Mental Health and Wellbeing
Mental health and wellbeing plays a vital role in education and impact on our students’ learning. Here at Four Elms Primary School we are committed to advancing and safeguarding students’ emotional wellbeing and good health.
Signs of Mental Health issues
It can be difficult to know if a child is suffering as they often keep it to themselves.
All children are different but some of the common signs of mental health problems in children include:
- becoming withdrawn from friends and family
- persistent low mood and unhappiness
- tearfulness and irritability
- worries that stop them from carrying out day to day tasks
- sudden outbursts of anger directed at themselves or others
- loss of interest in activities that they used to enjoy
- problems eating or sleeping
It’s important a child or young person gets the right help for mental health problems.
If you are concerned about your child please let us know at school so that we can help and you can also find lots of useful information and sources of help below
Your GP They will be able to provide help and advice. Your GP can also provide access to appropriate specialist services and local organisations.
Call 111 You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
NHS mental health services Find local mental health services on the NHS website. http://www.nhs.uk
Useful phone numbers
The Samaritans provide a confidential service for people in despair and who feel suicidal. They can be contacted on 116 123.
Confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue. They can be contacted on 01708 765200.
Free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday. They can be contacted on 0800 1111.
Provides helplines and information on child abuse, child protection and safeguarding children. They can be contacted on 0808 800 5000.
Young Minds has a Parent Helpline that offers free confidential telephone and email support to any adult worried about the wellbeing of a child or young person. They can be contacted on 0808 802 5544.
Offers advice and support to service users; has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help. They can be contacted on 0300 123 3393, text number: 86463.