What to expect when you talk to…

What to expect when you talk to a member of staff in The Purbeck School about your wellbeing or mental health

We want you to feel cared for and taken seriously when you are not feeling ok at this school. Sometimes reaching out is not easy and you may be worried about what might happen. So here is what you can expect when you ask for help.

It is important to remember that all staff have to report safeguarding concerns- these are concerns about your safety (and anyone else you discuss). They do not have a choice in reporting this, it is their job, and it is important that they do this to protect you and anyone else involved

 

If you talk to a teacher or other member of staff:

They will listen to you and may discuss your concerns with you. Depending on the problem, they may offer you some guidance or suggest that you contact someone in the Nest, if they think they may be better placed to support you.

They are not counsellors or specialists in mental health but will want to listen and help.

 

If you talk to your tutor

They will listen to you and may discuss your concerns with you. Depending on the problem, they may offer you some guidance or suggest that you contact someone in the Nest, if they think they may be better placed to support you. Unlike other staff, your tutor can also talk to you about how things are going with the issues you discussed and may be able to help you overcome or manage the problem.  Your tutor will be there for you over your time at the school, but they are not counsellors or trained in mental health support.

 

If you talk to the nest

They will listen to you and may discuss your concerns with you. Depending on the problem, they may offer you some information, advice or guidance. They can offer you a confidential space to talk. With your permission (unless there is a safeguarding concern) they may also ask you to discuss your problem with the Wellbeing Team in school, so that they can find an appropriate means of supporting you. Some of the support you may be offered could include:

  • Trying some strategies they suggest, and monitoring how they go to see if this helps
  • Referring you to an intervention that will help you learn some ways to manage the issue and even get on top of it. They will talk to you about what this involves and what to expect.
  • Refer you to a service outside of the school for support, if we cannot help in school.
  • They may need to contact someone at home to let them know. They will usually tell you if they need to do this, but it will be necessary in order to help you.

You can decline support if you do want the support, except where there is a safeguarding concern. Whatever happens they will talk to you about what they intend to do.

 

If you talk to another service outside the school, eg. Samaritans.

They will have their own ways of supporting you and so it is important to discuss this with them or research this on their website before you contact them, if you want to know.