KS5 Health and Well-Being
Welcome to the Oasis Academy Sixth form Health and Well-being page!
Our mental health and well-being is important through every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through to adulthood. Supporting our well-being on a daily basis is essential to all aspects of our life from:
- Our everyday functioning
- Our outlook on life
- How we feel about ourselves
- How we manage stress
- How we relate to others and make decisions
We recognise that flourishing at A-levels is determined as much by your well-being as it is by your academic ability, hard work and perseverance; if you feel healthy and content within yourself and your environment, you are far more likely to perform to the best of your ability.
We aim to provide an environment that empowers you with knowledge, tools and encouragement to take charge of your health and well-being holistically (physical, psychological, emotional and social).
We hope these webpages, apps and resources will be a useful support during your time here and beyond.
- Useful contacts and resources
- Exam stress links and resources
- School Shop - ParentPay
- Covid -19 Support
- School Nursing Service
- Parents and Carers
- Getting help in a mental health crisis
Need to Talk
My Health London:
Oasis Hub Waterloo:
Oasis Hub Waterloo is a vibrant Hub serving the needs of the local community. Oasis Hub Waterloo have a vision to see the Waterloo community thrive. Where people of all ages and situations feel included, know that they can contribute and realise a deep sense of belonging. In this busy city setting, we want to help nurture a sense of local community - where people love to live, and live to love! Oasis Hub Waterloo aim to do this through the following provisions:
The Hub will continue to provide family support and community connection even when the school is closed for the Summer.
Keep an eye out for updates about activities over the summer.
National Online Safety:
A breadth of interactive services, which parents can access to make the internet a safer place for children. Equipping parents with the knowledge you need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise.
Drop The Weapon:
Provides links to support and organisations.
Free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses as well as their family and friends.
Telephone: 0800 368 8061
The Gaia Centre:
Confidential, non-judgemental and independent support for anyone experiencing gender-based violence (e.g. domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, FGM). Support is for women and girls 13 or older and men and boys aged 16 or older who are experiencing gender-based violence, as well as anyone aged 11-17.
Call: 020 7733 8724
Or, call the 24/7 freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline to seek advice for yourself or someone else: 0808 2000 247
If you or someone else is in immediate danger always call police on 999.
A service designed to help children and young people affected by bereavement. The service provides specialist child bereavement support services across the UK. This includes in-depth therapeutic support in individual, group settings, as well as a Freephone National Helpline and online chat.
Helpline: 08088 020 021
Sudden is a charity service providing help for suddenly-bereaved people, due to COVID-19, or any other illness, sudden event, or suicide. We provide a named case worker (over the phone or in other digital ways) from day one, onwards, for up to ten weeks, helping with emotional support and practical issues, and finding extra support for you in your community. We also provide online information and guidance. We also provide help and information for people who are caring for suddenly-bereaved people, including family members, friends, communities and professionals. Website: https://sudden.org/ Reports and webcasts: https://sudden.org/tools/Phone: 0800 2600 400
COVID-19 SupportCovid-19 Mutual Aid Group: Local communities are supporting one another through these groups. They are grassroots with neighbour helping neighbour and are being supported to operate in Southampton by the NHS. covidmutualaid.org
Psychological and Emotional Health
The Nest is a service delivered by Groundwork on behalf of Southwark Council. The Nest provides young people and families with the opportunities, experiences, and tools to enable them to develop their physical, emotional and social capabilities. Our non-clinical intervention offers youth work, person-centred counselling, psychological wellbeing practices and traditional talking therapies via 1:1 sessions, group work, virtual resources and peer mentoring. A mental health and well-being service for young people, without having to make a referral or be placed on a waiting list. We offer early intervention and prevention for emotional issues and low-level mental health such as worries, anxieties and stress. The Nest is open for pre-booked and walk-in appointments with our staff team from 12pm – 6pm, Mon- Fri. A confidential Message can be sent via their website here
Phone: 020 8138 1805
Lambeth CAMHS Spring Team
Lambeth CAMHS Spring Team offer short term interventions for those with low risk mental health and behavioural difficulties, and those experiencing issues for the first time. They offer time limited intervention that includes, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Personalised Individual Parent Training (PIPT), consultation work with families and the social care network, and identification of more serious mental health difficulties that might require more intensive intervention. Spring Team CAMHS Practitioners are allocated to those that require a higher level of input, for more complex assessment and intervention but still within the Early Help remit. Address: 6 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1EG Phone: 0203 228 6783
NHS Every Mind Matters:
Mind Infoline gives confidential support and information on lots of mental health related issues including where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind also has a network of nearly 200 local Mind associations providing local services.
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Mon-Fri except bank holidays)
Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line:
Provides expert mental health information & advice on practical issues. They also give help to carers, health professionals, employers and staff.
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am-4pm Mon-Fri except bank holidays)
SANE Mental Health Helpline:
SANE runs an out-of-hours helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. Open every day of the year from 4:30pm-10:30pm.
Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm-10:30pm)
A free web based service designed to support your wellbeing. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support, for young people across London aged 11 to 26.
Kooth offers you the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualiﬁed counsellor. Counsellors are available from 12 noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. You can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed too.
Outside counselling hours’ you can also message the team and get support by the next day. This is regardless of any additional services you may be receiving. There is also a huge range of articles, forums and discussion boards to be tapping into. To gain access to this service, you will need to register on the website student.kooth.com. For information on how to sign up please click here
Thriving with Nature:
Enjoy the remarkable health benefits of connecting with nature. This useful guidebook if filled with activities you can do throughout the seasons to boost your well-being.
Racism and Racial Bullying:
Race, Diversity and Inclusion
Black lives Matter:
Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc. is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
Black Lives Matter Healing Action: A Toolkit for Black Lives Matter Healing Justice and Direct Action
NHS ONE YOU – SEXUAL HEALTH:
A drugs, alcohol and sexual health integrated service.
The service supports young people under 21 and is delivered in a range of community venues across the borough. The service offers:
Sexual Health London:
Sexual Health London (SHL) is London’s new sexual health e-service that provides free and easy access to sexual health testing via the internet and local venues. The service is available to people aged 16 and over who are residents in most Boroughs of London www.shl.uk
For advice on contraception, pregnancy, STI’s and pleasure. Sexwise is run by the national sexual health charity FPA
Switchboard: the LGBT+ helpline:
Provides an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans (transgender, transsexual, transvestite) people; call the helpline on 0300 330 0630, open 10am to 11pm daily. switchboard.lgbt
National Sexual Health Helpline:
If you would like to talk to someone about a sexual health issue, you can call the national sexual health helpline free on 0300 123 7123. Your call will be treated with sensitivity and in strict confidence. The Sexual Health Helpline is open from 9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.
Out & About
London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard:
Free confidential and independent advice
on how to deal with debt problems.
Careers & Employment
National Careers Service:
Look After your well-being over the summer
Exam stress and well-being
- Excessive worry about upcoming exams, which can affect your sleeping or eating habits
- Fear of being judged
- Post exam outcomes
- Apprehension about the consequences
- Feelings of hopelessness about the future
- Low mood
There are four main areas which can contribute to your exam anxiety. These are:
- Start early! Leave yourself plenty of time to revise. The earlier you begin the better
- Develop a timetable
- Seek guidance from your subject teachers
- Practice, practice, practice. Use knowledge by applying it to questions, or make mind maps that link key ideas together
- Maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water throughout the day
- Do your best to avoid excessive amounts of caffeinated or fizzy drinks
- Regular moderate exercise will boost your energy and mood, clear your mind, reduce feelings of stress and improve your sleep quality
- Prioritise: Consistency, sticking to a regular revision plan, maintaining a healthy lifestyle (positive thinking, exercise, a healthy diet and adequate sleep) and self-care
- Book an appointment with Place2Talk
- Seek support from the pastoral team
- Top 10 stress management techniques for students - Click here
- 5 Tips for promoting a sense of calm during revision - Click here
- Tips for a calm and steady approach to exams - Click here
- Mindfulness for revision - Click here
Student minds exam stress resources - Click here
NHS self-help guides - Click here
NHS 10 stress busters - Click here
Wellbeing - Eating well for Immunity - Click here
Wellbeing Recipes - Click here
Wellbeing Mindfulness Moving and Rhythm - Click here
Free to use and are available on iOS and Android.
- Well Mind - is your free NHS mental health and wellbeing app designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression. The app includes advice, tips and tools to improve your mental health and boost your wellbeing.
- Active 10 – Keep track of your activity levels and get the inspiration you need to maintain regular movement in your life. All movement counts!
- NHS Smokefree – A week programme which includes practical and individualised advice, encouragement and support.
- Couch to 5k – This progressive 9 week programme will inspire you to get moving, get off your couch and guide you through a weekly training plan that will have you running 5k in no time.
- Easy Meals - Want to eat healthier and not break the bank. Here you will find more than 150 delicious and healthy meal ideas and recipes you can enjoy or share with friends and family. You can search for meal inspiration and save shopping lists, you can come back to at any time.
Recommended Well-being apps
All these apps are free to download and use. Some may have in-app purchases.
An app designed to help people resist the urge to self-harm through the completion of tasks. Its private and password protected.
Learn to look at things differently. Turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your well-being.
Create music to help express complex feelings. Cove is a personal musical journal to help you with your mental health.
Get quick easy and discreet access to information and advice about self-hard and suicidal thoughts.
Use emotional fitness games, designed by psychologists to increase your emotional fitness and learn new psychological skills.
Improve your thoughts, feelings, self-esteem and self-confidence using the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy.
My possible Self
Pick from 10 modules to learn how to manage fear, anxiety and stress, and take control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Stress & Anxiety Companion
Guided breathing exercises, relaxing music and games made to help calm the mind, and handle stress and anxiety on the go.
Student Health App
Access more than 900 pages of reliable, regularly updated health information created for university students by NHS doctors.
Headspace: Meditation and Sleep
Just a few minutes can change your day.
This is a free app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it. Lists symptoms of anxiety. Offers strategies to manage worry, panic, conflict, ordinary anxiety, and three specialised categories of anxiety: test anxiety, social anxiety, and perfectionism. Also contains relaxation exercises.
This helps you take control of your worries and anxiety. Record, manage and problem solve your worries and anxiety based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Techniques.
A daily Planner and Self-Care Habit tracker: The ultimate self-care app! Build momentum for the day ahead with daily challenges for mindfulness and fitness.
Diary, Journal, Mood Tracker: A self-Care bullet Journal with goals – Mood diary and Happiness Tracker.
This is a free, fun, interactive program to help young people with low mood. Based on cognitive behaviour and interpersonal therapy, it consists of five modules, which help you to explore:
- Why you feel the way you do
- Changing the way you think
- Knowing what makes you upset
- Assertiveness and interpersonal skills training
The smart companion for managing your journey to recovery from eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, obsessive eating disorder, binge eating disorder and compulsive eating disorder.
Rise Up + Recover
This is just the app for you if you are struggling with food, dieting, exercise and body image. Based off self-monitoring homework, a cornerstone of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), it is a simple and convenient app that has been used millions of time around the world.
ParentPay - Our online payment service
We are pleased to announce that this system accepts payments online for items such as, school trips, revision guides and equipment. Using a secure website called ParentPay, you are able to pay online using your credit or debit card. ParentPay is our only method of making payments to Sixth Form. We do not accept cash.
ParentPay offers you the freedom to make online payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available.
Please log into Parent Pay via www.parentpay.com/Parents/Login. Each student has their own unique Parent Pay login that their parent or guardian can log onto and see their balance, as well as top up the account. The account shows the amount charged, the date and a description. If you have any queries regarding a payment, please email Mr Douglas - email@example.com
All parents and guardians are responsible for making sure that their child’s Parent Pay account is frequently topped up and kept up to date. The finance team keeps track of all accounts, and outstanding balances will be chased by phone, letter or email. Any balance which still remains unpaid will be followed up by a meeting with the Chief Operating Officer.
New to ParentPay?
- You should have received your activation letter which details the username and login details - if you do not have these please contact our the academy and we can arrange for this to be given to you.
- Login to www.parentpay.com
- Enter the username and password on your letter, these are case sensitive.
- Complete your details and register your email address, a link is then sent to this account, please check for this and click on the link, this is very important. Your account should then be activated.
- Once activation is complete you can go to straight to Items for payment, select which item(s) you want to add to your basket and proceed to complete your payment - please follow the on-screen instructions.
- To view payments that you have made click on 'History'
Coronavirus support and your mental health and well-being
- Wash your hands more often than usual with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds each time. Dry them thoroughly afterwards using the paper towels and disposing of these in the bins provided
- Alternatively, use the alcohol hand rub or sanitiser provided ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered
- Remember to ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ when sneezing or blowing your nose
- Try to avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes
- Anti-viral gels have been placed in all classrooms and offices. These can be used to disinfect
- Surfaces such as desks, keyboards, etc.
- Classroom doors and windows will be kept open, if possible, to maintain a good air flow
- Your teacher will retain a 2m distance from you as much as possible, limiting face to face
- Support (noting that it’s understood that this is not possible at all times, which is why
- Hygiene and hand cleaning is so important).
- You should avoid sharing equipment and resources (such as stationery)
- For further public guidance on the mental health and well-being aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit the Public Health England information page, by clicking here
- The also offer the guide in a number of different languages including, Arabic, Portuguese, French, Urdu and Chinese
- Please click here for the Public Health England guide on looking after your feelings and your body
- World Health Organization (WHO): Please click here for the WHO coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Mythbusters
- Harvard Health Publishing: Click here for tips on how to boost your immune system
Please read these useful guides on coping with isolation during the Covid-19 outbreak, self isolation tips, an excellent mini-workbook for anxiety management and how to respond effectively to Covid-19.
For NHS self help guides please click here
Mental health support in Sixth Form
Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity with over 25 years’ experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools. We provide support through one-to-one and group counselling using tried and tested methods backed by research. We support young people’s emotional development by offering them a safe space where they can express their feelings though talking, creative work and therapeutic play. This service is set up as follows:
Place2Be, a dedicated 45 minute weekly counselling service (access is assessed/prioritised by select staff teams).
Place2Talk, a lunch time drop in service, by appointment for 15 minutes to speak to a qualified therapist (open to all).
Place2Think, a staff support service, where the focus is the students which in turn helps the whole school to thrive.
The service is available on Tuesday afternoons for Oasis Sixth Form students.
Referrals for young people can be self-made or via pastoral teams or Safeguarding staff members.
If you would like to find out more about the service, please contact Kasa Khan - Place2Be School Project Manager on 020 7921 4531 or visit www.place2be.org.uk
School Nursing Service
The School Nursing Team is still here to support you. If you have any worries, questions or need advice you can still speak to us.
Chathealth for Students
ChatHealth is a messaging service for young people to receive confidential advice about health related issues. It's for young people attending school or living in Lambeth and Southwark aged 11-19 years. You can also have a Virtual face to face chat with your School Nurse through a Smart Phone, Tablet or Computer. You can text us during school holidays too. Find out more about the service and confidentiality on the Evelina London website.
To do this use the text service 07507332150 and ask for a link. The link can be sent either to your phone as a text message or if you give us your email we can send the link and instructions to that.
ParentLine is a messaging service for parents and carers of school aged children in Lambeth and Southwark. Parents and carers can message a school nurse to get confidential advice about their child's health related issues. School nurses work during school holiday periods, so you can get in touch then too. Find out more about the service and confidentiality on the Evelina London website.
The ParentLine number is 07520 631 130. This is a text number only and cannot receive phone calls.
If you feel like harming or hurting yourself or other people:
If you need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency, NHS 111 is the free number to call. They can direct you to your local crisis support services and also offer health advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Please click on the links below for guidance, toolkits and support.
- A parent’s guide to Black Lives Matter
- Healing In Action Toolkit
- Talking to Children about race and discrimination
- Supporting your child's mental health
- Worried about your child or young person? Get urgent help
- For the UCAS Parent, carers and guardian’s guide please click here for everything you need to support your child with their higher education choices.
What is a crisis?
If you need urgent help:
Call 111 to speak to the national NHS helpline for anyone with an urgent healthcare need that isn’t a 999 emergency. Tell them if you need a translator. They can give you self-care advice and connect you to a nurse, GP or other relevant service.
If you need less urgent help: