Support and Resources
School nurses are skilled healthcare professionals who can offer effective mental health provision and are trusted and valued by young people.
They provide mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention approaches and take strengths-based approaches. They work in partnership with children and their parents/carers to encourage behavioural change which sustains positive health change.
Young people can access the school nurses by speaking to their guidance teacher or staff in school.
Parents and carers can contact the school nurses by contacting guidance teachers or asking for 'Child Health' on the Lorn and Islands Hospital switchboard.
The Exchange Counsellors
The Exchange is a new counselling service in school that aims to build resilience and enable psychological well being. They have worked in high schools in Scotland and Wales for 18 years and tailor their support to fit the individual needs of the young person.
Young people can contact them by:
speaking to their guidance teacher who can go through the referral form with them
scanning the QR code next to guidance to fill in the referral form themselves, which can also be found here
visit their 'drop-in' sessions every Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes from 1 - 1.30pm in room 1.32
For more information click here .
Mental Health First Aiders
A number of Staff are trained in Mental Health First Aid. A rota created by the MHW Ambassadors of staff available for young people to speak to if they wish will be made available soon.
Below are some helpful links to a variety of websites and apps.
Some provide self-help strategies, others offer phone numbers and support groups if you need someone to talk to.
These information and self-care activities are not a substitute for seeing a mental health professional. Sometimes we need outside help and advice. Getting help is good.
No-one should feel bad about it.
Please remember though that although these apps can be useful we still recommend speaking to a trusted adult or GP if you have concerns about any symptoms you are experiencing.
CALM - Relax with Calm, a simple mindfulness meditation app.
Couch to 5K - take total beginners from walking to running for 30 minutes in just 9 weeks.
For Me - Childline's new app to get advice and support on loads of topics – from issues that can play a big part in everyone’s life.
Headspace - a science-backed app in mindfulness and meditation, providing unique tools and resources to help reduce stress, build resilience, and aid better sleep.
Mindshift - help teens cope with everyday anxieties. It teaches relaxation and suggests activities to help you shift and face it.
SAM - a self-help app to learn to manage anxiety.
What's Up? - utilising some of the best CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods.
Argyll Wellbeing Hub - offer a friendly and safe environment, where like minded peers can sit together and talk about pretty much anything with a cuppa and a cake or two.
Cool2Talk - A safe space for young people age 12 to 25 living in Argyll and Bute.
NHS - Find Mental Health Services near you. (use postcode)