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Mental Health Support Advice for Students and Families​

Having worries and feeling anxious about the coronavirus is normal. Especially how the news has created uncertainty through mixed messages and this can make us more nervous than we need to be. Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is really important and below is some advice to help you do this:

How to look after yourself

  • Stay in contact with friends. Talk to people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

  • Try to respond to the fears of others with understanding and respect.

  • Use credible news sources to check for updates but don't obsessively look for them.

  • Avoid catastrophizing (believing that something is far worse than it actually is). Try really hard not to worry about or imagine outcomes that are not based on fact.

  • You don't have to talk about coronavirus and can opt out of overwhelming conversations.

Is there someone I can talk to?  I'm feeling a little worried.

  • We would always advise you to talk to a trusted adult which might be a parent, older brother/sister, family friend or an aunty/uncle.

  • Your Head of year / form tutor if you have any concerns or worries you can inform them. 

Emotional and Mental health support for students and families

Emotional Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultation Helpline - Schools Wellbeing Service BHCC

In order to support the wellbeing of our young people and families there is a consultation helpline. To contact the Schools Wellbeing Service please email , leaving name and phone number, and someone will respond as soon as possible: 

You can also seek help and advice from the Brighton Hove Wellbeing Service: Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service. This service will provide you with links, contacts advice to support your emotional health and wellbeing.


Primary Mental Health Workers (Jaki Watkins & Debra Lloyd)

Jaki Watkins and Debra Lloyd , our primary mental health workers are contactable by their school e-mail addresses which are as follows

Jaki Watkins: or Debra Lloyd:

Dorothy Stringer School, Loder Road, Brighton, BN1 6PZ | Tel: 01273 852222
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