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    Bereavement, Depression & Anxiety


    Losing someone can be a difficult time for all involved and can be especially difficult for a child, who may question whether it was their fault or feel that they never got to say goodbye. A child's response to death can be based on:

    • How close they were to that person.
    • Whether the death was expected.
    • The child's age and level of understanding.
    • The circumstances of the death.
    • How the news of the death is conveyed to them.

    Talking to a child can help them grieve and feel less isolated, but sometimes children may not cope very well with a loss. There are a number of indicators to look for:

    • Voicing worries about safety, others getting sick, or dying.
    • Wishing to be with the deceased.
    • Mentioning night time dreams about the deceased.
    • Withdrawing from friends and their environment.
    • Self destructive behaviour.
    • Dramatic change in personality or functioning over a period of time.

    If a child is grieving for the loss of someone close, but is coping, please inform the school so that key staff are aware of the situation You can  contact our Safeguarding Team on (01709) 760222. If a child appears not to be coping you can inform the school and we may refer them to the Mental Health Practitioner or to Youth Start.

    Further information can be found on the links below

    Cruse Bereavement Care

    Child Bereavement UK

    Winston's Wish

    Young Minds

    Rainbow Bereavement

    Young Minds
    Young Minds
    Young Minds Parental Helpline 0808 802 5544

    Depression & Anxiety

    It is estimated that 1 in 4 of us will suffer with mental health problems at some point in our lives. This can be as a result of issues around work, money, bereavement and relationships. A child’s mental health can be affected just as easily as our own and it’s important to recognise this. The indicators of mental health issues are complex, but you may notice the following:

    • Withdrawn behaviour
    • Lack of motivation.
    • Crying.
    • Showing no interest in hobbies
    • Stopping associating with friends
    • Spending time in bed
    • Negative changes in personality
    • Difficulty sleeping
    • Difficulty remembering things
    • Irritable / impatient
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Restless / agitated

    If you are concerned about a child’s mental health, inform the school's Safeguarding Team on (01709) 760222. Once you have informed the school of your concerns, the following can be looked at in order to best support a child.

    • Referral to Mental Health Practitioner
    • Referral to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
    • Referral to the School Nurse
    • Referral to Youth Start

    Group work and 1 to 1 with work on self-esteem

    Further information can be found on the links below

    Mental Health Foundation
    Time to Change