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    Bereavement and Depression & Anxiety

    Bereavement

    Losing a loved one, someone you are really close to, is a very difficult experience. It is normal for you to react strongly to the death of someone close, even if you think your feelings and behaviour are far from normal. You may feel a mixture of sadness, shock (if the death was unexpected), relief (if the death followed a period of illness), guilt, regret, anger, anxiety, despair, helplessness and depression.

    Talking about grief is important, if you are struggling with the loss of a loved one referrals can be made for counselling to support you. These can be done via school, with the school counsellor, or a referral to a counselling service outside of school. The aim is to support you during this difficult time.

    These feelings may be very intense, particularly in the early days and weeks. Time does eventually help heal these intense emotions subside, however, sometimes we need additional support to help us feel better.

    You can speak to the safeguarding team, located near G17 / ICT Technicians Workroom, or talk to your PYL or AYL who will inform Safeguarding staff.

    If you would like further information on support available regarding  Bereavement, the websites below can help;

    Cruse Bereavement Care
    www.cruse.org.uk

    Child Bereavement UK
    www.childbereavementuk.org

    Winston's Wish
    www.winstonswish.org

    Young Minds
    www.youngminds.org.uk/

     

    Depression & Anxiety

    Coping with different emotions is a part of everyone’s life. We all feel happy and sad at different times. Feeling sad is a natural and appropriate response to some events in our lives...

    Depression

    This occurs when sad feelings do not go away, they become overwhelming feelings and stop you doing the things you normally do. Issues that cause young people to feel depressed include parental separation, the death of someone close, feeling rejected, exam and school pressure, physical illness, moving home, homelessness and changing school, to name but a few.

    Stress

    This is what happens when you feel you cannot cope with the demands or pressures put upon you. You may feel sad and angry, or maybe a mixture of uncomfortable feelings. There are many reasons you may feel stressed, such as exam revision or mounting school work. Many of the triggers are similar to those that can cause depression.

    Anxiety

    Most people do feel anxious, panicky or fearful about certain situations in life, such as exams or job interviews. Once the situation is over, the feeling of anxiety goes. Sometimes the feelings don’t go away and they continue. You may feel a stronger sense of fear than other people. This is when anxiety becomes a problem and it stops you doing everyday things. Symptoms of anxiety include feeling nervous or panicky most of the time. You may have difficulty sleeping and eating, become tired and irritable. You may experience palpitations, racing heart, dry mouth, trembling, fainting, stomach cramps and diarrhoea.

    There is a lot you can do to help yourself, but it is important to remember that at some point most people experience depression, stress or anxiety and if you feel you need additional support the school can make you a referral to the school counsellor.

    You can speak to the safeguarding team, located near G17 / ICT Technicians Workroom, or talk to your PYL or AYL who will inform Safeguarding staff.

    If you would prefer to have counselling / support away from school, referrals to Youth Start Counselling can be made.

    Youth Start Counselling

    Youth Start Counselling
    Eric Manns Building
    45 Moorgate Street
    Rotherham
    South Yorkshire
    S60 2RB

    Telephone (01709) 255266

    If you would like further information on support available regarding  Depression and Anxiety, the websites below can help;

    Young Minds
    www.youngminds.org.uk/

    ChildLine
    Telephone 0800 1111
    www.childline.org.uk

    Epic Friends
    www.epicfriends.co.uk/

    Time to Change
    www.time-to-change.org.uk/

    Youthi
    www.youthi.org.uk

    My Mind Matters
    www.mymindmatters.org.uk