Mental Health & Wellbeing

Everyone has ‘’mental health’’ which affects:

  • How we feel about ourselves and the people around us
  • Our ability to make and keep friends and relationships
  • Our ability to learn from others and to develop psychologically and emotionally

Being mentally healthy is also about having the strength to overcome the difficulties and challenges we can all face at times in our lives – to have confidence and self-esteem, to be able to take decisions and to believe in ourselves. It is quite normal to sometimes feel worried, anxious or upset when things do not go as you hope. Most of the time these feelings pass, but sometimes they develop into more serious problems.

  • 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder – that is around three children in every class.
  • Between 1 in every 12 and 1 in 15 children and young people deliberately self-harm.
  • More than half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood. Less than half were treated appropriately at the time.
  • Over 8,000 children under 10 years old suffer from severe depression.
  • 3% or about 290,000 children and young people have anxiety disorder

There are many ways to define wellbeing, and that is a discussion in itself. For this report, we define ‘wellbeing’ as referenced in the widely accepted World Health Organisation definition of mental health:

“Mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

Over the course of their education, children spend over 7,800 hours at school.

With such a huge amount of time spent in the classroom, our school provides an ideal environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing and identifying early behaviour changes and signs of mental distress. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in the classroom can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives.

School Support

  • Mr Lucas - Executive Headteacher / Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Miss De’Ath – Educational Welfare Officer / Designated Safeguarding Officer
  • Ms Crawshaw – SENDCO / Designated Safeguarding Officer

Local Support

If you feel a child or young person within the family is in need of professional support you could contact:

  • Your family GP
  • CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) – 0115 8542299

. Resources to use in the home

Helpful websites and links


This texting service is an easy way for parent and carers of children aged 0 – 19 years to confidentially ask for help about a range of issues, such as:

feeding and nutrition

child development

parenting advice and support

emotional health and wellbeing

behaviour difficulties

family health

You can contact the Healthy Family Team and find out how to access other local services for example, School Health Team, breastfeeding support or health visitor led sessions.

Parents and carers can contact the text messaging service for advice from Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm excluding bank holidays. Messages sent to the dedicated number are delivered to a secure website, and responded to by the Healthy Family Team. Texts are usually replied to within one working day. Automatic replies will be sent to any messages received out of hours explaining where to get help if their question is urgent, and when they can expect a response.

We are pleased to be able to offer Parentline to parents and carers in the County. It will make accessing health services easier and more accessible, increasing our reach to all families, and creating another platform for parents and carers to connect.

Text Parentline on 07520 619919

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