Multi Disciplinary Team
Therapists from A Space for Support offer students at Stormont House School the opportunity to learn more about their emotions and how to manage them. Everyone benefits from having their own time to make sense of their experiences. A Space therapist see students for weekly one-to-one appointments. They use a range of creative resources and guided exercises to support students in exploring common feelings ranging from those we enjoy to the emotions we feel most uncomfortable with. A Space therapist also identify each student's personal strengths and build on them. Learning more about ourselves and our relationships is an important task for us all - A Space is here to help with this.
Marta Alonso is in school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Hannah Randall is in on Wednesdays too. If you want to find out more, they are happy to have a conversation with you and talk through what A Space can offer.
A Space for creative learning & support was established in 1997 by the Glass-House Trust (a Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust) in partnership with The Social Science Research Unit (University of London) and the Hackney Education Authority (now the Hackney Learning Trust). A Space provides therapy services to schools as well as contributing to the field of child & adolescent psychotherapy by engaging in research, delivering CPD, supervising trainees, writing books and articles and publishing resources. Find out more on www.aspaceinhackney.org View our resources on www.iniva.org
Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools
What is WAMHS?
The Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools (WAMHS) project is a new initiative led by the CAMHS Alliance with the support of the Children and Young People’s Integrated Commissioning work stream City & Hackney.
This innovative project aims to improve mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people in schools, colleges, specialist and alternative provision education settings in City & Hackney.
The WHAMS pilot project began in September 2018 and there is a dedicated CAMHS worker in Stormont for one day a week.
Why have we started WAMHS?
Schools are reporting higher numbers of students across the board that have difficulties with managing their emotions, coping with the stresses of life, both in and out of school, and in making the most of their learning and life opportunities in school.
Research tells us that positive health and education outcomes are closely related and that school staff are ideally placed to spot mental health difficulties at an early stage. The Government in its recent Green paper has also stressed the importance of bringing schools and mental health services more closely together to make sure that children and young people get the best support as soon as they need it.
The Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools (WAMHS) Project seeks to ensure that schools are settings where children and young people are helped to develop resilience and wellbeing in all areas of their lives, not only academically, but also socially and emotionally.
The focus of WAMHS is on building resilience and coping skills in students alongside helping students to access any extra help they may need, when they need it. It also aims to upskill staff in schools so that they feel equipped and confident in dealing with mental health difficulties and in supporting their students and their families.
The WAMHS worker at Stormont house is Dr Cathy McLellan, Clinical Psychologist from Hackney Ark CAMHS Disability. She will be working in her WAMHS role at Stormont on Monday and Tuesday afternoons.
For further information on WAMHS please speak to Frances Jesse- the mental health lead in school or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find more information about The CAMHS Alliance and the services and projects provided on the Hackney Local Offer website (www.hackneylocaloffer.co.uk/)
If your child is experiencing a mental health crisis please visit www.camhs.elft.nhs.net or call NHS Specialist CAMHS on the following number: 02032225600 .
If you need urgent and immediate support please call 999 or attend the accident and emergency department (A&E) with your child where there will be people there whose job it is to help keep young people safe.
If you are seeking advice you can contact the following organisations:
NHS England 111 (24 hour non-emergency advice)
Childline 08001111 (24 hour service for children and young people)
NSPCC 08088005000 (24 hour service providing advice for adults who have concerns about a child or young person)
Young Minds parent helpline 08088025544 (Mon-Fri 09:30am -16:30pm)