Mental Health and Well-Being
As a school we take mental health and well-being very seriously and we recognise how vital it is to highlight this area and support children and families in any way we can. On this page you will find a variety of services that offer support locally, nationally and online.
This leaflet offers tips and advice to you as parents and carers when talking to your child about mental health.
Helplines and Websites
The following are national helplines and websites offering support and advice on mental health for children and young people:
- Child-line: Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call them on 0800 1111, talk to a counsellor online, send Child-line an email or post on the message boards.
- Young Minds: The Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to anyone worried about a child or young person under 25. You may have questions about a child’s behaviour, emotional well-being, or mental health condition. You may have a child who’s already been admitted to CAMHS and have questions about their treatment or want to know what to say to your GP when you visit them. Call 0808 802 5544 or visit the website through the link above.
- NSPCC: If you are worried about a child you can contact their trained helpline counsellors for 24/7 help, advice and support 0808 0800 5000 or visit their website through the link above.
- Relate -Providers of counselling services to Children from age 5 and their families 01274 726096 .
- Kooth – An online mental wellbeing community (recommended for children aged 11 and over).
- https://www.sthelensgateway.info/organisations/camhs/ Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (or CAMHS) is a service that works with children and young people (and their families) up to the age of 16 when they have problems which have a serious effect on their daily life – this can include things like anxiety, depression, eating difficulties and coping with traumatic experiences.
- https://www.sthelenswellbeing.org.uk/ providing you with free mental health and wellbeing advice.
What to do in an emergency: If you feel that you, or someone you know, needs urgent help and may be at risk of harming themselves or others, it is important that contact your GP, your local NHS walk-in-centre (England only) or closest A&E department straight away.