Mental Health & Well Being
Brinkworth Earl Danby's Offer
At Brinkworth Earl Danby’s C of E school we take the emotional health and wellbeing of every child seriously. We believe that our school can help pupils build resilience and support them to be mentally healthy. Our Mental Health and Wellbeing policy sets out how we do this – see the link above.
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 We may notice that they seem withdrawn or upset at school.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 and young people
- School – please talk to us about your concerns, so we can work together to help your child feel better.
We offer different levels of support:
Universal Support – To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos, school Christian values 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 separation or bereavement.
Targeted support – For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing activities with our ELSA TA’s or referrals to wider professionals
Lead staff members and who to contact:
Alana Walsh – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Sally Cross – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead & Senior Mental Health Lead
- 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
Websites that offer information and advice:
Mental health helpline for children and young people in Wiltshire – advice, guidance and support for children, young people and carers:-
Anna Freud – advice and guidance for parents and carers to help them support a child or young person experiencing poor mental health or wellbeing:-
Parenting advice from child mental health experts – practical tips to support well being and behaviour:-
NSPCC – advice if you are worried a child may be struggling with their mental health:-
Triple P parenting classes – advice/support on how to help children and young people cope with challenges:-
Save the children – relaxation activities and techniques:-