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What's New

NEWS: The AcSEED Newsletter

28th July 2022

AcSEED Newsletter for July 2022

NEWS: UK Government blog

21st July 2022

What we are doing to improve the mental health of children and young people

NEWS: AcSEED at MHW Show 2022

11th May 2022

AcSEED were a presenter and exhibitor at the Mental Health and Wellbeing show in Cardiff on 10th May 2022

NEWS: Wistaston Accreditation

25th April 2022

Wistaston Church Lane Academy in Crewe, Cheshire receive AcSEED Award

NEWS: Gorse Hall Accreditation

7th April 2022

Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School in Stalybridge, Cheshire receive AcSEED Award

NEWS: Crosby High Accreditation

7th April 2022

Crosby High School in Crosby, Merseyside receive AcSEED Award

NEWS: St Olave's Accreditation

1st April 2022

St Olave's Grammer School in Orpington, Kent receive AcSEED Award

NEWS: St Paul's Accreditation

19th August 2021

St Paul's Church of England Primary School in Stalybridge, Cheshire receive AcSEED Award

NEWS: The AcSEED Newsletter

14th December 2020

AcSEED Newsletter for December 2020

NEWS: On-line Wellbeing Support

11th December 2020

Kooth: An on-line Mental Health Support Platform

NEWS: Mental Health in Schools Conference

11th November 2020

Report from the Westminster Insight conference on Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools

NEWS: Fairfield Road Accreditation

20th October 2020

Fairfield Road Primary School receive AcSEED Award

NEWS: Newport Girls' get AcSEED Award

31st August 2020

Congratulations to Newport Girls' High School in Shropshire ...

NEWS: First AcSEED Wellbeing Centre

25th June 2019

Trinity School and College opens the first AcSEED Wellbeing Centre

Matthew's Story

I'm 15 years old and currently still at school. I have been self harming and bulimic since I was 13 but didn't tell anyone until I was 14. There were teachers at my school aware of my mental illnesses but they didn't do anything about it, maybe they didn't know what to do. So I had to go to the school counsellor myself, a decision I found very difficult. She was very caring and never judged me, she just listened. However I had to wait about 3 months until I started seeing her because of the waiting list and the priority of my illness, which was apparently lower than others. This really didn't help things, and made me feel insignificant and like I was just a pain. Once I did get the counselling I found it really helpful, she gave me ways to distract myself and didn't force me to stop straight away but gradually, whilst trying to get me to focus on the support I could get around me. Although I still had to wait sometimes up to 3 weeks until I saw her again.

I think it is so important for teachers to learn about the common mental illnesses teenagers face today, they should have a general idea of the subject and training in how to deal with them. Then they won't judge you or single you out because they find it a difficult subject. It should also be taught to students from year 9 onwards so they know exactly what to do if they or a friend starts to feel any symptoms of mental illnesses and to minimize bullying. This could be done in PSE lessons as part of the syllabus.