Imagine a school with a mental health professional on hand every week, for staff, for children, for parents.
For staff to have a referral pathway when they need it and for parents to have chance to offload and seek advice on how to support at home.
WHO WE ARE
Bridge the Gap Child Mental Health C.I.C. are a Derby based emotional health hub for children aged between 5 and 25 years. We want ALL children to feel that they matter, that they are loved and that they are not alone.
WHAT WE DO
We have a multi-disciplinary team who deliver high quality emotional education and long term mentoring to children to support their mental health. Sadly, statistics show that in Derby, the likelihood of a child taking their own life is significantly higher than national averages. We work closely with schools and other partners in the city to ultimately save children's lives.
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bridging the gap for mental health
Are you interested in transforming your school into a mentally healthy environment? At Bridge the Gap School, we offer tailored packages of comprehensive mental health support for students, parents, and teachers.
In the face of increasing mental health crises, suicides, and self-harm affecting school communities, our primary goal is to empower schools with the knowledge and tools to ensure the safety and well-being of their students and staff.
By enquiring about our personalised support package, your school can access specialised resources and assistance that cater to your unique needs. We encourage you to schedule a visit to your school, where you can meet our team, inquire about the positive impact we bring to mental health, and discover how our initiatives enhance classroom engagement and learning.
At Bridge the Gap Child Mental Health, our primary focus is on delivering training in essential areas that contribute to the well-being of children and families. We are dedicated to supporting schools by providing a space for learning, empowering them with knowledge that can genuinely impact both their staff and the children or families they interact with.
Central to all our training is Emotional Literacy, which forms the foundation for understanding how it connects to the key areas of learning and development. By grasping this concept, we can delve deeper into topics often only touched upon superficially, allowing us to make a more profound impact.
Our team ensures that participants gain a comprehensive understanding of mental health and feel confident in integrating all the necessary elements to effectively support mental health concerns.
At the bottom of this page you'll find some of the areas we specialise in. If there's a particular topic you're interested in exploring that isn't listed, please reach out to us. We will be honest about whether we are the best fit to assist you in that area.
Our ultimate goal is to enhance child mental health within our local city and beyond. Our training equips you with the tools to be an active contributor to making a positive difference.
At Bridge the Gap Child Mental Health, we have developed a wide range of workshops catered to parents, aimed at boosting their confidence in actively supporting their child's mental health. Our workshops are designed to share valuable information in an accessible and relatable manner, fostering connections that empower parents to effectively assist their children.
Thanks to successful funding from schools, we offer parent empowerment sessions within school premises, along with emotional literacy sessions for both parents and children. Our workshops are versatile, conducted both in-person and online, and tailored to suit the specific needs, ages, and concerns of the participants' children. Throughout the sessions, we encourage and welcome any questions for clarification.
Rest assured, all our sessions provide a safe and non-judgmental environment, with a relaxed and informal delivery style. We focus on a 3-week parent empowerment program with the following themes:
Week 1: Helping children understand anxiety
Week 2: Managing anger outbursts effectively
eek 3: Equipping your child with effective coping strategies
Amidst the pandemic, we transitioned our training to the virtual realm, developing online courses for parents and teachers to engage with at their convenience. Additionally, we crafted online lessons dedicated to providing schools with top-notch emotional education, adaptable for both home and classroom learning. This initiative culminated in the establishment of a comprehensive online platform for schools.
Currently, the platform comprises four one-hour CPD sessions and over 32 lessons tailored to primary and secondary education. Moreover, we offer teachers and parents of the school community access to specialised courses, namely 'Supporting Child Mental Health: an in-depth approach' and 'Supporting an Anxious Child'.
The content covers a wide range of topics, including anxiety, mental health, self-esteem, goal setting, growth mindset, friendships, empathy, and emotional literacy. Should you desire further information about the content and how your school can obtain complete access for an annual fee of £1000, please feel free to reach out to our school liaison officer, Richard Wyman, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 01332 600827.
As the platform continues to expand with new content, rest assured that your pricing remains constant, regardless of the additional materials incorporated.
Exploring the nuances of emotional development and cultivating genuine emotional resilience and intelligence.
*Supporting Anxiety in Children
Comprehending anxiety, worry, and panic in children, and acquiring strategies to educate and provide support in these aspects.
*Emotional Based School Avoidance
We are seeing an increase in children who are struggling with anxiety or trauma related to school, this session explores why, what is happening in their brain in these moments, when is it time to stop school, and practical tools and adaptations that can be made to help a child feel safe and engage in learning.
*Digital Media's Influence on Mental Health
Gaining insights into the effects of social media on our youth's well-being and learning ways to guide and offer support for responsible usage.
Delving into the concept of self-esteem and equipping parents and educators with tools to foster genuine self-confidence in children. Shifting focus from extrinsic rewards to cultivating intrinsic self-worth, thus promoting mental well-being and nurturing a growth mindset.
*Building Bonds and Co-Regulation
Exploring behavior patterns and decoding their significance as indicators of a child's needs. Equipping with practical techniques and knowledge to establish strong connections and engage in co-regulation to proactively minimise the need for de-escalation.