Back to school

As school gates get ready to open in September, we understand you might have concerns about going back to school. Whether you’re worried about your studies, concerned about how you’ll fit in after such a long period away from school, or being exposed to the virus, it’s ok to feel anxious and stressed.

We’re here to help.

It’s ok to feel anxious about returning to school. There are some simple things you can do to take care of your mental health:


Speak to your friends and teachers about how you are feeling. You’re not alone and your friends will have similar worries so don’t be afraid to share how you feel.


Plan your journey to school in advance and think about how you can socially distance by walking or cycling. If you’re using public transport, don’t forget to wear a mask.


Think about what you would say to someone if they shared their worries or anxieties with you. 


Try and think positively about going back through the gates. Many things will be different this year but there are still many positives about being back with your friends and restarting your studies back in school.

We have developed a wide range of online resources available to help with your mental and physical wellbeing. This includes Kooth – a completely free and anonymous community, where you can chat to people who are feeling the same way you do about going back to school or speak to a counsellor directly.

We also have a selection of tools to help with your wellbeing such as mood swings, lack of sleep and anxiety through Good Thinking

It’s important to act quickly if you feel like you need help or someone to talk to. Despite the pandemic, our services are open as usual so please contact your GP to make an appointment.

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Kooth – An online mental wellbeing community

Join Kooth to receive, free, anonymous and safe mental wellbeing support. It doesn’t matter how big or small your concern is, the Kooth community is available to support you through it all.

Kooth is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and can be accessed  from noon until 10pm (weekdays) and from 6pm until 10pm (Saturday and Sundays). Answer a few simple questions to sign up, then log into to read articles, engage with people your age, or simply speak to a counsellor online. 

We’ve put together a list of resources and services for south east London residents aged 11 to 19.

We are here to…
listen to you, talk to you, help you.

What worries you?

Bereavement? Sleep? Bullying? Money?

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