Aliceson O’Beirne is the Director of Physical and Mental Health at The Stephen Longfellow Academy. She has over 20 years of experience working in the NHS as a Registered Nurse and Health Visitor.
Aliceson gives guidance within school on the physical, emotional and mental health of pupils in both our primary and secondary provisions. As required, she will work with external professionals and health related agencies to fully support our pupils.
Aliceson is responsible for creating individual healthcare plans for all pupils with medical conditions. She is also responsible for organising health related sessions in school such as immunisations and referrals to other health professionals when required.
Aliceson provides support on a range of issues to our pupils:
- Emotional health
- Mental health issues
- Sexual health
- Substance misuse
If you have any concerns about your child’s health in school, please contact Aliceson on 0113 368 5999.
Counselling & Psychotherapy
The Stephen Longfellow Academy has two full time counsellors, Lucy Robinson and Mallory Arnett, who support pupils in school with their emotional and mental health.
What is counselling?
Counselling helps people to come to terms with their problems, with the aim of overcoming them.
Some of our pupils may face difficult events in their lives, such as bereavement, bullying, illness, relationships, trauma, or mental health issues. They may also face underlying problems such as anxiety or depression.
Counselling can help pupils to deal with these issues by helping them to look at them more clearly and find positive solutions to their problems.
How does counselling help?
Even people with supportive family and friends may find it difficult to take about feeling anxious or depressed. They may find it easier to talk about personal, family or relationship issues with the school’s psychotherapist.
The therapist will listen, encourage and empathise, but will also help the pupil to see their issues more clearly or from a different perspective. Therapy will involve talking about life events, feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour.
What happens during counselling?
The amount of sessions will vary based on the needs of the young person. Typically, counselling will last for 6 – 12 sessions. What is talked about in these sessions is completely private, and the therapist will only share what has been spoken about if they believe that the child is at risk.
The aim of the therapist is to help the child understand themselves better and find their own solutions to resolve or cope with their issues.
The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep!
Getting a good night’s sleep is so important.
A good night’s sleep helps us to concentrate, improves our memory and increases our performance.
How to improve sleep:
- Have a regular bedtime
- Avoid using devices such as mobile phones and watching TV for 30 minutes before bedtime
- Avoid having drinks with caffeine in late at night e.g. tea, coffee, coke & energy drinks
- Avoid having long naps during the day