Our Operations Director, Danny speaks with Gayle Lofthouse on Mental Health, Coronavirus and returning to school.
"At a time where teenagers are faced with increasing pressures, we have found we are dealing with and supporting students with a wide range of emotional needs. We have been fortunate enough to be able to utilise the services of Invictus. Emotional wellbeing and support for our students became immediate. With their flexibility and expertise, the Invictus team have enabled us to support our most vulnerable students emotionally, whilst we have been able to concentrate on their education".
When I started at Calder High school there wasn’t a Peer Mentoring scheme and at times I found it difficult making new friendships, finding my way around the building and understanding how high school works in general.
In my role as a Peer Mentor I have introduced myself in assembly along with my team so that students know who we are and what we represent. I have supervised a room at lunch time which was advertised to year 7 students as a safe place to be, where they could ask questions and discuss any concerns they may have knowing that their issue will always be passed onto staff and dealt with appropriately. I have spoken to students around school that may look lost and always been a friendly face that students can approach.
I think that the Peer Mentoring scheme is a great idea and I look forward to seeing how it will progress not only in our school but nationwide.
The Invictus Team is second to none at helping some of our most vulnerable students. Like many schools we have found that an increasing number of our students have a wide range of emotional needs that they need help addressing, so that they can make progress in school and go on to lead fulfilling lives. Partnering with Invictus means that we are able to draw upon a wealth of expertise and experience so that our students are supported through times when they feel the most vulnerable.
We are inundated with requests for more sessions with John from the pupils who see him weekly, John equips pupils with strategies to help them manage situations and issues that they may be going through. Being able to talk to John has helped many students navigate through difficult times and achieve positive outcomes when , if they hadn't had access to him, situations may have seemed much more unmanageable.
Teachers are amazing but they’re not trained counsellors and it’s trained experts those children with some of the biggest problems imaginable need. That’s why Invictus are making such a difference to their lives by helping and supporting them with the skills and raising confidence/self-esteem to help enable them to realise their full potential.
As well as data, our teachers report that all children's difficulties were 'much better' after seeing Invictus and that for some children in particular, the impact of the counselling on their classroom learning has lead to real improvements.
Invictus Wellbeing had a lovely worker ring me back yesterday and felt listened to and supported. Please pass on my thanks.
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