Support for education

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Do you need support?

Our children and young people are facing greater psychological health and wellbeing issues, so too are the staff in schools, colleges and training providers.

Our Aquarius Life service seeks to provide education providers with tools to support staff and student wellbeing.

For the last two years, alongside our substance misuse work we have been working with schools in the area on supporting the mental health of their young people. In most cases we have done this through the provision of 1:1 support in school for issues like anxiety, depression and trauma, as well as group sessions on various issues relating to mental health. For example, stress reduction and emotional self-regulation, resilience and confidence building, self-esteem, bullying, problem solving, anger management, and general coping skills for wellbeing.

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Aquarius Life can help you to help your staff and students to provide a more positive working environment.

With many years’ experience in delivering treatment services for young people, Aquarius has a full understanding of the complex mental health, emotional and behavioural problems experienced by many secondary school pupils, as well as the stresses faced by teaching staff, for whom the management of such challenges can be a daily issue.

Problems include lack of ability to emotionally self-regulate, back-chatting, pupils hindering one another, arguments and fighting as well as disrespect and aggression – often towards teachers themselves.

For students, the distress and anxiety arising from problems within the school environment can feel unbearable.  Friendship issues, bullying, identity problems and issues with self-image seem to predominate. Additionally, toxic stress arising from family troubles may also be brought into school to manifest as disruptive behaviour. This, coupled with the pressures of academic achievement can result in intolerable anxiety for a young person.

The negative impact of COVID19 lockdown restrictions on young people’s mental health is as yet unknown but mental health organisations suggest possible long-term implications.

Positive Outcomes

Our outcomes speak for themselves.  In a 2019 academic school year survey, twelve students with moderate to severe anxiety who attended an initial six counselling sessions during one half term period scored an average reduction of 11.25 points on the GAD7 (General Anxiety Disorder) monitoring scale.

Where a score of 15-21 points = severe anxiety, 10-14 = moderate anxiety, 5-9 = mild anxiety and 0-4 points = normal anxiety. 

Two young people scored 0.

Testimonial from  Smith’s Wood Academy, part of the Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust.

“Smith’s Wood Academy has been working with Aquarius and their counselling support service for over 12 months now.   Vanessa, our Aquarius counsellor is superb.  Her professional and calm approach ensures that the students that see her feel well supported from start to finish.  Both students and parents have acknowledged the huge benefits of having access to such a comprehensive support system within school. As a school community, staff, students and parents have seen the advantages of having such a service place, with developments being seen in student’s well-being, confidence, academic progress and school attendance”.

Testimonial from client, step-parent that was struggling to cope with young person’s behaviour.

“The support has been incredible. If I had not had this I can confidently say that I would not now be living at home.  I had plans to move out for the sake of my health and my sanity. I couldn’t cope and just wanted to walk away. That would have been terrible for Y.  But just having someone to talk to and help me see things in a new way and work out a way forward has made the difference for us all”.

109,613 children were turned away by CAMHS between 2015 and 2017. This means 150 pupils a day are not getting the support they need. In some cases, pupils had to wait up to 18 months to be treated.

Figures from NHS Trusts (Freedom of Information request by the NSPCC)

How it works

We arrange an initial meeting to discuss the issues that are presenting themselves. Collaboratively, we produce a basic assessment of needs.

Once we have developed an assessment of needs, we will produce a recommendation for the education provider to look at. In most cases, this will cover various options at a range of price points.

Once a decision has been made on the level of support, we would meet to produce a service level agreement together. We would then produce an implementation plan and begin service delivery.

Our Aquarius Life service seeks to provide education providers with tools to support staff and student wellbeing.

Nearly two thirds of teachers say they are not confident that they or their school would be able to get timely support from expert services such as CAMHS for pupils experiencing mental ill health.

NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union

Our range of support

We offer a range of approaches to service evaluation that vary in depth and duration:

Review existing health and wellbeing policy/strategy

Write policies

Develop policy implementation plan

Awareness campaigns

Training delivery

1:1 and group support programmes

Our services can;

  • Reduce stigma relating to psychological health and wellbeing issues and increase willingness to disclose challenges
  • Reduce unplanned absenteeism due to ease of access to support and interventions. For staff and students
  • Improve staff retention and reduce the associated recruitment costs (Human Resources (HR), training etc.)
  • Reduce supervision/management time spent addressing issues in staff and students
  • Provide specialist guidance to teaching staff for identifying and having conversations about issues
  • Provide specialist support to existing staff, mentors, Occupational Health and HR teams
  • Increase workplace wellbeing and Health & Safety awareness relating to target areas
  • Improve confidence in leadership by providing visible student and staff support and assistance
  • Reduce in incidents/accidents
  • Improve motivation of staff
  • Provide additional family support.

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