St Julians School

Health and Wellbeing

Newport MIND - Project Parent

The Whole School Approach team at Newport Mind would like to share Project Parent with parents and caregivers.  Project Parent was created in collaboration with young people, in order to let their parents and caregivers know how they want to be supported to talk about their feelings.

Video -  

Booklet – Linked below 

This resource present information about:

•            Actions that create barriers to communication

•            Phrases young people feel create a barrier

•            Phrases young people want to hear

•            Active listening skills

•            Signposting for young people, and parents and caregivers

We have compiled some guidance and information below to support our St Julian's School students, parents/carers and also our wider communities to feel happy and healthy. Our aim is to provide support to our families as they develop and deliver their own health and wellbeing plans if they are absent from school and work.

We recommend Welsh Government’s national drive in promoting the five steps of health and wellbeing;

  • Connect. If possible, connect and keep in touch with people around you: family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Check on one another, if visits are not possible then phone, WhatsApp, text or face time.

  • Be active. If possible, get active; walk, run, cycle, play a game, gardening, dancing or construct your own home-made circuit. Ensure you are eating well, drinking water and getting the rest you need to be healthy.

  • Take notice. Be observant of yourself, others and your environment. Give compliments, support one another, be kind and look for something beautiful in your family or nature.

  • Keep learning. Stay interested in local, national and international developments. How can you help yourself and others? Be aware of other opportunities to progress your learning through the school website and Google Classrooms.

  • Give. Being there for one another is so important; random acts of kindness, encouragement, love and generosity. Invest in yourself, family and loved ones; compassion, time, patience and citizenship.

Useful Links to Help You Stay Physically and Mentally Healthy


Ideas And Activities To Keep You Busy

Click on the image above for the link.




Free Applications

There are loads of useful applications in the App Store to support your physical and mental wellbeing. These apps   are free, some NHS approved and others that are simply helpful with studying or keeping your mind at ease.

From cooking to meditation, here are a few free apps for the whole family to try:

Change 4 Life

Changing Health

Couch to 5K


Easy Meals

Feeling Good :
Positive Mindset

For Me



iPrescribe Exercise


My Cognitive Home


Smart Recipes


Student Health




Useful Websites

At this time you might have many questions you would like answered, and at points you might find yourself anxious and stressed.

Below are a number of websites that will be able to help:

●  For general worries, go to ​​ ​or call ​0800 1111

●  For help with stress, anxiety and general mental health, go to

● For advice on your thoughts, feelings and worries, go to

Here are some other useful websites:

Talking Zone - School Counselling Service

As you may already be aware, Talking Zone has always provided an online counselling service for students. However, previously this has only been available once a week. During this anxiety-provoking period this has been increased to operate daily as outlined below.

  • Monday         2-6pm
  • Tuesday        11-3pm
  • Wednesday   11-3pm
  • Thursday       5-9pm
  • Friday             2-6pm

For more information and the Talking Zone website, please follow the attached link.

Changing Minds

Changing Minds has launched a new virtual scheme today called Write With You.

This is an email service that aims to help bring young people together, who in this time of uncertainty with educational establishments being closed, might end up feeling a bit lonely or bored!

The scheme is open for any young person aged 11-25 who is living in Newport and has access to an email account.

Newport Mind's Wellbeing Ambassadors (young volunteers aged 14-25) will be the ones that will be replying to young peoples emails. This makes this an online peer support scheme.

If you would like to apply for this email scheme, then please see the attached form HERE. This document includes further information and instructions on how to apply.


The Changing Minds team at Newport Mind have put together the following 2-minute survey to find out the current needs of  the Children, Young People and Families within our communities at this difficult time:

Monday 1st June 2020

Newport MIND have created a video that introduces parents to how CBT techniques can be used to help young people to identify negative thoughts and replace them with more helpful ones. They are also planning to release a follow-up Q&A session in two weeks time, responding to questions people have about parent-led CBT and sharing any stories of their experiences of trying this out.  So please get in touch if you are interested!

'Parent Led CBT' Video

Thursday 18th June 2020

Newport MIND have released their next session of their Wise for Wellbeing series. This week, their focus is on relaxation. They have produced an informative video where questions are answered and discussed, such as 'Why is relaxation important?', 'Building our Option's, 'Guided Visualisation', relaxing activities and many more.

Wise for Relaxation | Newport MIND

Wednesday 12th August 2020

BOOST - Building On Our Own Support Tools

BOOST is a new wellbeing service offering up to 6 sessions of 1-2-1 support for young people ages 10-18 in Newport.

A member of the BOOST team will support young people to build tools and coping strategies to help them manage their mental health and wellbeing.

BOOST 1-2-1 Support Referral Form - Adult Version

BOOST 1-2-1 support REFERRAL FORM - Young Person Version

BOOST Poster - PDF Version


The NSPCC are running a national campaign reminding adults to contact them if they have concerns about children.

If you would like more information, then please visit the NSPCC website or see the document titled 'NSPCC and DfE helpline toolkit (bilingual)' below.

Safe Internet Use

Call for parents to help keep children safe online.

Gwent Police is joining forces with local education authorities to warn parents about the dangers that lurk online.

It comes following an increase in the number of reports of children sharing indecent images online.

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, going online has become a way of life. It’s where we all learn, work and socialise. For children, going online is the new classroom, playground or play date. Sadly, there are people out there that take advantage of this and pray on the young.

Gwent Police, with its’ partners, is launching a new campaign with the simple message to parents; stop what you are doing; talk to your children about staying safe online; and protect them from harm.

Videos can be found here:

Website here:

Virtual School Nurse Support sessions

Barnardo’s counselling and wellbeing services

The children’s charity Barnardo’s is launching two new services to support vulnerable families who are struggling to cope with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

'See, Hear, Respond' will work with families across Wales, offering practical and therapeutic support including counselling seven days a week. The aim is to help those facing a wide range of challenges, from anxiety, loneliness and isolation to children struggling with a return to school and parents worried about relationship breakdowns or poverty.

The second will be a UK-wide helpline, the first of its kind specifically for children from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities who are among those who have been most badly affected. 

Families in Wales can now contact See, Hear, Respond on 0800 157 7015 or visit

The helpline for children from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds is 0800 151 2605 or visit

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please see the Barnardo's website - Barnardo’s launches counselling and wellbeing services for families struggling with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in Wales

NHS Services for Children in Gwent

From it's scheduled opening date of Tuesday17th November, children who require emergency treatment will go to The Grange University Hospital.

Minor Injury Units for children over 1 years old will remain at the Royal Gwent Hospital or Nevil Hall Hospital, Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr and Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan.

All children aged under 1 year old will need to be seen at The Grange University Hospital.


Umbrella Cymru

Gender and Sexual Diversity Support Specialists - Our aim is to advance gender and sexual diversity, equality and inclusion across Wales.

Rainbow Newport

Our mission is to make Newport a friendlier City for all of the LGBT+ community. We aim to put on monthly LGBT+ events, from a monthly Coffee Club to quiz nights. We have no age limit and everyone is welcome. Some venues may have an age restriction though. We will try to ensure all of our event are accessible to everyone.

We want to ensure we can develop a one stop info station for people who are LGBT+ but for family and friends too. We are a group of volunteers living or working in Newport who wishes to make things that little bit easier for the LGBT+ community who may be facing difficult times.


We believe we're stronger united, so we partner with organisations that help us create real change for the better. We have laid deep foundations across Britain - in some of our greatest institutions - so our communities can continue to find ways to flourish, and individuals can reach their full potential. We’re here to support those who can’t yet be themselves.

Important Information for Children and Families

Please see below important information from Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, who provide NHS healthcare services to our families.


When the new Grange University Hospital, in Cwmbran, opened on 17th November 2020, the way you access urgent healthcare changed – it is vitally important that you understand these changes for you and your family.


Please visit our website for full information about these changes (  A dedicated information leaflet on children and maternity services can be found at

#ClinicalFutures #GrangeUniHospital #NHSWales

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Intergenerational Survey for Secondary School pupils

The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board are always striving to do better. Our pupil’s opinions will help them do just that. Therefore they have created a survey and would really value your pupil’s feedback on the intergenerational practice that you have undertaken in the past. 

The survey below focuses on your experience of being part of intergenerational practice and should only take a few minutes to complete depending on your answers. All the answers you submit will be confidential and not attributed to you, unless you expressly agree otherwise.

This survey is being carried out by the Person Centred Care team at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. Please be assured that in no way will you be identified, unless you have provided consent otherwise. Participation is completely voluntary and you may withdraw at any time. Your survey answers will be combined with the answers from all other participants and used for our own research reporting. 


Young Carers


Carers Trust South East Wales (CTSEW) will be offering a range of additional mental health and wellbeing support, available free of charge for carers of all ages across south east Wales until the end of March 2021.

A range of options are available, from online workshops to counselling sessions.

Boxing and Mindfulness sessions 

A four session online course, combining non-contact boxing training and mindfulness. Delivered by experienced mindfulness teachers and pro boxing trainers, the innovative sessions are accessible for all ages and abilities and are designed to enhance physical and mental wellbeing in a dynamic and fun way. Carers signing up must be available to attend all 4 sessions.

Juniors, aged 6 – 11 years -  Mondays, 4:30-5:30pm 

·         08/02/21 

·         15/02/21 

·         22/02/21 

·         01/03/21 

Seniors, aged 12 – 18years - Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm 

·         08/02/21 

·         15/02/21 

·         22/02/21 

·         01/03/21 

Adults (aged over 18years) - Tuesdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm 

·         09/02/21 

·         16/02/21 

·         23/02/21 

·         02/03/21 

Online health and wellbeing sessions, January – March 2021

One off sessions covering a variety of topics to support good mental health and wellbeing

Adult Carers

(aged 18yrs +)



Date and Time


Jan 21st,  11:15am – 12:30pm



Jan 26th, 11;15am – 12:30pm

Virtual with support in the hubs, if possible



Date and Time

Stress & Anxiety: Coping Techniques

Feb 8th, 11:15am – 12:30pm



Feb 19th, 10:30am-11:45am

Virtual with support in the hubs, if possible



Date and Time

Dealing with feelings of guilt

March 25th, 12:30pm –1:45pm



March 29th, 11:15am-12:30pm

Virtual with support in the hubs, if possible

Sleep Soundly

March 1st, 12:30pm –1:45pm



March 2nd, 11:15am -12:30pm

Virtual with support in the hubs, if possible


Young Carers 

(aged under 18yrs) 



Date and Time 


Jan 22nd 5pm-6:15pm  



Date and Time 

Stress & Anxiety: Coping Techniques  

Feb 11th 5pm-6:15pm  



Date and Time 

Dealing with feelings of guilt  

March 25th, 5pm-6:15pm  

Sleep Soundly  

March 29th 5pm-6:15pm  

All of these services will be available to all carers living in (or caring for someone who lives in):  Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr, Monmouthshire, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Torfaen or The Vale of Glamorgan.

For further information or to book a space, please visit our website .


Aneurin Bevan University Health Board – Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Division

The Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Division is pleased to officially launch a new public engagement to help improve adult mental health services across Gwent.

The Health Board would like to invite people living in Gwent to contribute their experiences and views on how we can transform mental health services for the adult population of Gwent.

We would encourage everyone to get involved with this engagement and to make their views known. By working together to shape our plans, we can all make a positive difference.  Please feel free to share this email with your networks and anyone in Gwent you think would be interested.

We are seeking your views on Transforming Adult Mental Health Services in Gwent

  • Click here to read our ideas
  • Click here to complete our online questionnaire
  • Click here to request information on dates and how to attend our public Covid-Safe ‘virtual meetings.
  • Click here to ask us a question

Engagement closing date 21/02/2021

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board -

Since the launch of the Covid vaccine, the team at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board have been working tirelessly on the biggest vaccination programme we’ve seen in our lifetime.

Please see the links attached below for the latest community news and updates, such as Covid-19 Vaccine Update.

Newport Mind

Newport Mind have produced a guide to helping you stay productive and positive whilst learning at home, such as top tips for setting up your workspace.

Please see the links attached below for these great resources!

Newport Mind - Online Learning Toolkit

Newport Mind - 7 Day Organiser


Join Carers Trust to recognise and celebrate young carers’ skills.

Everyday across the UK thousands of young people help look after someone in their family or a friend, who is ill, frail, disabled, or has a mental health condition or addiction.

Get involved with Carers Trust’s Young Carers Action Day Campaign.

Support young and young adult carers to realise their education, ambitions and future career dreams.

Find out more and get free resources to help you at:

ABB Healthier Together

Please see below information from Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, who have launched a new website for young people, parents / carers and families to access health care information from local professionals. 

A great new way for young people, expecting parents, and parents to access local health care advice and guidance of choosing how to access care. Please visit: