Mental Health and Wellbeing

Chilton Foliat C.E V.A Primary School takes the emotional health and wellbeing of every child seriously.  We believe that the school can help pupils build resilience and support them to be mentally healthy. This can be achieved through mental health lessons and variety of mental health interventions. Such as: ELSA, Nurture Groups, Pastoral Support, and Mental Health First Aiders for Children.

We all have ups and downs in life but in childhood, it can be particularly hard to cope with sad feelings and worries that arise when things are hard or scary. There may be times when your child is unhappy or struggling emotionally.  You may notice that they seem low or worried or that their behaviour changes.   We may notice that they seem withdrawn or upset at school.

If you are worried about your child’s mental health, then you are not alone.  Many parents and carers have similar worries and stresses.  There is good support available from local and national organisations as well as school itself. 

We also have support information for parents and staff as well if they need to reach out to share issues which may also be causing them distress.

The leaflet: Mental health problems in children and young people: guidance for parents and carers provides some useful tips for helping your child plus links to local and national services.

Local services for children and young people

GP – They can check any physical symptoms linked to your child’s health and talk with you about their emotional well-being making a referral to a specialist service if necessary.

School Nurse – can provide advice and support on a range of health issues. Please contact our admin team and we will get in touch with you accordingly.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

A free NHS service that assesses and treats 0-18-year olds with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. Your GP will be able to refer you to this service.


Children and young people aged 11 and over are also able to access support themselves from Kooth. This provides links to advice as well as online counselling. – A service run by Wiltshire in conjunction with Barnardo’s to support children’s mental health – information and tips for children of all ages about feelings and difficult situations

Shout – text 85258

Text messaging service for children needing to talk about issues such as bullying, relationships, anxiety etc.

Understanding anxiety – a guide from the Priory group to explain anxiety to children. – a list of books for children to read with an adult about mental health.

Websites that offer information and advice for families

The following organisations provide reliable information and advice to help parent/carers to support their child when experiencing emotional difficulties:

Helping my child build concentration and resilience

Helping my child with anxiety and worry supporting children and young people with mental health. – Provide information and signposting young people and families to places that can help with coping with negative feelings. – Provides Information about all aspects of child mental health, including a Parent Helpline 0800 802 5544 – a leaflet to support a conversation about mental health with children and young adults.—mental-health-support-from-2023/

Self-Care – Top Tips for Young Parents and Carers

Advice for taking care of your own and your child’s wellbeing.

Minded for Families

Free learning resource about mental health for parents and carers

Happy Maps

Information about health topics including mental health, organised under different age groups i.e., under 5’s primary age, secondary age, young adults.

Charlie Waller Trust

Leaflets on a range of topics to support your family’s mental health.

Cafcass and link to co-parenting hub

5 steps to mental wellbeing

Mind – Mental Health charity which can provide support and resources to for mental health. – information to support children who are self-harming.

Keeping children and young people safe online

Snapchat and social media letter to parents

Social media advice for parents and guardians

Gingerbread  Gingerbread and One Parent Families have now merged to provide better support and a bigger voice to 1.8 million lone parents and their children throughout England and Wales.

NHS 111   National Health Service advice and guidance on health matters

Princess Royal Trust for Carers   Here to improve carers’ lives by fighting for equality and recognition for carers.

Relate UK’s largest provider of relationship counselling.

Samaritans    Offers confidential, non-judgmental support to individuals a directory of resources that can be used by families to support mental health. or 0808 2000 247Domestic abuse services


Acas  Information on stress, and employer and employee rights, in the workplace

Alcoholics Anonymous  Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other to recover from alcoholism.

Carers UK The voice of carers

CBI Guidance to businesses on managing stress at work.

Department of Health Information on dealing with stress and mental health problems, including the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Dignity at Work Partnership   Information and guidance on bullying in the workplace

The Equality and Human Rights Commission The commission is working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.

HSE Information on stress management standards

Local Government Employers  Guidance for all councils on stress prevention and management

Mindful Employer  Information and guidance on managing stress and mental health in the workplace.

Teacher Support Network

Work Life Balance Centre Exists to help people restore control over their workload and working lives we enable them to cut down overworking and so make new decisions about how they spend their time.

World Health Organisation Publication on work Organisation and stress

General – a directory of services in your local area provided to develop resilience for young people and advice to support mental health.

Mental wellbeing audio guides – from NHS Every Mind Matters

A free app for sleep, anxiety, and stress – from Insight timer






Chilton Foliat CE VA Primary School

Chilton Foliat CE VA Primary School