Dorset Mind Your Head’s work with schools involves taking a ‘whole school approach’ which means we offer support to parents and members of staff as well as the young people.
For parents, not only are we present at parent evenings in the schools but we also host bi-termly ‘tea and talk’ mornings where you can come and share your experiences, explore mental health issues and learn about emotional awareness & coping strategies, with each other and with members of Dorset Mind.
Schools we are currently working with are;
- Thomas Hardye School,
- The Blandford School
- The Purbeck School
- Corfe Hills School
- Bournemouth Collegiate School
- The Grange School (Christchurch)
- Weymouth College
We are currently developing the timetable for this and next term so please check back regularly to see what is available.
Parenting in today’s busy world, often with both parents/carers working full time or facing the challenges of raising children alone can be hard, and even harder if faced with struggles around mental health.
It is easy to feel inadequate when you are not sure you are knowledgeable enough to deal with emotional distress in your child. It can sometimes push you to your limits emotionally.
Sharing information, support and advocacy with peers can be key to overcoming these challenges. Talking with other parents who are facing similar situations reduces stress and can offer reassurance about decisions.
Knowing you are not alone and that your child can grow up to be mentally healthy, independent and able to live a full and happy life can re-frame your experience in a positive way, helping you gain a new perspective. Being able to share each other’s experiences, both positive and negative, is an important part of the healing process.
We are always learning about our ever changing children. Meeting as a group gives the opportunity to learn new things, build new friendships and accompany each other in our struggles so that ultimately we are strong and stable as we help our children grow and develop in mentally healthy ways.
Here is a selection of useful resources available in Dorset;
- Dorset For You Parenting Support Courses
- Action For Children Parenting programmes
- MindEd, is a free educational resource.
- ADDISS is The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service.
- Stem 4 is a teenage mental health charity with lots of information for parents
- The Open University offers a Young People’s Wellbeing course
- Relate has lots of useful information for parents
- CAMHS website has lots of information and advice
- Future Learn has free online courses in psychology and mental health