This page gives useful advice for parents and pupils on a range of issues related to school life.
To book an appointment with a Counsellor, you can do so directly by clicking on the link below:
Returning to School after lockdown
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Please find below some really useful links for tips on maintaining good mental health and local agencies that can help.
Aware NI and AMH both provide excellent workshops for pupils in school throughout the year as part of their Personal Development education.
Text a Nurse
A new Text-a-Nurse Service has been launched to provide young people with a secure and confidential text messaging service to a School Nurse for advice and support.
The service is aimed at 11-19 year olds and will be delivered by the Health Trust’s School Nursing Teams.
This new scheme will allow young people to seek advice about sensitive health issues without a face-to-face appointment. School nurses will provide help on a range of issues including
• Emotional health and wellbeing
• Stress and anxiety
• Body image
• Alcohol and drugs
• General health issues and concerns
A qualified School Nurse will respond to the young people’s messages using the ChatHealth web platform which aims to transform the ways in which young people communicate with health professionals.
Nurses will be available to young people from 9-5 Monday-Friday, excluding Bank Holidays. The aim is for all messages to have received a response within 24 hours. The number for our area is
Southern Trust Text -A-Nurse: 07507 328 057
Sleep is an essential element of maintaining physical health and wellbeing, and many of us struggle to get enough of it. These information sheets may help you redress the balance:
Further advice on diet physical health and wellbeing may be found at the following links:
Follow this link for some research based advice to get the best results from your revision!
Click here for advice if you are stressed out with exams or life in general!
Stressed out with exams or life in general
Anti Bullying Ambassadors
In Banbridge Academy, we play a crucial role in raising awareness of the risks, highlighting the impact of behaviour when engaging with online technologies and educating children and young people about how to act appropriately and stay safe.
We also want to engage parents/guardians on these issues by making important online safety messages available through dedicated parent evenings and through our school website/social media where appropriate.
Here are some links and resources which you may find useful:
Report Harmful Content
The national reporting centre assisting everyone in reporting legal but harmful content online
Lacking motivation? Here’s some inspiration!
Here are some ‘Top Tips’ from Parenting NI
- Family support NI provides a great list of the various support services available in each area in NI.
- Parentline NI- Advice, support and guidance for parents- 0808 8020 400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Parent talk the teenage years – Care for the family
- This is a link to a range of podcasts created by Care for the Family especially for parents of teenagers, covering topics such as relationships, the digital age, self-esteem and much more.
If you think of any other useful tips for life as a teenager or for surviving parenting teenagers, please share them with us at email@example.com
Learning for life!
Let Steven Jobs inspire you:
In celebration of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, AWARE are launching a free online version of their Living Life to the Full well-being programme.
Living Life to the Full (18+)
The six-session programme uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) concepts to help you manage your feelings when you are stressed, worried, or depressed. It teaches you simple, practical skills to help you cope with life’s challenges. The session will be delivered in short video sessions on YouTube.
For more info and to register, go to https://www.aware-ni.org/booking-living-life-to-the-full/