We run a number of projects in schools and colleges across Southampton to help support you with anything you’re going through.
Southampton Healthy Ambition
Southampton Healthy Ambition (SHA) is a partnership between No Limits and Solent NHS. It’s about making sure that children and young people get the most out of their education by encouraging and supporting good attendance at school. It does this in two ways:
- In school – any young person aged 11-19 can get one-to-one support from an emotional health and well-being (EHWB) worker.
- Outside of school – Our Family Navigators work with families of children and young people aged 5-19 whose attendance is low or at risk of suffering, due to any emotional or health related issue, whether it affects them directly or is within the family.
Emotional Health and Well-being Workers
Our Emotional Health and Well-being Workers can support you in your school with one-to-one support around anything that is bothering you, such as how you’re feeling, your mood, self-esteem, healthy eating, sexual health and relationships, as well as advice around substances and stopping smoking.
Emotional Health and Well-being Workers also deliver targeted groups in your school that you could join, run by the same Emotional Health and Wellbeing Worker. These might include anxiety, anger management, self-esteem, exam stress and more depending on which school you at. These groups are based on the need in the school you attend.
Appointments for one-to-one support or group support with an Emotional Health and Well-being Worker can be made in your school through the student pastoral support team.
Every GP practice in Southampton has a named Family Navigator who can accept referrals for young people aged 5-19 years old and their families. Family Navigators can offer the following:
- An assessment, support and signposting to families where a child or young people’s attainment or attendance at school is impacted by a health issue.
- Engagement with families and young people aged 5-19 years old to enable them to connect to the help they need, receive assistance in a timely way and gain support to negotiate challenging situations.
Primary Mental Health Workers
Primary Mental Health Workers support young people aged 11-18 who are experiencing emotional or low level mental health difficulties that may not meet the CAMHS criteria. They will work either on a short term or a long term basis depending on the needs of the individual, providing support with the following: anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts (without attempting or making plans to commit suicide), low mood, consistently getting angry, being withdrawn from others, body image, self-esteem, self-worth, bullying, help to minimise the impact of negative life experiences.
Primary Mental Health Workers can provide support in different ways, not limited to, but including: solution focused intervention, guided self-help, group work and one-to-one sessions. You can see your Primary Mental Health Worker in your school, college or at a Solent or No Limits base. Each appointment will last up to an hour and will be with the same worker either weekly or fortnightly.
You can be referred to the Primary Mental Health team by a No Limits worker or a CAMHS SPA Worker.
Buzz is delivered by the DASH team at No Limits. Through Buzz, the team delivers lessons, assemblies and outreach sessions at schools, youth clubs, community centres and other youth groups across Southampton to young people aged 14 to 15 years old.
Buzz sessions involve young people in discussions about the risks involved in drinking alcohol or using substances in order to equip them with the information they need to make healthy choices. There is an emphasis on exploring ways they can enjoy themselves without substances by participating in alternative activities.
Keeping things in perspective
It’s helped put things into perspective and I think about you when I’m at home doing revision.