At Whittonstall First School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. Mrs Jacobs Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Lead. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.

 At our school we:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count
  • encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks

We offer different levels of support:

Universal Support – To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing resilience for all.

Additional support – For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.

Targeted support –  For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.

Referrals: Pupils who would benefit from support and intervention will be identified by adults working with that child. A referral form will be completed by class teachers alongside the SENDCO and parents. Support will then be put in place through planned interventions.

As an inclusive school all children will have access to interventions to support their mental and emotional health regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, SEND.

Where can I get further information?

Please speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance as they will be able to discuss any immediate concerns you have.

Visit our SEND page for information Social, Emotional and Mental health Advice.

Healthy Families Northumberland

Healthy Families Northumberland provides 0-19 services for children, young people and families in Northumberland.

This service consists of health visitors and school nurses who can provide support around Emotional Health issues such as anxiety, stress or depression.

Healthy Families Northumberland

Other Useful Websites:

A new mental health website has been created for young people, parents/carers, teachers and other professionals. It is a central point for good quality information on keeping well, self-help and support services. The website covers a range of issues including stress, bullying, self-harm and what to do in a mental health crisis. Please use this service as necessary.

Children and young people with mental health problems are at the heart of the work of YoungMinds. If you click on the logo the link will take you to the parents’ information section of their website.  There is a lot of good information on this website including information on how to get help urgently. Persevere with the website as some information is not immediately evident on the home page. Young Minds provide practical help and expert knowledge to professionals, parents and young people, and this work includes A free Parents’ Helpline – 0808 802 5544, a lifeline to thousands of parents and carers each year.

This links to useful information for parents and carers on how to discuss mental health with their children. Please also see the video links below on mental health.  We always recommend parents and carers watch these first but we feel these ones listed here are suitable for most pupils of primary school age.