We understand the challenges that some of our students may face whilst studying in the UK. Moving to a new country and becoming a Boarding School student is a big adjustment. It’s natural for students to feel nervous or worried before they fully settle in to school life. Some students may be more prone to mental health issues such as anxiety or depression and we understand the importance of providing support to these students.
Talking about any mental health issues a student may experience whilst at school is the first step to them feeling better. Academic Families are always on hand to help students to find extra support. Our staff are open, non-judgmental and understand the importance of listening. Students can go to any person they feel comfortable with, but some of the best people to talk to include,
If it is determined that a student requires specialist support they may be referred to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). CAMHS is a service that supports the mental health of young people through a range of therapies.
Academic Families staff are trained by Mental Health First Aid England, so we have the necessary skills to support students who may be struggling with their mental health at Boarding School. The two-day training course equips us with the knowledge and understanding to spot mental health issues before they escalate.
We believe in the importance of having a team of people around our students to keep them safe, happy and successful. We have excellent relationships with all schools that we work with and are in regular contact with them to work together to provide the correct student support. Our host families also take part in safeguarding training and take the welfare of our students seriously.
Before the start of each term we try to meet our new students in person so that they feel comfortable enough to approach us should they ever have any issues. We understand that coming to a new place can cause anxiety, so our video calls before the start of term give students a chance to talk to us about any of their worries. Being prepared and managing expectations is a great way to reduce anxiety, so we encourage all students (and parents) to read our handbooks before coming to the UK.
Whilst students dealing with mental health issues won’t all experience the same symptoms, there are some key signs to look out for, including
There are plenty of charities and organisations who provide help for young people with mental health difficulties. Young Minds are a UK based mental health organisation and their website is a great starting point for finding support. Samaritans offer confidential helplines which are free to contact and are open 24 hours a day. Similarly, Childline supports anyone in the UK under the age of 19. By calling 08001111 or visiting their website, students can chat with a trained Childline counsellor about anything they may be struggling with.
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