An introduction to the Student Wellbeing Team

This page is brought to you by the Student Wellbeing Team.

Our mission is to ensure that all students here at CAM feel safe in school. We are here to support you if you have any issues regarding your wellbeing.

As a team we have already done so much, including tutor time activities raising awareness on topics affecting teens. We have introduced an anti-bullying charter - you might know it as the We wills’ - which outlines what we, as students, will do in order to combat any bullying in our academy; to make it a safe place for everyone. We will continue to help students further through our wellbeing blog, working with other schools and exploring ideas for Feel-Good Friday.

If you have any ideas on how else we can support your wellbeing, ask your Family Captain/Vice-Captain to pass it onto the Student Council.

Look after yourself and each other!

Omolara, Holly, Sofia, Lexia, Alicia, Tamar, Gift & Shanzay

Anti-Bullying Charter

We call it the 'We wills'

Wellbeing blog 15/03/21 - Looking after your mental health

By Lexia, Year 9


Being stuck inside isn’t great! Especially when you are in a noisy house with lots of people and you just can’t concentrate. Or maybe you’re in a quiet house and it’s too quiet. Change is unsettling and stressing about it doesn’t make it go away.


So, instead of stressing, here are 10 things you can do instead.

  • Listen to some calming music. It could be classical music, slow pop or something else completely different.

  • Colour or draw. Many people aren’t artists and a simple colouring book still works!

  • Go for a walk. When you get outside, the calmness surrounding you will help you destress.

  • Watch a movie. Movies are often a good temporary release from the real world.

  • Work out. When you exercise, chemicals called endorphins are released and they help you to relax.

  • Take a screen break. Looking at a screen for too long strains your eyes and often gives you a headache.

  • Talk to a friend. It could be a text message, a video call or on an online game.

  • Talk to a person in your house. Sometimes, it's nice to have a real life conversation!

  • Try and learn a new language. This helps your mind to work and can also be fun.

  • Learn a new skill. This could be a move, a dance or something else entirely.


Remember, you’re not alone and this will end soon.


Plkease look after yourself; your mental health is important.

Wellbeing blog 28/1/21 - Health For Teens

By Tamar, Year 9


Not so long ago, it was announced that we would be doing our school work at home again. It’s just like deja vu! But one thing that hasn’t changed is the way it affects the mental health of teenagers across the country.


So what is mental health?


Mental Health is the wellbeing of our mind and it’s just as important as physical health. How have you been feeling lately? Sad, happy, frustrated, stressed? This all has something to do with our mental health. It’s something that often isn't acknowledged anywhere near as much as it needs to be. Often, it’s beneficial to have something to help you with not only your physical but also your mental health at a time like this.


That’s where the Health for Teens Website comes in. Here you can access lots of things to support your mental health. The website includes content on a variety of topics: feelings, growing up, health, lifestyle, relationships and so much more. In addition, there is content relating to Covid 19, as well as how to manage anxiety relating to it. This is alongside local Manchester content such as local services, how to contact your school nurse and contact details for ChatHealth.


ChatHealth operates Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm (but not on bank holidays). A school nurse is on duty responding to messages received by young people about concerns regarding both physical and mental health. The number for you to text is 07507 330 205.


Watch this YouTube video to find out more about Health For Teens.


Final thoughts


An important aspect of life here at CAM is feeling like you have someone to talk to and never feeling alone. Although we may not have predicted we would be in these circumstances, 2021 is a fresh start for all of us. Let’s start it in the right way - looking after our mental health.


Most importantly remember - change starts with you.

Wellbeing blog 8/1/21 - Making a New Year's Resolution

By Alicia, Year 9

What is a New Year's resolution?

A New Year's resolution is a promise a person makes to themselves for the new year. Regardless of what resolution you commit to, the goal is to improve your life in the coming year.

Did you know New Year’s resolutions are believed to date back 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians?

Why should I make a resolution?

Setting yourself a resolution is a good way to help you reflect on what's important to you.

As the New Year rings in we should all try and make a goal to work towards, even while being in lockdown. There are so many things you can achieve this year. Here are some ideas:

  • Read a book

  • Complete ILTs

  • Try new food

  • Drink more water

  • Be more active

  • Learn a new language

Why not share your resolution with your friends and family - they will be able to help you to achieve it. A progress chart can also help you stick to your resolution.

Final thought

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and overthink your resolution. Take baby steps, be positive and, above all, be kind to yourself. And if you don’t manage to achieve it? Well, there’s always next year!

Wellbeing blog 23/11/20 - Be an upstander

By Sofia, Year 9

Bullying is repeated negative behaviour that is intended to make others feel upset, uncomfortable or unsafe.

Bullying doesn't just affect you physically; it also affects you mentally. Bullying is unwanted behaviour.

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person. Cyberbullying happens mostly on social media - people send mean, hurtful or threatening messages. Don’t hesitate to block and report the person and also tell a parent/guardian, teacher or friend about this so they can help you. You could also call places like Childline.

Remember - you need to tell someone. DO NOT keep it a secret.

Don't be a bystander!

If you see someone getting bullied, be an upstander and tell someone about it. Help them - don’t stand there doing nothing because that person could be really hurt.

Bullying is a serious problem young people still face today.

We should treat everyone fairly in and outside of school.

Wellbeing blog 10/11/20 - Anti-Bullying Week & poster competition

Anti-Bullying Week by Holly, Year 9

What is Anti-Bullying Week?

Anti-Bullying Week starts on Monday 16 and ends on Friday 20 November 2020.

It’s an annual event that aims to raise awareness of bullying of children and young people, in schools and elsewhere, and was made to highlight ways of preventing and responding to bullying.

This year the theme is 'United Against Bullying'.

How can I get involved?

  • Remind yourself of the ‘We wills’ - our student anti-bullying charter

  • Enter our competition to make a poster - see below for details

  • Visit the Bullying UK and Anti-Bullying Alliance websites to find out more

  • Follow activities and events on social media using #AntiBullyingWeek and #abw20

Poster competition

We want you to create a poster! All entries will be awarded Classcharts points, with the winning poster being shared in our Academy Life magazine and around the academy.

You might want to: raise awareness of bullying and the impact it has on young people; talk about where you can get help and support if you are being bullied; promote the ‘We wills’.

Email your entries to laura.morley@coopacademies.co.uk or hand them in at the Library (on your bubble day). The closing date is Monday 23 November.

Final thought

You might notice some staff Wearing Blue for Wellbeing on Friday 13 November. This is to raise awareness of the impact bullying can have and how we all need to work together to make sure it doesn’t happen in our school - because we are United Against Bullying.

Wellbeing blog 16/10/20 - Change starts with you!

Change starts with you! By Omolara, Year 9

On 1 October 2020 the Student Wellbeing Team (or anti-bullying ambassadors as we were known then) were invited to a Zoom training session with The Diana Award.

What is bullying?

The Diana Award describes bullying as repeated negative behaviour that is intended to make others feel upset, uncomfortable or unsafe. This means that a bully wants to hurt a person verbally, physically or indirectly (indirect bullying could be ignoring a person on purpose, spreading rumours, gossiping about someone). People who are bullied often feel alone, upset and unsafe.

How can I help?

We can all help to reduce incidences of bullying by doing small acts of kindness each day to make people smile. Watch this motivational video all about kindness.

Where can I find help?

The Diana Award Crisis Messenger offers free, anonymous 24/7 text support to young people across the UK. Trained volunteers will listen to how you're feeling and help you think through the next step towards feeling better.

Text DA to 85258

Here are some useful places to get help and support:

www.kooth.com

Free, anonymous, confidential website where young people can access online counselling support.

www.childline.org.uk

1-2-1 counselling support via the website or phone. Comforts, advises and gives information.

www.themix.org.uk

Free information and support for under 25s. You can talk to them by phone, email and online chat.

0800 808 4994

www.youngminds.org.uk

Website offering support, information and advice about mental health and wellbeing.

jo@samaritans.org

Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.

Samaritans 116 123

If you feel like you need more support you can also use the ‘Speak up’ button to send a message to academy staff.


This is monitored during school hours.