the stigma around mental health problems and suicide, is one of the reasons why people are often reluctant to talk about how they are feeling and to seek help. Because of this, suicide prevention work often focuses on talking and on challenging and reducing stigma. The campaigns below both offer free resources which can be used to increase people's understanding of mental health problems and to challenge stigma and discrimination. Time to ChangeTime to Change, the national mental health anti-stigma campaign, offers a wide range of downloadable resources, some can even be customized for your own event. The range of resources includes, anti-stigma materials for schools and workplaces, as well as posters, screen savers, postcards, bunting, email signatures and social media images. Stamp Out Stigma This campaign, run by North West Borough's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, aims to put an end to stigma relating to mental health problems and learning disabilities. Stamp Out Stigma's work focuses on a number of key areas: Enabling people, with lived experience of mental health stigma, to share their stories. Myth-busting common misconceptions about mental health conditions. Helping schools to raise awareness of mental health and learning disability stigma. Visit the Stamp Out Stigma webpages How to start that difficult conversation If you’re concerned that someone isn’t coping and might be feeling suicidal, it’s important to discuss your concerns with them, and to ask direct questions. People can be reluctant to raise the issue of suicide with someone they're worried about, due to concerns they might make things worse. Samaritans' website has a page on having a difficult conversation. This gives clear practical guidance on how to approach a conversation with someone you’re concerned about. It suggests questions you might ask, things you might do and gives tips for being a better listener The resources offered on PAPYRUS’ site include a “conversation starter” which can be downloaded. This guides people through how to start a conversation about suicide, and outlines useful questions to ask. Keep safe plans Some people find it helpful to write a keep safe plan, so that if they feel suicidal, they have a reminder of who they can contact and what helps them cope. The idea is that an individual writes the plan when they’re feeling well, so they have a personal strategy for coping, if they feel suicidal. A Keep Safe Plan doesn’t need to be complicated. It might just include: Numbers the person can ring Services the person can contact Distraction techniques and coping strategies that have worked for them in the past Other ways they might keep themselves safe and avoid acting on suicidal thoughts Each of the links below has a slightly different template for a Keep Safe Plan: Connecting with PeopleThe booklet “Feeling overwhelmed: helping you stay safe” includes a Keep Safe Plan. You can downloaded the booklet from this page. PAPYRUSPAPYRUS’ site has a resources page, with two different versions of a suicide safety plan which can be downloaded, along with a leaflet explaining what a suicide safety plan is. Other downloads on this site, which focus on helping young people cope, include: details of how to create a hope box or hope book suggested distraction techniques suggestions for coping strategies apps for wellbeing Stay Alive AppThe free Stay Alive App includes a template for safety plan and a range of other resources to help people stay safe. More details about the app are under the drop down heading "Stay Alive App" below. Booklets, factsheets & support guides - suicide prevention Below are details of resources relating to suicide prevention. Under the next drop down heading you'll find links to resources focusing on suicide bereavement. Connecting with People Connecting with People has developed three booklets, in partnership with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The aim of the booklets is to help people stay safe and cope. The booklets listed below can be downloaded from this page. Feeling on the edge: helping you through it for people at A&E due to self-harm or suicidal thoughts Feeling overwhelmed: helping you stay safe for anyone who’s struggling to cope U Can Cope to help young people develop the ability to cope Mind The national charity Mind, provides information on a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. Two of the booklets, relate to suicide. These booklets can be downloaded, using the links below: Supporting Someone Who Feels Suicidal Suicidal Feelings National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA)The NSPA's website brings together a range of suicide prevention resources produced by different organisations. These cover: policy and strategy data and analysis providing individual support local suicide prevention planning at risk populations toolkits and guides The materials can be downloaded from the NSPA's resources webpages. PAPYRUS PAPYRUS’ work focuses on preventing young suicide. The website has a section with resources which can be downloaded. The downloads include: templates for suicide safety plans a leaflet explaining suicide safety plans details of how to create a hope box or hope book suggested distraction techniques suggestions for coping strategies a conversation starter leaflets for young people and the adults supporting them Rethink Mental IllnessThe national mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness, has produced a wide range of factsheets on different aspects of mental health. A PDF of the factsheet "Supporting someone with suicidal thoughts" can be downloaded from the site. Zero Suicide Alliance In addition to the free, online, suicide prevention training session, the Zero Suicide Alliance also offers a range of free resources for print, or social media. These include posters, social media images and email signatures. The two booklets below and the other resources, can be downloaded from this page: Are you having suicidal thoughts Talking to someone who might be suicidal Booklets, factsheets & support guides - suicide bereavement The downloadable resources outlined below, focus on support for people bereaved or affected by suicide. Rethink Mental IllnessThis charity's range of factsheets includes one which focuses on bereavement by suicide. A PDF of the "Coping with loss" factsheet can be downloaded from the site. Samaritans’ Step by StepThe Step by Step service offers support, resources and practical advice to schools and colleges where young people have been impacted by an attempted or suspected suicide. Information and guidance is available on the Step by Step webpages and from the Step by Step Team of advisors. Support After Suicide PartnershipThis site brings together a range of resources for people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide. Two of the resources are the support guides below. Both booklets can be downloaded from the Partnership's website. Free hard copies of Help is at Hand can also be ordered from the site. Help is at Hand: support after someone may have died by suicide Finding the Words: how to support someone who has been bereaved and affected by suicide For details of bereavement support services (rather than downloadable resources) go to the adults' page, then: Scroll down to the dark heading “Information and support”. Then click the heading “Organisations offering bereavement support”. Some of the services listed in this section on the adults' page specialise in supporting people bereaved by suicide. Stay Alive App This free suicide prevention app includes details of crisis support across Cheshire and Merseyside, in addition to national services. The Stay Alive app is for anyone who feels suicidal. It's also designed to be useful to anyone concerned about someone else’s suicidal thoughts. The app includes: a safety plan reasons for living (which can be customised) a life box where people can store photos and memories that are important to them strategies for staying safe tips on how people can stay grounded, when they're feeling overwhelmed the option to create an interactive wellness plan details of local and national support services You can download the Stay Alive app free from the App Store or Google Play. More details about the app can be found on the Grassroots Suicide Prevention website. For staff supporting children and young people Signposting or referring children or young people into services This section of the site is aimed at workers who want information about referring or signposting a child or young person to a service for support with their mental health. Children and young people’s pageThere’s another page on the site aimed directly at children and young people. On the Children and Young People's page there's an additional list of local and national support services, to which you can signpost children and young people, or which they can access themselves, without referral. To find this list of services, go to the Children and Young People’s page, then scroll down to the dark heading “Information and support". Information for workers supporting children and young people The organisations listed below offer information, advice, support or treatment to children, young people and their families. Some also offer support or advice to school staff, youth workers and others who work with children and young people. Many of the services listed below are specialised and require referral by a professional working with the individual or family, though young people can access a number of the services themselves, without referral. Under each dropdown heading below you’ll find details of: Who the service is for What support the service offers How to refer a child or young person into the service How to contact the service Some entries also include referral forms that can be downloaded. In addition to the services listed under the dropdown headings on this page, you might also want to look at the two websites below: My Life Warrington: has details of organisations offering information, advice or support to people in Warrington. The areas the site covers include childcare, things to do, health and wellbeing, housing, support for carers, education and work, getting around, help in the home and community and money and legal advice. Ask Ollie: Warrington’s Local Offer website, provides information about support and services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The site has information about support linked to a wide range of issues, including health, child care, transport, education, social care, equipment, therapies and preparing for adulthood. Amparo - support following suicide Who the service is forThe Amparo service is for individuals and families who have been bereaved or affected by suicide. This covers people directly bereaved by suicide and people who found the deceased (including staff from blue light services who attended the scene). It also covers people affected by a suicide in their school, workplace or community. There isn't a lower age limit for the service, if a parent accessing the service has children, Amparo can also support the children and signpost them to appropriate services.Support the service offersIndividuals and familiesAmparo provides practical, confidential, one-to-one support for people following a suicide. This can be over the phone, or through home or community based visits. The aim is to ensure people bereaved or affected by suicide are able to get appropriate and timely practical and emotional support. The range of support available from Amparo includes help dealing with the Police and the Coroner, support at the inquest and help with media enquiries. Amparo also helps people identify what emotional support they might need, then refers or signposts people to the most appropriate support services in their local area. Support the service offersSchools and organisationsAmparo can provide support, in the form drop-in sessions, to schools and organisations affected by suicide. These sessions can lead to people referring themselves into the service. Referral into the servicePeople bereaved or affected by suicide can self-refer into the service. Coroners, health professionals and staff from statutory, community and voluntary sector services can also refer people into Amparo. The site includes web forms for self-referrals and referrals by agencies. To request support for a school, organisation, or community, the person who has identified a need, or the lead person, should get in touch with Amparo by phone or email.Tel. 0330 088 9255 Email email@example.com Visit Amparo's webpage Child Bereavement UK Who the service is forChild Bereavement UK supports and educates families, professionals and schools when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Support the service offersSupport is available via phone or email and includes: a confidential listening service advice, guidance and information signposting to other organisations Support for schoolsChild Bereavement UK has web pages specifically for schools with resources that can be downloaded or bought. Specialised training is also available, on which schools can buy places. For primary schools there's a free awareness programme, Elephant's Tea Party, which aims to help equip pupils with life skills to cope with bereavement. Accessing the serviceIndividuals and schools can contact the charity directly themselves. Tel. 01494 568917Tel. 0800 02 888 40 support and information Email firstname.lastname@example.org Visit Child Bereavement UK's website Community Paediatric Medical Services Who the service is forThe service is for children and young people experiencing one or more of the following issues: neurodevelopmental disorders - such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) neurodisability - such as cerebral palsy chromosomal abnormalities - such as Down's syndrome learning difficulties The service is open to children and young people aged 0–16, or up to 19 years, if they’re attending a special school. Support the service offers Community Paediatricians offer advice, support and treatment at the Child Development Centre and at clinics across Warrington. The aims are to help children, young people and their caregivers manage their condition; to reduce the likelihood of major intervention in the future; and to increase quality of life. The Community Paediatric Service is not a curative service, so children are discharged from the service when they, their carers, or others working with and supporting them, can manage their condition. Referral into the service Referrals can be made by health professionals, specialist teachers and educational specialists. Depending on the age of the child, the person referring them to the complex care panel should use the under four, or over four referral form. Referral forms sent to the Child Development Centre are processed weekly. The service has a waiting list for first appointments, but all children are seen within 18 weeks of referral. For general enquiries regarding Community Paediatrics, specific enquiries about a child, or questions about a referral please get in touch with your Health Visitor or School Nurse. (Contact details for School Nurses are under the "School Health Service" dropdown heading).Consultant Community PaediatricianChild Development CentreTel. 01925 867867 Visit Bridgewater NHS Trust’s website Educational Psychology Team Who the service is for Children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, such as: cognition and learning needs communication and interaction needs social, emotional and mental health needs other development needs The Educational Psychology Team typically work with children aged 0-25. Support the service offers Support is provided to children and young people through schools, or other educational settings. The involvement of the Educational Psychology Team can include: work at a whole school level research training for staff consultation relating to individual pupils direct assessment and intervention Referral into the service Requests for the Educational Psychology Team to work with an individual pupil (or a group of pupils) should be made by schools using the generic FSM01 request for involvement form. Once a term planning meetings are held with each school, at which the Educational Psychology Team's work is negotiated and agreed. Tel. 01925 442917 Email email@example.com IAPT - Talking Matters Warrington Who the service is for The service is for people aged 16 and over who are registered with a Warrington GP. The treatments are designed for people experiencing difficulties such as stress, low mood, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Support the service offersTreatments include psychological group work, guided self-help and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Staff offer free talks to schools (for staff and pupils aged over 16) and other organisations, to raise awareness of the service and the support it can offer. Referral into the servicePeople can be referred into the service by a GP, or can refer themselves by ringing, using the form on the website, or attending the drop-in, which is every Monday, 1.00pm to 4.00pm, at 51 Bewsey Street, Warrington. Tel. 01925 401720Visit Talking Matters Warrington's website Mind Works Mind Works runs regular drop-in sessions for young people, living in Warrington, who are under 18. The drop-in sessions give young people the opportunity to speak with a worker from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) about any concerns they have in relation to their mental health. Young people can attend the drop-in by themselves, or can take someone with them. No appointment, or referral is needed. Professionals and family members can also use the drop-in sessions, if they need advice for someone they’re working with, or for a young family member. Details of the Mind Works drop-ins, including times and venues, are on the website of North West Boroughs Healthcare. Relate Cheshire & Merseyside Who the service is for Individual young peopleRelate’s young people's counselling service is for any young person aged 11-18 who’s having difficulties such as depression, mental health problems, issues with parents or people at school. SchoolsIn schools Relate works largely with children and young people who have mild to moderate mental health difficulties (CAMHS Tiers 1 and 2). Support the service offers Individual young people Face to face, confidential counselling is available to young people in Warrington, at The Gateway, 85-101 Sankey Street, Warrington WA1 1SR. Relate’s counsellors offer young people support and opportunity to explore and make better sense of what’s happening in their lives. Young people can also talk to counsellors for free using the live webchat on Relate’s national website. SchoolsRelate’s counselling services can be bought in by schools. Children and young people see Relate counsellors about a range of different issues. These issues often include family breakdown, bullying and peer relationships, bereavement, the formation of new families or the absence of a family member in their life. Supervision and training is also offered to schools by Relate. Accessing the serviceTo access Warrington’s young people counselling service, children and young people aged 11-15 need to be referred by a parent or carer. Young people aged 16-18 can refer themselves. Referrals should be made by ringing or emailing, contact details are below. How to contact the service: Email Cheshire and Merseyside Relate on: firstname.lastname@example.orgRing Cheshire and Merseyside Relate: 0300 330 5793 SchoolsVisit the organisations' page of Relate Cheshire & Merseyside’s website. Young people's counsellingVisit the young people's counselling pages of Relate's website School Health Service Who the service is forSchool-aged children, young people and their families. Support the service offersThe School Health Team leads and delivers the Healthy Child Programme for school-aged children and young people. The community based teams work in partnership with school-aged children, young people and their families, schools and other health professionals. The aim of the service is to address health needs and to promote health and wellbeing, with a focus on early help and support. The School Health Service delivers a range of initiatives to promote children and young people's health and emotional wellbeing in schools and in the community, including: providing health information, advice and support assessing the health of children supporting young people who have particular medical needs providing training for education staff developing school health plans delivering classroom-based health education delivering immunisations delivering the national child measurement programme working with and referring to other agencies to safeguard and protect children and young people High school drop-in sessionsPupils can access confidential health advice and support at the weekly health and wellbeing drop-in sessions, which run at all Warrington’s high schools. Solution focused brief interventionThis therapy is aimed at young people aged 11-19 years, who are having difficulties with low mood, anxiety, stress, anger, bullying, self-esteem, or sleep. Solution focused brief intervention techniques are easy to learn; can help people recognize their strengths and personal resources; and can encourage people to focus on what’s going well. A maximum of six sessions is offered. The sessions can take place in school or at another location. Referral into the serviceReferrals are accepted from young people themselves and can also be made by parents, carers, school staff, health professionals and staff from social care or children’s services. There are two referral forms, a general form and a form for referring into solution focused brief intervention. School Health Teams East Team based at Spencer House, Birchwood Tel. 01925 843864 South Team based at Grappenhall Clinic Tel. 01925 867830 West Team based at Penketh Health Centre Tel. 01925 867927 Email ALWCH.email@example.com For more information visit the school nursing service pages on Bridgewater NHS Trust’s website. Warrington Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Warrington CAMHS supports children and young people, who are under 18, with emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. CAMHS provides assessment, treatment and signposting for young people using the national THRIVE framework. THRIVE is a tierless model, based on the needs of young people, rather than on diagnosis or severity of symptoms. Mind Works Children and young people can access support directly through the Mind Works drop-ins. Mind Works gives young people the opportunity to speak with a mental health professional for assessment, advice and signposting. Family members and professionals can also access the Mind Works drop-ins for advice. More details about Mind Works, including the times and venues of the drop-ins, are on the website of North West Boroughs Healthcare. CAMHS Community TeamCAMHS accepts referrals from front line workers such as GPs, school nurses and social workers. These and other professionals can download the CAMHS referral form from the health professionals' section of North West Boroughs Healthcare's site, to refer a child or young person they are supporting into the CAMHS Community Team. AdviceProfessionals can call CAMHS on 01925 575904 from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday for consultation, advice or to discuss an individual before making a referral. Young people and their family members can also call this number for advice. Out of hours - CAMHS Response TeamFor advice between 5.00pm and 9.00pm, professionals, young people and their family members can contact the CAMHS Response Team on 01744 627 618. The Response Team's number is staffed every day. Same day response - CAMHS Response TeamThe Response Team's number 01744 627 618, can also be called between 9.00am and 9.00pm by professionals, young people and their family members, who require a same-day response. If someone needs urgent help after 9.00pm, click “I need urgent help” on the home page of this site, to see details of the recommended route into services. Further information You can find more information about Warrington CAMHS on the health professionals’ section of North West Boroughs Healthcare’s website. There is also information about CAMHS, which is tailored for children, young people and families, on this page of the site. Young People’s Community Eating Disorder Service: Mid-Mersey Who the service is forThe Young People's Community Eating Disorder Service is for children and young people, who have symptoms of an eating disorder, are aged eight to 18 and live Warrington, Halton, Knowsley or St Helens. The service works with young people with different types of eating disorder including anorexia, bulimia and eating disorder not otherwise specified (also known as EDNOS). Support the service offersThe service provides assessment, treatment and support to young people with eating disorders and their families. Support offered includes one-to-one support, family therapy and support from a qualified dietitian. The service also works closely with local schools and colleges to raise awareness of eating disorders and to support the identification of eating disorders amongst pupils and staff. Referral into the serviceThe service accepts referrals from GPs, teachers, school nurses, social workers and other health professionals.Tel: 0151 430 1321Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit North West Borough's website Resources for children, young people & the adults who support them Listed below are sites which offer free resources relating to children and young people's mental health and wellbeing. Some are aimed directly at young people, others are designed for schools, parents and carers, or staff supporting young people. Most of the links listed below are to resources, rather than to support services. If you are looking for mental health support for an individual child or young person then you might also want to look under the heading "Signposting or referring children or young people into services" directly above. Another option is to go to the Children and Young People's page, then to click the dark, drop down heading "Information and support". Almost all the services listed on the children and young people's page can be accessed by children and young people themselves (they don't need to be referred in). Resources, services and campaigns for schools Each of the sites below has mental health resources, services or campaigns specifically designed for schools. Some of the sites also have more general resources or support for young people, so might be worth looking, at even if you're not linked to a school. Children’s Mental Health Week This site, was developed by the charity Place2B, to support Children’s Mental Health Week, which takes place in February each year. The free resources include activities and ideas to help primary and secondary school pupils explore and understand mental and physical wellbeing. There are sections on the site for schools and youth groups and for parents and carers, each has their own set of resources.The school resources for 2020 include: assembly guides worksheets group activities resource lists tip tips Resources from Children’s Mental Health Week in previous years are also available to download from the site. These materials focus on resilience, kindness, celebrating uniqueness and being healthy inside and out. Visit the website of Children’s Mental Health Week Mental Health First Aid This organisation has produced a set of free mental health resources for parents, carers and staff who work with young people aged 8-24. The aim of the #HandsUp4HealthyMinds toolkit is to help adults have conversations with young people about mental health. The toolkit includes: infographics GIFs videos downloadable materials for young people an online quiz a PowerPoint presentation on why mental health matters in schools Visit MHFA’s website Mental Health Foundation As part of the “Make it Count” campaign, the Mental Health Foundation has produced guides for pupils, parents and teachers. You can download the guides from the links below: Make it Count: Guide for pupilsThis guide explains what mental health is and outlines ways in which children and young people can look after their mental health. It also lists support services. Make it Count: Guide for parents and carersThis guide covers what mental health is and ways in which parents and carers can help young people look after their mental health. Details of websites offering further information or support are also included. Make it Count: Guide for teachersThis guide aims to help teachers create a classroom and school environment where children can thrive and develop good mental health. Mentally Healthy Schools The Mentally Health Schools' site offers information and resources to help staff in primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. The site is divided into four sections: Teaching resources: which focuses on how schools can promote and build pupils' mental health and wellbeing. This section includes a range of quality-assured teaching resources. Risks and protective factors: which explores how schools can identify children who might face greater risks. This section provides resources to help protect against risk and to build children’s resilience. Mental health needs: which focuses on children who are struggling, or who are experiencing mental health problems. This section aims to help schools understand their role and how they can help promote recovery. Whole-school approach: which aims to help school leaders develop support across the whole school, to enable children, families and staff to thrive. Visit the Mentally Healthy Schools website PAPYRUS PAPYRUS’ work focuses on preventing young suicide. Some of the resources and services available from the charity have been developed specifically for schools. #SavetheClass campaign: this aims to raise awareness of the issue of suicide in schoolchildren; and to highlight what can be done to help prevent young suicide. Building Suicide-Safer Schools and Colleges, a guide for teachers and staff (PDF): the purpose of the guide is to help equip teachers with skills and knowledge to support young people who may be having suicidal thoughts. Suicide prevention training: Individuals, or groups can buy places on the training, or organisations, such as schools, can commission sessions on suicide prevention for both young people and staff. Rise Above for Schools This programme was developed by Public Health England in collaboration with teachers and 10 to 16 year olds. It provides flexible teaching resources, such as lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations for KS3 and KS4 PSHE curriculum topics. All the materials are free to download or access online, some are suitable for Year 6.The areas covered include: sleep dealing with change transition to secondary school puberty bullying and cyberbullying smoking online stress and fear of missing out (FOMO) alcohol exam stress body image in a digital world forming positive relationships Visit the Rise Above webpages Samaritans’ Step by Step The Step by Step service offers support, resources and practical advice to schools and colleges where young people have been impacted by an attempted, or suspected suicide. Information and guidance is available on the website and from the Step by Step Team of advisors. The resource "Help When We Needed it Most", can be downloaded from the site. Visit Samaritans' website Samaritans' DEAL (Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening) DEAL is a free web based teaching resource, for use with young people (aged 14 and over). The DEAL materials aim to help young people develop resilience, coping strategies and communication skills. The resource was developed by Samaritans in consultation with young people and schools. DEAL’s lesson plans, activities, hand-outs, digital resources, teachers’ notes and staff training materials can all be downloaded free. Visit Samaritans' website Talks in schoolsSamaritans' volunteers from local branches are sometimes available to visit schools to talk to pupils. The talks can be about Samaritans, or about emotional health. The number for the local branch is below. Warrington, Halton & St Helen’s SamaritansTel. 01925 235000 Schools in Mind Schools in Mind is a free network for school leaders, teachers and support staff. The network provides information and resources to enable schools to support the mental health and wellbeing of their pupils, students and staff. By signing up to the network schools can access a range of free mental health and wellbeing resources, events, training and consultations. The website's free downloads include: Talking Mental Health an animation and teacher toolkit for pupils in years 5 and 6 We All Have Mental Health an animation and teacher toolkit for pupils in years 7 to 9 The following guidance for parents, carers and school staff can also be downloaded from the site: Talking mental health with a young person (for parents and carers) Supporting staff wellbeing in schools Supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools Tools for measuring wellbeing in primary and secondary schools and in colleges Visit the Schools in Mind webpages Stamp Out Stigma The Stamp Out Stigma campaign aims to put an end to stigma relating to mental health problems and learning disabilities. The campaign’s work focuses on a number of key areas: Enabling people, with lived experience of mental health stigma, to share their stories. Myth-busting common misconceptions about mental health conditions. Helping schools to raise awareness of mental health and learning disability stigma. On the schools’ resources page you can download lesson plans for primary schools and secondary schools. Visit Stamp Out Stigma's webpages Time to Change Time to Change, the national anti-stigma campaign, has suggestions for how schools and youth workers can talk to pupils, colleagues, parents and carers about mental health. The school and youth focussed resources that can be downloaded free include: Session plans Blogs and videos Materials for assemblies Exercise sheets Leaflets and other resources to engage parents and carers Short presentations Sessions for staff Visit Time to Change's website Young Minds The Young Minds website has a number of pages with free mental health and wellbeing resources for schools. The areas covered on the school resources' pages include: Mentally healthy schools 360 degree school community Transitioning from primary to secondary school The wellbeing of school staff and parents Academic resilience Visit Young Minds pages for schools Resources, fact sheets and leafletsFree resources, fact sheets and leaflets relating to young people's mental health, can be downloaded from the following sites. These resources are aimed at young people, parents, carers and staff working with young people: PAPYRUS PAPYRUS’ website has a Help and Advice Resources page. The aim of the resources is to help young people who might be thinking of suicide, stay safe. There are also resources for those supporting young people. The downloads include: a safety plan, details of how to create a hope box, suggested distraction techniques and tips on how to start a conversation about suicide. A range of leaflets about PAPYRUS' service and issues young people might be experiencing, can also be downloaded free, from the resources page. Visit PAPYRUS' resources page Royal College of Psychiatrists This site has clear, non-medical information for parents, carers and young people on a wide range of issues including: Different mental health diagnoses Experiences and life events which can impact on mental health Good parenting The information can be printed from the site, or bought as leaflets. Visit the RCPsych's website Schools in Mind The Schools in Mind webpages have leaflets and booklets for children and young people, parents, carers and teachers. The publications can be downloaded free and include the following: Talking mental health with a young person (for parents and carers) Supporting staff wellbeing in schools Supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools Tools for measuring wellbeing in primary and secondary schools and in colleges Visit the Schools in Mind webpages Young Minds The resources section on the Young Minds site has a page with booklets and leaflets relating to children and young people's mental health. These publications can be downloaded free, or bought as hard copies. The booklets and leaflets cover a wide range of issues including coping with pressure at school, anger, self-harm, eating disorders, depression and bullying. Some of the publications are written for children or young people, some are written for adults. Visit Young Minds' publications page 7 Sheets of Paper - CBT based worksheets This is a set of worksheets based on cognitive behavioural therapy. The purpose of the materials is to help people explore issues such as unhelpful thinking styles, worry or anxiety. Also to help people learn practical techniques, such as problem solving. The resources aren’t specifically aimed at children and young people, but are bold, clear and colourful. The worksheets can be downloaded free from the Living Life to the Full website. Visit LLTTF's website Free campaign resources for young people In Your Corner campaign The young In Your Corner campaign is aimed largely at young men, but the campaign messages are relevant to all young people. The aim of the campaign is to encourage young people to look out for their mates; and to be more supportive of people who experience mental health problems. Warrington's In Your Corner campaign resources Please note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Resource Centre is currently closed. This means promotional materials can't be ordered, or booked out on loan at this time. Groups and organisations in Warrington can book the In Your Corner campaign stool* and banner, to help challenge stigma and raise young people’s awareness of mental health problems. Each venue which hosts the stool and banner will also receive an information pack. The pack includes an explanation of the young people’s campaign and Warrington specific resources relating to young people’s mental health. You can book the stool and banner from Warrington Health Promotion Resource Centre. You will need to sign up as a member of the Resource Centre first. To do this, once on the Resource Centre's site, click the "log in/register" link, which is top right on the homepage.There are local In Your Corner materials for adult men too, so when you book the stool and banner please make it clear whether you want the resources for adult men, or for young people. You can read more about the national In your Corner campaign and the adult men's campaign for Warrington here. * The "In Your Corner" stool is the type used by a corner man in a boxing match. The corner man’s role is to assist his teammate in the ring. National In Your Corner campaign resourcesThe national Time to Change site has In Your Corner materials for schools, which can be downloaded free. These resources include: four scripted session plans video clips a range of posters and materials a booklet of ideas for getting the whole school community involved The national materials, complement the local In Your Corner resources, as they promote similar messages. However as these materials are national, they don’t include local signposting, as the Warrington In Your Corner materials do. Training relating to children and young peopleSeveral national organisations offer free e-learning sessions on mental health and suicide prevention. A number of these relate to children and young people. Click here for more details. Training for front line workers and volunteers Basic Suicide Prevention Training Who can attend the Basic Suicide Prevention session? This training session is open to front line workers and volunteers from not-for-profit organisations, which support Warrington residents. The session is aimed at workers who want a basic understanding of suicide and to feel more confident about discussing the issue with people they're concerned about.PurposeThe purpose of the training is to: enable people to recognise when someone might feel suicidal increase people’s confidence to raise the issue of suicide with people they're concerned about increase people’s knowledge of support services Learning outcomesAfter the session we anticipate people will: be able to identify signs that might suggest someone is thinking about suicide be able to recognise risk and identify key risk factors have increased confidence to ask direct questions about suicide be able to list key support services for people who feel suicidal Content The areas the session covers include: what can make people vulnerable to suicide warning signs to look out for how to ask people whether they’re thinking about suicide protective factors recognising risk local and national support services free suicide prevention resources The session involves a PowerPoint presentation, large group discussion, small group work and exercises in pairs. Handouts are provided after the training in electronic format. The session concentrates on adults (rather than children and young people). Focus of the trainingThis isn’t a therapeutic session, it’s a practical, structured session, offering techniques and information to enable people to feel more confident to intervene, if they think someone is suicidal. We know that at times people can find suicide prevention training difficult because of personal experiences. The training might stir up difficult feelings for some, so we ask that individuals choose a time to attend when they feel able to manage any difficult feelings that may arise for them. For information about support services for people who feel suicidal, or who have been bereaved by suicide click the blue "adults click here" button above and look under the headings "Organisations offering bereavement support" and "If you need help right now". DurationThe session is three and a half hours long. Where will the training session be held? The session will be held at St Werburghs Development Centre, Boswell Avenue, Warrington, WA4 6DQ. Registering and booking onto the sessionThe online booking system means you can see the range of training sessions on offer and book yourself on. If it's your first time visiting the site, you'll need to register before you can book on to a training session. Just go to the Public Health Training pages, click the “register” link, or the "sign up" link, fill in the form and submit. It may take one or two working days before you receive confirmation that your registration is complete. If you've booked on to a training session through this system before then you'll already be registered and once you’ve logged into the site you’ll be able to book places on the training sessions. Booking queriesIf you have queries about the booking process, please email email@example.com Is there a cost?The Basic Suicide Prevention training is free to front line workers and volunteers from for not-for-profit organisations, which support people in Warrington. However, there is a charge for non-attendance, late cancellation and attending if you’re not eligible. Details of charges can be found in the “Terms and Conditions, Cancellation and Non-attendance Policy” on the Public Health training pages. Free online suicide prevention trainingWe would encourage anyone interested in suicide prevention training to attend the taught session, described above. We recognise however, that this might not be possible for everyone. If you are unable to attend the taught session, then you might be interested in one of the free online suicide prevention training sessions. Details of these can be found under the heading Free online suicide prevention training below. As the online sessions are national, they don’t cover details of Warrington’s mental health support services, but you can find information about how to access local support services by clicking one of the age related buttons above, then looking under the dark heading information and support. Alternatively, click I need urgent help, for details of how to get support if someone can't cope and needs help right now. Connect 5, Mental Wellbeing Training Programme Who can attend the Connect 5 Mental Wellbeing training sessions? The Connect 5 training is open to front line workers and volunteers from not-for-profit organisations, which support Warrington residents. The training is aimed at people whose work role includes supporting others to improve their mental wellbeing.Purpose The purpose of the Connect 5 Training Programme is to increase your confidence and skills to work collaboratively with individuals, to enable them to improve their mental wellbeing. The specific aims of each Connect 5 session and the learning outcomes for each session are listed under the blue dropdown headings below.ContentThe Connect 5 training is based on a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach. This approach can help people to recognise and change some of the unhelpful patterns of thinking or behaviour that are behind their difficulties. By making small changes people can learn to manage difficult situations more easily; and can improve the way they feel. Each Connect 5 session is practical and interactive, involves a PowerPoint presentation, large group discussion, small group work and exercises in pairs.DurationConnect 5 session 1 is three and a half hours long, sessions 2 and 3 are each a day long. Where will the sessions be held?The sessions will be held at different venues across Warrington. Registering and booking onto the sessionThe online booking system means you can see the range of training sessions on offer and book yourself on. If it's your first time visiting the site, you'll need to register before you can book on to a training session. Just go to the Public Health Training pages, click the “register” link, or the "sign up" link, fill in the form and submit. It may take one or two working days before you receive confirmation that your registration is complete. If you've booked on to a training session through this system before then you'll already be registered and once you’ve logged into the site you’ll be able to book places on the training sessions. Booking queriesIf you have queries about the booking process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Is there a cost?The Connect 5 Mental Wellbeing training is free to front line workers and volunteers from for not-for-profit organisations, which support people in Warrington. However, there is a charge for non-attendance, late cancellation and attending if you’re not eligible. Details of charges can be found in the “Terms and Conditions, Cancellation and Non-attendance Policy” on the Public Health training pages. Do I need to attend all three Connect 5 sessions?Depending on how much one-to-one work you do with people experiencing poor mental wellbeing, you might find it useful to attend all three of the Connect 5 training sessions, just session 1, or just sessions 1 and 2.If you plan to attend more than one of the Connect 5 sessions, then you must attend them in numerical order, as each builds on the previous one. Also, we recommend that the time between each Connect 5 session you attend, is not more than six months.The three Connect 5 training sessions are: Connect 5 session 1: Brief Mental Wellbeing Advice (3.5 hours) The aims of Session 1: Brief Mental Wellbeing Advice are to help you to: better understand language around mental health, mental wellbeing and mental illness learn about local services and self-help resources available become more confident about offering wellbeing advice and support within your everyday work or volunteering role Target audience for session 1:Front line workers or volunteers who want to help people to improve their mental health and wellbeing.Learning outcomes After session 1 we anticipate people will be able to: explain mental health and wellbeing through different public health models describe qualities and attitudes needed for promoting mental health and wellbeing talk with people about their mental health and wellbeing with increased skills and confidence give examples of the benefits of self-help and describe a range of self-help resources list several mental health support services and how to access them Connect 5 session 2: Brief Mental Wellbeing Intervention (full day) The aims of Session 2: Brief Mental Wellbeing Intervention This session aims to help you develop understanding, skills and confidence, so you can enable individuals, who are having troubling or difficult feelings, to help themselves feel better.Target audience for session 2:Front line workers or volunteers, whose work involves supporting people to improve their mental wellbeing. Learning outcomesAfter session 2 we anticipate people will be able to: use the Five Areas model with people in conversations about mental health and mental wellbeing apply the Five Areas model to understand your own and others’ experience of distress establish the nature and extent of a person’s troubling situation, including potential for harm use a number of methods to help people unravel their distressing feelings and experiences demonstrate skills to start, develop and end a conversation about mental health and mental wellbeing identify appropriate situations in which to promote and use self-help resources Connect 5 session 3: Extended Mental Wellbeing Intervention (full day) The aims of Session 3: Extended Mental Wellbeing Intervention are to help you to: work collaboratively with individuals to help them improve their own mental wellbeing demonstrate to individuals new ways of seeing things that they find difficult use evidence-based interventions (such as techniques based on CBT) with individuals help individuals make lasting changes that have a positive effect on their mental wellbeing Target audience for session 3:Front line workers or volunteers, who provide ongoing mental wellbeing support to others.Learning outcomesAfter session 3 we anticipate people will be able to: explain and demonstrate a range of practical self-management techniques linked to the Five Areas model support people to use evidence-based self-management techniques to help them feel better work collaboratively with a person to make an action plan linked to the Five Areas apply self-help interventions and resources in your day to day work Happy? OK? Sad? Workshop: A Practical Guide Who can attend the Practical Guide to Happy? OK? Sad? Workshop?The workshop is open to front line workers and volunteers from not-for-profit organisations, which support Warrington residents. The training is aimed at people whose work role might involve them signposting clients or colleagues to mental health services.PurposeTo enable front line workers to easily locate information about local and national mental health services, campaigns and resources, for the people they support.Learning outcomesFollowing the workshop we anticipate people will have increased knowledge of: how to locate information about local and national mental health services the range of mental health services available in Warrington how to access local mental health services key mental health campaigns how to navigate the Happy? OK? Sad? website mental health promotion resources available Workshop contentThis is an interactive workshop which guides people around the Happy? OK? Sad? site and explains how to navigate it. The session also outlines some of the resources and opportunities which Warrington’s Public Health Team offers. Workshop duration: one hour.Where will the workshop be held? The workshop will be held in the Conference Room, New Town House, Buttermarket Street, Warrington WA1 2NH. Registering and booking onto the sessionThe online booking system means you can see the range of training sessions on offer and book yourself on. If it's your first time visiting the site, you'll need to register before you can book on to a training session. Just go to the Public Health Training pages, click the “register” link, or the "sign up" link, fill in the form and submit. It may take one or two working days before you receive confirmation that your registration is complete. If you've booked on to a training session through this system before then you'll already be registered and once you’ve logged into the site you’ll be able to book places on the training sessions. Booking queriesIf you have queries about the booking process, please email email@example.com Is there a cost?The workshop is free, but there’s a charge for non-attendance and late cancellation. The training is for front line workers and volunteers from not-for-profit organisations, which support Warrington residents. If you attend a session and you are not eligible to attend, then your organisation will be charged. More details on charges can be found in the Terms and Conditions, Cancellation and Non-attendance Policy, which is on the Public Health Training pages.