Everyone has a right to feel safe all the time. Sadly we understand that this is not always the case. There may be times when you need someone to help you understand and make sense of your thoughts and feelings.
We can talk with someone about anything, even if it feels awful or small. So try to identify 5 responsible adults who you trust and feel comfortable talking to. These could include your tutor, learning manager, subject teacher, member of the wellbeing team, parent, carer, or other family member. It is helpful to include a mixture of people both inside and outside of school.
Friends are important but do not usually have the same authority and life skills to support you as an adult will have.
Remember you have a right to feel safe and the responsibility to respect everyone else has the right to feel safe with you too. So we should be looking out for each other. You can keep yourself and others safe by making sure you do not engage or take part in any risky activities or behaviours. If you find yourself in a situation which makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, ask yourself, do I have a choice and am I in control? If the answer is no, then you need to take action and remove yourself from the situation.
Recognising what is going on in our bodies, early warning signs, will help you to keep yourself safe. Early warning signs are our internal measurement of risk or safety and it is helpful to trust these feelings and encourage others to do the same. Try to identify your own personal early warning signs. They could include:-
- heart beating faster
- sweaty palms
- stomach churning
- wobbly knees
- feeling cold, goose bumps