All children should have the chance to live happy and healthy lives

Our emotional wellbeing is just as important as our physical health. But when it comes to our children, there are so many pressures put on them that sometimes their emotional wellbeing starts to suffer. When that happens, it’s our job to make sure they understand how to cope with the stresses of life in a healthy way, so they can develop the resilience they need to lead happy, healthy lives.

At the Holistic Healthcare Group, we partner with schools to create conditions where both mental and physical health thrive, and engage the school community with programs to support student wellbeing. Our tailored programs are designed to suit the individual needs of the school, ensuring students have all the information they need to make the right decisions for them.

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Tailored Wellbeing

We don’t believe that every therapy is right for everyone, which is why we offer tailored school wellness programmes based on what you believe your students need. This can range from running assemblies on breathing exercises, to having more of a presence in the school and offering regular lessons on managing mental health, stress and pain. We all know it’s OK not to be OK, but we need to show our young people how to cope effectively when they are struggling.

Some of the therapies included in our school’s programme include, Counselling, Reiki, Reflexology, Massage, Aromatherapy, Homeopathy, Hypnotherapy, Life coaching, Psychology, Yoga, Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and much more.

Every one of our practitioners looks at the human system from a slightly different angle, which is what allows us to help every child find the right solution for them. We can work alongside your school to build a wellbeing programme to suit the needs of your students.

If you would like to find out more, just get in touch with the team today for your free consultation.

Why Manage Wellbeing In Schools?

We might not like to think about it, but:

  • Around 1 in 9 children aged 5-15 now suffer from some form of mental health disorder, with the biggest culprits being anxiety, depression and other emotional disorders.
  • Mental health issues are the second most common reason for children to take time off school.
  • Children from low-income families are 4 times more likely to experience mental health problems than children from higher-income families.
  • Among LGBTQ+ young people, 7 out of 10 girls and 6 out of 10 boys described experiencing suicidal thoughts. These children and young people were around 3 times as likely as others to have made a suicide attempt at some point.
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With new pressures put on children every day, from exams and career choices to new social interactions and a changing landscape for their future, it can be difficult for them to manage their own emotions and physical wellbeing, as well as the challenge of growing up.

But despite so many children needing support, only 1 in 4 young people will actively seek help on their own. Instead, research has shown that children and young people are more likely to use informal support sources (like online support), or seek the support offered by primary care professionals. And while many schools offer basic wellbeing programs that cover things like stress management, many students feel they could benefit from more tailored support from industry professionals.

That’s where we want to help. We believe that all children should have the chance to live happy and healthy lives. We help children manage their own mental, physical and emotional wellbeing in a safe environment.

Our school wellness programmes are designed to empower young people to take care of their minds, bodies and the people around them, building a foundation for lifelong learning and health. We help children understand that their body is one huge interconnected system, how to treat it in a holistic way.

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"The whole event was a huge success thanks to Sophie and her incredible team. The children loved the new experiences and comment that it made them free stress free and calm."

- Sarah Oliver | Head Teacher of Rowledge C of E Primary School

Rowledge C of E Primary school were in a very fortunate position last week to be able to work on one of their passions - well being for children. They teamed up with Sophie Kirk, from The Holistic Healthcare Group to provide all children with two days of unique insight into alternative therapies and how they might help children with their mental health. The children were able to find out about the possible benefits of Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching, Aromatherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga! this was quite an undertaking with over 40 therapists visiting the school across the two days.

Sarah Oliver, Headteacher said 'This was an opportunity that couldn't be missed. She believes that 'children need to know strategies for managing their feelings and the pressures of modern living'. She explained that 'There are many children in primary schools who are already developing the early signs of having mental health difficulties. The earlier we can support them in finding ways to manage these things the better chance they have of developing their resilience.'

She went on to say that 'The whole event was a huge success thanks to Sophie and her incredible team. The children loved the new experiences and comment that it made them free stress free and calm.'

The school intend to continue the work and are planning their next steps with Sophie.

Around 1 in 9 children aged 5-15 now suffer from some form of mental health disorder, with the biggest culprits being anxiety, depression and other emotional disorders

- The NHS

How Melp can help your students

There are a lot of different apps out there to support your mental health and wellbeing. Apps on mindfulness, apps on coaching, and apps on relaxation. There are so many choices out there it’s almost overwhelming, and you may end up with dozens of different apps sitting on your phone.

But what if you didn’t have to?

The average young adult is on their phone for between 5 and 7 hours a day, doing everything from schoolwork to watching videos. Mobile phones are an integral part of their identity, and a safety net for difficult conversations. Research has shown that when struggling with mental health issues, young people between 10 and 18 would prefer to text than to have a phone call or even talk to someone face to face.

So when it comes to wellness, it’s no surprise that there are hundreds of apps out there designed to support their mental and emotional development. Melp is the app that brings all of those apps together. So instead of having 15 different apps to support their mental wellbeing, students only need one. One that allows them to explore, and find things that will help them at every stage of their life.

Melp App

How Does Melp Work?

Once a student has the app downloaded, they can use it in a couple of different ways.

If they know what problem they are trying to solve (for example, anxiety), then they can simply search for it, and Melp will show them a range of the therapies that can help them address that issue. They can then choose which they would like to try out, and see which works best.

During the guided techniques a therapist will take users through using a tool, tip or technique that they use to help their own patients. For example, a student might want to try meditation for their anxiety, so they would choose a meditation video of a length that works for the time they have available, and a therapist will talk them through a guided meditation session.

Similarly, if they were struggling with depression, or motivation, they could use the tools in the same way.

When the student has chosen their therapy, they will have access to videos, audio files and images that explain a tool or technique, or take them through a guided session in the way an in-person therapist would. They can dip in and out of the sessions any time, and they will pick up right where you left off.

As an educational customer, your students will also enjoy a 15% discount on all therapies at our virtual and in-person clinics, should they choose to take their therapies further.

Request the Melp App Brochure for more information including prices etc.

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