Health and Wellbeing.

At Forge Valley School, we take the physical and mental well being of our pupils and staff very seriously. We have therefore put together some useful information and websites for you to use and read.  

Please see below some resources from Unravel addressing and offering supportive information around the challenges of home schooling, the issues of dealing with boredom and managing the feelings of grief which self-isolation is activating in all of us to some degree.


Lockdown Grief

Importance of Sleep

Acknowledging your Childs Emotions

Strengthening emotional connections

Managing Challenging Behaviour

Rockpool Supporting Parents and Children Emotionally (SPACE)

Rockpool have produced these five factsheets for parents and practitioners with the aim of providing information about children's and adult's emotional behaviour.

Being Safe

Emotions and Healthy Relationships

Keeping Connected

Nurturing Environment

Understanding Resillience

Getting Sleep Routines back on Track - Sheffield City Council

A lack of sleep can cause havoc on children’s behaviour and concentration, as well as have a negative impact on their physical and mental wellbeing.

Short videos below from the Parenting Team give tips and advice on getting sleep back on track. You can contact the parenting team for advice on further work to support the family. In addition, Sleep Seminars are also being offered on Zoom and these are promoted on our Facebook Page. (Our Sheffield)

Getting your teenager’s sleep back on track:

Getting a good nights sleep for school – primary and early years:

Help Line to support Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health (for those aged 12-18 years)

Young people aged 12-18 living in Sheffield can now access support with issues such as low mood and anxious thoughts by calling0808 275 8892 Monday to Sunday 9am-9pm

The helpline is run by wellbeing practitioners who are part of the Door 43 wellbeing service at Sheffield Futures and Sheffield Community and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) workers at Sheffield Children’s Foundation Trust.

The team can speak to young people who might be struggling with challenges such as exam stress, relationship issues, bullying or feelings of loneliness and isolation.

The service can also signpost young people to additional services if they require more long-term support.

The Childrens Society

Coronavirus Covid-19 Information and support.

Epic Friends  

This site is all about helping you to help your friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally. 

Young Minds

We're leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.

Voice Collective  

Support and info for people hearing voices 14-19 year olds.

Sheffield Young Carers 

Support and information for young people who have a carer's role who are aged 8-25 year olds.

National Self Harm Network

National self-harm network; advice, information, distractions techniques adolescents.


Mental health advice; reducing stigma campaigns under 25 section.

Head Space 

Meditation/relaxation app 13 and up. "Brilliant things happen in calm minds".

Mental Health and Wellbing Apps

Student Psychological and Counselling Services.


Mindshift anxiety application 12 and up. 


Whether you are experiencing mental health issues, you are worried about someone else, or you are interested in how to stay mentally healthy, there are lots of different ways you can look after your mental health and find support.

Eating Disorders 

Under 18's helpline - 0845 634 7650 


Information, support, crisis line up to 19.  0800 1111 

Children & Young People's Empowerment Project

The Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project is a charity dedicated to raising the voices of young people and giving them the confidence, influence and platform to shape their world.


18 years and under | 0800 1111  


If you would like support and advice, you can talk to one of our Family Support Workers by calling our confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222. You can also share experiences and advice with other parents on our Forums. Family Lives is here for you and you can contact us about any family issue, big or small.

Calm Harm App

Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you so wish. You will be able to track your progress and notice change.

Young Deafhope

Young DeafHope is a unique project working with young Deaf people of eleven years and older, to raise awareness of abuse and domestic violence. Our aim is to help young people change or avoid abusive behaviour, and to help them to have healthy relationships and stay safe.

Underwear Rule 

NSPCC have launched a video version of our successful Underwear Rule guide to help deaf children talk PANTS and stay safe.

Kooth is an online counselling and support service which is now available to all young people in Sheffield aged 11-18 years and to those who are leaving the care system up to 25. It is a safe, confidential and anonymous way for young people to access emotional wellbeing and early intervention mental health and support.

Papyrus UK is a confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through their helpline,


Hub of Hope

The Hub of Hope is the world’s first of its kind mental health database bringing grassroots and national mental health services together in one place for the first time ever.

Using the location of web browser or mobile devices, the cloud-based web application allows anyone, anywhere to find the nearest source of support for any mental health issue, from depression and anxiety to PTSD and suicidal thoughts, as well as providing a ‘talk now’ button connecting users directly to the Samaritans.

It is currently the biggest and most comprehensive resource of its kind, with more than 1,200 validated support networks already registered on the web app and this number increasing each day. It has been endorsed by the Samaritans and 25 other national mental health support organisations and trusts.

Supporting Your Child During Exam Time (Young Minds)

As we start to move towards exam season, Young Minds have launched advice for parents about supporting their children.

You can find out more here:

Sheffield Flourish

Sheffield Flourish have now launched the Sheffield Suicide Support website, which is available here

Protect Young Eyes

We help create safer digital spaces. #FORTHEKIDS


SAYiT’s Vision

To create an environment that supports the sexual and emotional wellbeing of young people and empowers LGBT+ young people and those affected by HIV to transform their own lives and that of their peers by addressing issues of awareness, developing knowledge and addressing organisational discrimination and inequality.

Cavendish Cancer Care

Cavendish Cancer Care

Cavendish Cancer Care is a local Sheffield charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with cancer in South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. We believe no one should face cancer alone, so we provide emotional support through counselling and complementary therapies to the patient, their carer and their children. Our services are provided free of charge and we rely on the donations from supporters and help from volunteers to continue our work. We provide the support that local families deserve.

Please see their brochure here

Sexual Health: 

Drop In at Shooters Grove Family Centre, Mondays 3.00pm to 4.30pm.

No appointments necessary. Confidential advice about contraception and sexual health.

Children and Young People - Sheffield Mental Health Guide 

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Children & Young people - Hopeagain 0808 808 1677

Adult - Cruse Bereavement Care - 0808 808 1677 

Child Bereavement

Explaining miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a newborn baby to young children (Child Bereavement UK)

Winston's Wish

Another useful source of support and information around bereavement is Winston's Wish. A useful summary of their support for children experiencing loss is here.

National Autistic Society

Incidentally, the NAS have had launched their re-brand this week with a new logo, and a new vision for 'a society that works for autistic people'.


It can be difficult to discuss death and bereavement, or help a child or adult with autism to cope with a death. Every autistic person, and their level of understanding, is different. The NAS have guidance here.

Grief Support for Young People

Please find below links to both Google play and the iOS App stores. 

NEW Helpline for Grief and Bereavement

Grief Encounter is one of the UK’s leading bereaved child charities, providing free, pioneering services and support to bereaved children, young people and their families.

Phone: 0808 802 0111 (Free to call; Monday - Friday 9am - 9pm)


Counselling Service

Who is our school counsellor?

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, I am Elaine Lindley and the School Counsellor at Forge Valley School. I have 15 years’ experience of counselling in schools.

I trained in Integrative Counselling at Leeds University, and I am registered with the BACP. I then did a Post Graduate Diploma to work with children and young people, which I did in Manchester. I wanted to have a variety of “tools” in my “tool bag” to meet the different and often complex needs of young people.

Working creatively has proved successful, and I now offer up to 20 or so activities which include: sand, clay, painting, drawing & colouring, teddy-bears, Lego etc. The pupils decide / choose each session, however  they can just talk if they prefer. The number of sessions varies depending on need, on average 6-8 works for minor concerns, but more deep- rooted issues can take longer, the pupil and I decide this together.

Elaine Lindley MBACP. 

Why do we have a counselling service?

At Forge Valley School, we understand the pressures that young people can face as they grow and develop. We see the counselling service as a way of helping young people to build their resilience to manage these pressures both inside school and in their personal lives.

We offer counselling to make a service as accessible as possible to our pupils to help support their emotional health and wellbeing.

How can Counselling help?

The counselling service is a way to offer young people the opportunity to talk about things that are concerning them. Our school counsellor is extremely experienced in working with young people and listening to them in a non-judgmental way, offering them the opportunity to think about their concerns in a different way and find ways to support themselves. 

Young people can talk to the school counsellor about a variety of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, bullying, self-harm, low self-esteem, bereavement, relationship issues, friends or family issues for example.

Is the service confidential?

The school counsellor will not discuss what a child has said to them in the sessions unless there are concerns that the young person is at risk of significant harm.

In these circumstances the school counsellor will speak to appropriate staff in school and possible outside organisations to ensure that the young person is safe.

Will I be informed if by child receives counselling?

Children may ask for counselling and if they are capable of fully understanding what is involved, may be offered support without the permission of a parent/carer. 

This is to ensure that a relationship of trust can be built so that the young person can feel confident to speak openly and freely about their concerns.

The school counsellor will always encourage a young person to talk to their parent/carer when is appropriate to do so.

If you have strong feelings about this as a parent/carer, please let us know. 

How is the counselling service accessed?

The counselling service can be accessed by a request from a parent/carer, staff member or by a self-referral from a young person. 

Counselling is completely voluntary and a young person will never be expected to take part if they do not consent to do so.

Where does counselling take place?

Sessions take place on a one-to-one basis with the school counsellor in a private room. Sessions usually last between 45 minutes to an hour. Sessions will be offered based on the individual needs of the young person.

What is the cost?

The cost of the service is free to pupils at Forge Valley School.

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