What is the Virtual Mental Wealth Hub?
It is intended that the Hub will evolve to reflect changing needs in Trafford and is timely during the current Covid 19 pandemic.
The hub is a collaboration between stakeholders in Trafford to provide a single point of access which will link and signpost to information, advice and guidance relating to anxiety and mental health needs in Trafford.
The information is intended for schools, families and young people, but professionals should also find useful resources here.
If you cannot find links, advice or guidance around a particular issue relating to mental health and anxiety, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to include it.
Find out more about:
- Background and scope of the Virtual Mental Wealth Hub toolkit.
- Who is involved?
- Jump to the Virtual Mental Wealth Hub Toolkit
Trafford Core Service
Children and Young People’s Mental Health Sub Group
GMHSC website – Mental Health and Wellbeing section
Behaviour and Attendance
Alistair Black email@example.com
Resource: Yale University Mood Meter
Elective Home Education
Michael McLaughlin firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Health Directory: “What works in schools and colleges to increase physical activity”
Special Educational Needs Advisory Service (SENAS)
Gill Wilson SENAS
Lynsey Burridge email@example.com
Trafford School Nurses
Young Minds - Get Urgent Help
Young Minds - Crisis Messenger
Steph Jamieson CAMHS
Mark Bailey firstname.lastname@example.org
Colette Haggis Colette.email@example.com
Phone: 0161 912 2453
Trafford Commissioned Services
Introducing Commissioned Services
Claire Ball firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Hill email@example.com
The Proud Trust
Hebe Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhyse Cathcart email@example.com 07894 683 682
Jacqui Selby firstname.lastname@example.org 07894 619 519
To refer or request leaflets: email@example.com 0161 723 3880
James Walklate firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Support Phone: 0161 228 7321
Trafford Young Carers
Jules Kennedy Phone: 0161 848 2400
Trafford SEND Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)
Carole Thistlethwaite email@example.com
SENDIASS helpline 0161 912 3150 (Weekdays 9am-12pm)
Trafford Voluntary and Community Services
Trafford Parents Forum
We recognise that there will be an expected increase in the number of young people who will have anxiety about returning to school and that this may impact on school attendance, engagement , outcomes and referrals to services and agencies. School staff have been under considerable pressure and their well-being is also a priority.
Schools and families should work together, using the Graduated Approach for Social, Emotional and Mental Health. Working with professionals supporting mental health and well-being around the Thrive model to address changes in children’s emotions, habits, self-esteem, mood, relationships and friendships, energy levels, online habits & self – isolation at an early stage.
Where children are struggling with emotions, behaviour and relationships, we believe that, in most cases, they will achieve the best outcomes where this is addressed early, and with the support of families, schools and their peers. Only in the most exceptional cases, is the situation improved when apart from their peers.
Education, Health, Social Care, CAMHS and commissioners are working together in Trafford to try to make signposting and accessing support less complicated. The VMWH also links to professionals who can support children, schools and families.
Some of these services will be free, some will have a cost. Some will be commissioned and quality assured, others will be there for you to make your own choices about.
There is also the Greater Manchester Mental Health Hub where all resources are Quality Assured.
Supporting the Emotional Wellbeing Needs of Children and Young People in Trafford as a Result of COVID-19.
It is normal for a child or young person to feel worried or anxious when returning to education. These worries and anxieties may manifest themselves in a variety of verbal and non-verbal ways.
Potential Universal and Common Needs
This is a set of common worries and anxieties that children or young people may have, how a setting can respond to them, along with clinically reviewed resources.
It should not be presumed that any of the identified needs will exist, for many children and young people a return to education settings is eagerly anticipated. It should also be noted that the following content is not an exhaustive list of mental health or emotional wellbeing needs that have arisen as a result of COVID-19.
Some children and young people, who weren’t vulnerable prior to education settings closing, may have since become vulnerable, for a variety of reasons.
It is therefore recommended that settings do not assume a child or young person’s status when they return to education.
It is also here acknowledged that some children and young people have been able to continue attending education and receive support because of their pre-existing vulnerabilities. However, the prevalence and severity of several vulnerabilities may have increased due to COVID-19.
For many of the following groups education settings will already have policies and strategies in place for supporting them and these should form the foundation for the response to the needs.
Many members of staff from education settings have continued to work throughout the Coronavirus restrictions. Like the children and young people they care for they too may be experiencing loss, abuse, burn-out or other difficulties.