Headteacher: Andrew Drury
Wanborough Primary School, The Beanlands, Wanborough, Swindon, SN4 0EJ
Tel: 01793 790269 Email:admin@wanboroughprimary.org
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Last updated 20.05.22

The whole school will be focusing on this special week and we'll bring you some of our activities here.

To support the week, Place2Be have produced this short document of Tips For Parents And Carers


Acorn Class we talked about what we are good at.

In Maple Class the children were asked to design a hat that they could wear to motivate them and help them feel positive.

They were also asked to reflect on what makes them amazing by answering the questions on the balloon. We shared our ideas and creations as a class.

Willow Class have looked at growing through our GROW values and thought about how we grow with our learning. They created acrostic poems to show this.

Thinking about how everyone is different and that it is good to reflect on how we learn and grow.

We created support balloons, thinking about the people that help us grow.


Wanborough Mental Health and Wellbeing for Pupils Policy

Wanborough Staff Wellbeing Policy

Mental health and wellbeing: information for parents and carers

Wanborough Primary School 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. Our Mental Health and Wellbeing for Pupils policy sets out how we do this.

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 We may notice that they seem withdrawn or upset at school.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.

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. Please contact your child's teacher or the school SENDCo.

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 School Nurse Service for advice and support on a range of health issues.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

A free NHS service that assesses and treats 0-18-year olds with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.

Kooth

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.

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

Talking Mental Health with Young People at Secondary School

Advice for parents/carers of secondary aged young people

Self-Care – Top Tips for Young Parents and Carers

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

Childline

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

Shout

24/7 text messaging help service for parents

Child in Mind

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

NHS Mental Health Services for Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire

Swindon Borough Council Local Offer for Mental Health

Mental health services for children and young people

The Dock

The Dock is a new and different way for young people to find out about services that are here to help them in Swindon.

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, like friends, family, your GP or a support service. The following organisations can also offer information and advice to help you.

Swindon Borough Council – Mental Health Support Directory

Swindon Community Wellbeing

Swindon community wellbeing campaigning for a healthy community

Swindon Lift Psychology

Talk to trained psychologists about many a variety of issues, ranging from general stress to low self-esteem and anxiety.

Swindon Social prescribing service

Social prescribing, where doctors refer patients to schemes like walking groups or gardening charities that offer support in the community, is nothing new. In Swindon, surgeries are paired with Community Navigators, responsible for pointing patients in the direction of helpful projects.

Swindon Mind : 01793 432031

Samaritans Tel: free confidential listening service 116 123

NHS Choices: moodzone Helps manage stress, anxiety, depression.

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 Swindon

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 Swindon

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