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The Palmer Catholic Academy

Student assistance whilst not in school - March 2020

Help and advice for you whilst the academy is closed

Help/Advice for you whilst the academy is closed

www.kooth.com is a free, safe and anonymous source of help online for young people.

www.childline.org.uk or call 0800 1111.  The service is online, on the phone, anytime to provide help and support for young people.

Kooth and Childline can help you with concerns about bullying, abuse, your feelings, friend/relationships, home and families, school, college and work.  If your concern isn’t detailed here do contact Kooth or Childline and they will be happy to help you.

Below is some advice and weblinks you may find useful:-

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/home-families/family-relationships/domestic-abuse/

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/feelings-emotions/loneliness-isolation/

Anxiety

Anxiety can sometimes make you feel tired, upset, worried, shaky, light-headed, frustrated or like you might ‘go crazy’. Some people experience panic attacks. Really strong anxiety can leave you feeling like you might be sick. Whenever you feel like this, remind yourself that:

  • this is just anxiety
  • it can't harm me
  • it will pass
  • I'm in control

Talk about things

Talking with a friend, family member or someone you trust about how you feel can often help. Talking can leave you feeling calmer and more comfortable. It’s a good way to get things off your mind.

If you don't feel like talking right away, you could write it down. Writing a diary can be very helpful for some people. It can help you understand your feelings more clearly, making things easier to deal with. You can also keep a gratitude journal where each day you write or draw a few things that you feel grateful for.

Domestic Abuse – It can include:

  • Physical violence
    Like hitting, kicking, punching, pushing, hair-pulling.
  • Threats
    This includes threatening to hurt you, another person in your family, or a pet. Or threatening to stop money for food or bills.
  • Sexual violence
    Making another person do something sexual when they don't want to, or making someone watch sexual material on the internet or television.
  • Controlling someone's finances
    This includes not allowing somebody to spend their own money. Or not giving them money for basic things such as food, nappies for babies, or clothes.
  • Controlling someone's life
    This could include stopping someone from going to work or school.
  • Cultural or 'honour' violence
    This includes being hurt or abused as a punishment for something that's not seen as culturally acceptable by your community or family. It can include being forced to marry someone.

Things you should remember:

  • Nobody should have to experience domestic abuse in their home,
  • If it’s happening it’s not your fault.
  • Domestic abuse doesn’t always include physical violence - it can also include bullying and threats.
  • If you’re in danger call 999.
     

Loneliness

You don’t need to be physically alone or cut off to feel lonely. You might be surrounded by other people. But it can feel like you’re on your own or that no one understands how you feel.

Things that can help if you feel lonely:

  • Tell someone you trust how you feel
  • Get support from Childline or Kooth
  • Think about positive things
  • Don’t be hard on yourself - everybody feels lonely sometimes

Wellbeing - Taking Care of Yourself & Others

Connect: Spend time with family and friends.  Enjoy doing things together and talking to each other.

Be active:  It keeps you physically healthy, and makes you feel good.

Keep learning: Try something new. Try a new hobby, or learn about something just because it interests you. Research a topic or person you are interested in.

Take notice: Take a break to see how you feel. Relax and look around you or listen to music, take a few deep breaths.

Give: Do something for a friend or relation/adult, as well as making them feel good, it can make you feel good too!      

Staying safe online/social media

There are lots of fun and interesting things you can do on the internet, and it can be a great way to stay in touch with friends whilst we are closed. But it’s important to understand how to stay safe online.

Sometimes people will try to trick you into clicking dangerous links or sharing things about yourself.  Or something you’ve shared might be used to bully or frighten you. 

There are lots of things you can do to keep yourself safe online.

  • Think before you post
    Don’t upload or share anything you wouldn’t want your parents, carers, teachers or future employers seeing. Once you post something, you lose control of it, especially if someone else screenshots or shares it.
  • Don’t share personal details
    Keep things like your address, phone number, full name, school and date of birth private, and check what people can see in your privacy settings. Remember that people can use small clues like a school logo in a photo to find out a lot about you.
  • Watch out for phishing and scams
    Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into giving them information, like your password. Someone might also try to trick you by saying they can make you famous or that they’re from a talent agency. Never click links from emails or messages that ask you to log in or share your details, even if you think they might be genuine. If you’re asked to log into a website, go to the app or site directly instead.
  • Think about who you’re talking to
    There are lots of ways that people try to trick you into trusting them online. Even if you like and trust someone you’ve met online, never share personal information with them like your address, full name, or where you go to school.
  • Keep your device secure
    Make sure that you’re keeping your information and device secure.
  • Never give out your password
    You should never give out your password or log-in information. Make sure you pick strong, easy to remember passwords. 
  • Cover your webcam
    Some viruses will let someone access your webcam without you knowing, so make sure you cover your webcam whenever you’re not using it.