On Friday 8 October, VPS joined thousands of schools across the UK to take part in #HelloYellow day to raise vital funds to support YoungMinds. It was amazing to see how much effort the staff and children put in to dress in as much yellow as they could to show young people they're not alone with their mental health. I heard Pauline quote in the playground ''I think every day should be Hello Yellow Day because everyone looks so bright and happy! ''
The reason VPS took part in such an important campaign is because we all struggle with how we're feeling sometimes and it's normal to have ups and downs so we wanted our children to know that they are not alone with their mental health.
The day was a huge success! Especially the disco outside in the playground where everyone danced all lunchtime! Such cool moves :)
Thank you all for making the day a very special one.
What an amazing picture from Zahraa to represent how someone with mental health may be feeling. (bottling up your emotions)
Marihah created a ‘bowl of kindness’ at home for Hello Yellow Day which she filled with motivational quotes for each one of her classmates and teachers. So kind and thoughtful. Well done for this wonderful act of kindness! :)
What to do if I am a young person who wants to speak to someone about their worries at school:
- Speak to your class teacher/TA
- Be honest about how you feel during the Zones of Regulation Check In's/ Circle Time
- If you are not confident to speak to the teachers/TA's - maybe ask your parents to speak to us.
- Request to see Emily (ELSA)
- Talk to a trusted friend/adult
-Make a SPACE slip (Year 5/6)
We will do everything we can to make sure you feel seen, heard and safe.
What to do if I am a parent who is concerned about their child's mental health?
- Speak to the class teacher or member of SLT at home time/morning
- Call the office to arrange a meeting with class teacher/SLT
Refer child to ELSA (speak to class teacher)
We will do all we can to make sure you are also seen, heard and feel safe.
If you are a young person who needs immediate support with your mental health or a parent/guardian who may have concerns about your child please see the amazing services below that could be helpful! :)
Action for Childrenactionforchildren.org.uk Charity supporting children, young people and their families across England.
Hub of Hope hubofhope.co.uk A national database of mental health charities and organisations from across Britain who offer mental health advice and support.
Koothkooth.com Counsellors available until 10pm every day. Free, safe and anonymous online counselling for young people. Check whether this is offered in your area.
Me and My Mindmeandmymind.nhs.uk Advice and support for young people struggling with unusual experiences, such as hearing voices.
Mencap0808 808 1111 (Learning Disability Helpline) mencap.org.uk Information and advice for people with a learning disability, their families and carers. Services include an online community.
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)0800 800 5000 (for adults concerned about a child) 0800 1111 (18 or under – Childline helpline) nspcc.org.uk Support and information for children and anyone worried about a child.
OCD Youthocdyouth.org Youth Support for young people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
On My Mind annafreud.org/on-my-mind Information for young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing.