Mental Health and Wellbeing
Having a positive attitude to wellbeing and mental health is crucial to being successful and happy. At Great Harwood Primary School we endeavour to support our children, their families and our staff with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
In school we employ a family liaison support and learning mentor, Miss Sarah Poole, who works in school full time. She supports pupils and parents for a variety of reasons. If you feel you'd like to speak to Miss Poole please give school a call and we will arrange this.
Counsellor / Play Therapist
We are also very lucky to employ a counsellor who visits school once a week. She also sees pupils for a variety of reasons. Her time is limited and there can be a waiting list for her support but if your child's teacher feels that your child would benefit from seeing her they will contact you to discuss this.
There are a number of agencies and websites which offer help and advice to people with mental health issues. Some of them are listed below:
Children and Family Wellbeing Service
This a locally run service based across the road from school offering support for families and children up to the age of 19. See the link below for more information:
DFE Mental Health Resources for Children
The DFE have published a comprehensive guide for mental health and wellbeing for children:
There are things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing.
Every Mind Matters can get you started with a free NHS online plan, showing you simple steps to help manage anxiety, sleep better and boost your mood. Create your own Mental Health Action Plan here:
The AFC Crisis Messenger text service is a free, confidential, 24/7 text message support service for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed or is struggling to cope. The service is staffed by trained volunteers who will work with you to take your next steps towards feeling better. They can help with issues such as anxiety, worry, panic attacks, bullying and depression and are here to talk at any time of day or night.
If you need support, you can text AFC to 85258.
There is also a booklet to support pupils who are worried:
There are lots of resources on the CAHMS website to support wellbeing and mental health: