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Pupil Mental Health & Wellbeing


Mental health and wellbeing: information for parents and carers

At St John’s Catholic Primary School we take 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. 

Pupil wellbeing is supported through our Gospel values and ethos as well as through the curriculum provided to all children.

  • In PSHE lessons children learn ways in which they can own and improve their own physical and mental health and strategies to manage their own wellbeing.
  • PE lessons provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. 
  • During collective worship children explore their faith and spend time in community and reflection together.

 In addtion to the curriculum delivered to all children, some children may also receive support through:

  • 1:1 or small group Thrive sessions. Click here for more information about Thrive.
  • Emotional Literacy Support, with our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (Click here for more about ELSA)
  • We also have support available for children and families through the Mentally Healthy Schools project. BANES Mental Health Support Team.  They are able to offer series of group, 1:1 or parent and child sessions based around anxiety, promoting positive wellbeing and understanding and managing behaviour.   For more details on this, please view the information leaflet, and get in touch with Mrs Geeson to discuss a referral into this service. 

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   We may notice that they seem withdrawn or upset at school.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.  The sooner you seek help the better for your child and you.   

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 & young people

The School

Please talk to us about your concerns, so that we can work together to help your child feel better.  If you are concerned about your child's mental health and would like to discuss your cocerns and/or the support availble you can speak to: your class teacher; Mrs Geeson (inclusion lead) or Mrs Young (Senior Mental Health Lead & Deputy Head).  

Your GP

A GP 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.

The School Nurse

Parents/carers can contact the Bath and North East Somerset School Nurse Service for advice and support on a range of health issues.  

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. 


Children and young people aged 11 and over are also able to access support themselves from B&NES Kooth.  This provides links to advice as well as online counselling.

 Off the Record Counselling service for young people aged 11 and over.

Websites that offer information and advice

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

Young Minds: - Help for Parents

Information about all aspects of child mental health, including a Parent Helpline 0800 802 5544

You’re Never too Young to Talk Mental Health

Leaflet for parent/carers of primary aged children

Taking Mental Health with Young People at Secondary School:

Advice for parents and carers of primary aged young people

Self-Care – Top Tips for Young Parents and Carers

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


Lots of information and tips for children of all ages about feelings and difficult situations

Minded for Families  

Free learning resource about mental health for parents and carers

Happy Maps  

Lots of 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


24/7 text messaging help service for parents

Child in Mind

Expert led podcasts to help you understand and support mental health issues

Looking after your own mental health

In order to support your child, you need to stay strong and well yourself. It isn’t easy being a parent or carer especially when you are experiencing problems of your own such as relationship difficulties, money worries, problems with work.  Often it helps to talk to someone, so don’t be scared about doing this, with friends, family, your GP or a support service.  The following organisations can also offer information and advice to help you.

The Wellbeing College

Directory and database of groups, activities and courses in the B&NES community that can support. adult wellbeing.

Talking Therapies

Accessed through G.P or self-referral for those aged 16 and above living in B&NES

MyScript- Social prescribing service

Available to anyone registered with a GP in B&NES.  This service provides support in finding specialist services and community groups to help individuals experiencing mental health and wellbeing issues to take control of their situation.

B&NES Community Wellbeing Hub Local information on a wide range of issues including physical health, wellbeing, housing and employment advice.

Bath Mind

Tel: 01225 316199

Samaritans. Tel:  free confidential listening service 116 123

NHS Choices: moodzone.  Helps manage stress, anxiety, depression. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing  

CALM Campaign against living miserably

Information and help around mental health particularly focussing on men

 Agencies and services to support parents and carers in vulnerable situations

 LiveWell in B&NES. Links to a range of services supporting physical, social and emotional needs. Includes Ofsted registered childcare, parenting support, groups, clubs and events. Signposts to organisations, services, support, activities and groups for children and young people aged 0-25 with SEND additional needs

Citizens Advice B&NES

Independent charity that provides free, impartial advice and information on a range of issues including housing, employment and debt.


The information about accesse to services on this page has been provided by B&NES Council Public Health & Protection Team