We are all currently going through a time in our life that we have never experienced before. It is likely that it will affect everyone in different ways. You may find that your feelings change from day to day and may even be finding it difficult to explain how you are feeling. All your feelings are valid, but if they are becoming difficult for you to deal with alone please ask for help from someone you trust.
Mrs Applegate has a new email address dedicated to pupil support and well-being. This will be checked twice a week. Alongside this Mrs Applegate is holding a pupil and family well-being surgery on a Monday and Friday morning between 9am and 12noon. You can contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org
What to do during lockdown
It is extremely easy to get bored during lockdown. Below is a list of things that you could try to keep you busy (click on the pictures):
Asking for help
If your feelings are taking over your day and you are finding it difficult to focus on anything else, then please ask for help. Help can be found in lots of different ways. You can use online help like the websites listed below or even discuss how you are feeling with someone that you trust.
Trusted people may include:
- Family, both those you are living with or family outside of home that you can contact by phone
- Teachers: please contact the school office if you need a teacher to contact you
- Support staff at school: please let the office know if you would like to pass a message onto Mrs Applegate or Mrs McAlpine
- Family friends
Oakfield Academy is working with the SHARE Project.
The SHARE Project have been commissioned to improve the mental health and emotional well-being of our young people in Middle and Secondary Schools in Somerset. The SHARE Project want to change to break down the stigma around mental health, and by helping our young people become more resilient so they are better equipped to understand and manage their emotions and behaviour.
SHARE will do this by involving everyone in schools – teaching professionals, young people and parents, volunteers and support staff – and provide them the tools and resources to help recognise, manage and sustain good mental health and emotional well-being.
Do not forget to look after yourself during this time. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Try to get enough sleep (8-10 hours per night)
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat regular meals
- Try to keep to a routine: what will you get done each day (this could be as simple as writing a list the evening before)
- Set yourself targets or goals to aim for
- Try to stay active
- Balance work and rest: do not spend all day doing schoolwork, give yourself time to do something that you enjoy
Places to find help and advice
The following websites (just click on the icon) give plenty of information and support:
We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.
We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
We support young people aged 5-18 with their mental health. We help with things like low-mood, anxiety, stress, phobias, sleep-problems, OCD and other mental health difficulties.