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      Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   06/04/2017

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  1. college struggles

    I'm in my second year of college, and i have been back since summer break for around a month now. Yet, I've failed to attend a continuous full week.Last year seemed so much easier. I have a lovely selection of tutors that im comfortable with, their support is so so helpful and my family support is just as brilliant. Why wont this meltdown period go away? I love learning so so much and I want to be in college so badly but it just makes me so anxious and theres something inside of me that makes me want to stay away. I honestly have no idea what it is - i was the same throughout my entire school experience. I want to be there, I love learning, i cant pinpoint the issue, so nobody can fix it to make it better. Has anyone else had this? does anyone know what i can do? Dont tell me to just push through and try to go because i'll 'be fine once i get there'. I already know that, i've tried it, i've heard it, It's not how it works for me. I dont even know what this post is asking of anyone, i'm just so stressed and upset and angry at myself. I have so much potential and i'm being stopped from using any of it because of my stupid anxiety.
  2. Post 16.....

    Hi all, its been a while since I was last here, and thankfully things have been good recently:) DS has settled into his GCSE years far better than expected, he's been in class every day since September and getting good grades, so it's all good atm...... He is now in year 10 (how did that happen?) at a Priory specialist school. he boards Mon-Fri, and is happy there. He even seems to have made a friend! But now it's time (again) to start thiniing about post 16. he is expected to get 7 good GCSE's, and is keen to go on to 6th form to study A levels in Maths and Science. The school have said they will keep him but a) that costs a fortune and I'd rather he was at home and c) they just provide a TA to support him in the local mainstream college. We have a very good mainstream college just round the corner from us, so I'm wondering if he could go there? I have a meeting with their access people on thursday - they have asked me to bring reports etc, but tbh, we don't have anything very up to date. I was thinking of taking the last two annual review reports (last years is not good, this years is) and perhaps the last reports from when he was last in mainstream school (appallingly bad)...... But wanted some advice about what support I can ask for/insist on for post 16. He still has a statement which will be updated to an EHCP next year. He and I think he needs a full time TA/suppport person(s) both in and out of lessons - not for academic issues (although there may be the occasional blip) but for social times, group work and recognising anxiety levels. I think the person(s) will need to meet him long before the college year starts and get to know him as he has some major trust issues, and often responds to rising anxiety with violence:/ Does anyone know if this is likely to be something a mainstream college can provide? The word on the street is they are great at saying they will do loads of access stuff but not so great at providing everything they promise:/ What is the legal standing of the new ECHPs? are they legally enforceable like a statement? Any advice/suggestions gratefully recieved TIA