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Mental health and wellbeing: information for parents and carers

At Bellefield Primary and Nursery 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.  

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   We may notice that they seem withdrawn or upset at school.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.  Please talk to your child’s class teacher in the first instance or you can contact our Pastoral Manager, Mrs Carrie Ward or our Senior Mental Health Lead, Mrs Lexy Harris via the school office.    

  • 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 Wiltshire school nursing service for advice and support on a range of health issues.  You can make parent referrals directly by calling the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 247 0900 or emailing vcl.wiltshirespa@nhs.net

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

 

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

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

On your Mind

A useful website for supporting young people with 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 Wiltshire

Wiltshire 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

Citizens Advice Wiltshire

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

Wiltshire Local Offer

Information for parents and carers about services for children in Wiltshire, including for children and young people with SEND.