Mental Health Matters
Our Aim at Q3 Academy Tipton is to provide a safe, warm and friendly environment to enable students to grow into confident and well grounded young people.
Well-being is the experience of health and happiness. It includes mental and physical health, physical and emotional safety, and a feeling of belonging, sense of purpose, achievement and success.
We are lucky enough to have a number of skilled employees, with a wealth of knowledge, that are able to deliver some bespoke interventions within the Academy to help our students when they need that extra little bit of support.
What is Refresh
What is Refresh?
The Refresh Centre is managed by Mr Maddock, and is a provision that the Academy set up to support the diverse needs of the students within our Academy.
Refresh is a bespoke learning hub environment that supports the delivery of academic and emotional support packages to those students who have been identified as requiring extra support. The centre supports students from Years 7 to 11.
How often so students come into work in the Refresh Centre?
The intervention support is offered to students and run for over the course of a half-term. The sessions will usually last between 30 minutes and one hour.
What intervention is offered?
- ANGER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES PROGRAMME
- COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)
- STAYING ON-TRACK
- CONFLICT RESOLUTION
- MENTORING—FOCUSED ON BUILDING SELF-CONFIDENCE AND ESTEEM
How are students monitored during their intervention?
Every student who enters Refresh for support will have evidence of the work and/or interventions that they have been engaging with. The data is used and analysed to monitor the impact of the provision, and whether any further work is required with the student.
Contact will be made with parents/guardians to inform them of the support being offered, and is another opportunity to build partnership working between the family and school.
Who is the school’s counsellor?
Counselling is available daily in school. Students will be referred by their Head of Year or the Welfare Team. We also have a drop-in session which runs all week during lunch times for any student that initially wants to talk to a counsellor.
Did you know?
- Counselling is there to deal with the student’s health just as they would seek medical help and guidance if they broke a leg
- It is not about being told what the student wants or needs it’s about a journey of finding a solution to their current situation or needs
- Counselling in school is always confidential
- Counselling in school is a student’s choice. They cannot be made engage
- Counselling is a safe space in which students can share their thoughts and problems and try to find resolutions
- Counselling is a journey and a learning process
One to one session’s are available for a period of 6 weekly sessions and their needs a re regularly reviewed.
Our school counsellor also delivers some workshops to groups of students such as:
- Exam Stress
- Self Esteem
- Absent Parents
- Effects of Lockdown
- Suicide and Ideation
- Domestic Abuse
- Self Harm
Student feedback about the counselling sessions.
- Always open to talk even if it’s just 5 mins
- It helps to find out things about yourself that you didn’t know before
- it helps to talk about issues that are bothering you
- It helped me figure things out
- I think people should come counselling since it helps to rant and work around it
- Because it was helpful for me
- Because it’s going to help to talk about their issues
- Some people might not feel ready to talk but it is good to speak up
- It is easy to talk and feel safe
- The counsellor is a really positive person and will listen to you
Our Peace Garden Is our most recent intervention in addressing support for all student needs. It is a space that is being created and will be fully available from May 2022.
- Students who access Counselling will have the opportunity to received their one-one counselling sessions and wellbeing group sessions in this therapeutic space.
Specialist therapy sessions of Art therapy and Young peoples, specialist-focused DBT & Mindfulness is offered to address the needs of our students who have specific emotional and mental health needs
The Q Gardens hopes to promote general well-being with gardening activities and focus on the benefits of outdoor spaces. What we aim for in offering this space to our student is :
- Improves physical and mental well-being
- Builds life skills such as confidence, teamwork and communication
- Encourages a better and healthier lifestyle
- Helps young people engage with their surroundings.
- Teaches about the environment and sustainability.
Kooth: Support for children around the mental health and wellbeing
Black Country Women’s Aid: support for children and families that are subject, have been subject or witness domestic abuse
Beam: We are an emotional health and well-being service for young people aged 5-18
Murray Hall: Delivering therapeutic, creative services for young people and families
Brook: supports and gives advice to yo9ung people around healthy relationships
Edwards Trust: Supporting young people and families who are facing loss and surviving bereavement
DECCA: provides support and information to young people around the harms and dangers of smoking and drugs