Mental Health and Wellbeing

A core part of the IOA year four programme is supporting mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and staff working in schools.  Our offer aims to provide a smooth transition the Mental Health in Schools team funded by the NHS which is due to be in place from September 21.  

The offer and additional support is monitored and reviewed by a group of colleagues from a range of professions meet regularly at the Mental Health and Wellbeing Steering Group – if you wish to be part of this please contact Katrina.    All meetings at present are virtual.

The offer for education establishments in Ipswich and our Twinning partners of Felixstowe schools include:

Whole school approach to supporting wellbeing and emotional resilience through learning – SWERL programme.  

Mental Health First Aider training for school staff, funded training is available for up to two members of staff in all schools and settings

Support for students through our Vision and Voice partners.   Offering therapeutic support and also food and wellbeing support for families.

Support and training for staff through the Psychology and Therapeutic service at Suffolk County Council – training includes Inclusion Mindset and ELSA, plus support for Inclusion Facilitators

Group and one to one interventions for students to support the re-intergration into school post lockdown. On offer in the Summer Term.

We are currently looking at how we can best support the re-intergration back from lockdown for staff and students – if you have any ideas please contact Katrina or Mel Scotland who leads on Transitions work.

Mental Health Network – offered in partnership with the SCC and the CCG will commence after the spring half term.   Schools are invited to nominate their Mental Health leads to attend, to share learning and have peer-to-peer support.

For more information on any of the offers see the dedicated sections or contact Katrina Gardiner – Programme Manager who leads on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Offer – k.gardiner@uos.ac.uk