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Mental Health

Mrs Julia Morris

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Lead

Mental Health and Wellbeing


At Ellington Primary School the mental health and wellbeing of children, staff, families and the wider community is very important to us. We work closely with a variety of professionals who can provide guidance and support for mental health and well-being.  We also have fantastic resources available to us through the 'Be You' programme. If you have any mental health and wellbeing concerns we are always available to support you. 


As well as having a fully trained Senior Mental Health Lead in school, we also have a school Nurse, Ciara Drape, who attends every Ellington every other week. She supports a range of children and families, if you require her support, please just speak to your child's class teacher or contact the school directly. 



This month's 'Be You' newsletter is all about supporting your child during exam season. See the 'Be Ready' link below.


Support for children:

Alongside the explicit teaching of mental health and wellbeing skills in school, there are a number of early interventions available to support the wellbeing of the children. These include staff trained in Early Years THRIVE and interventions such as 'Friend's Resilience', 'Lego Therapy' and 'Talking and Drawing'.


Our fully trained team of  Peer Mentor's are available every Monday and Wednesday for drop in sessions in the school library. Peer mentors can also support pupils on an individual basis. 


Activity to practice self-care:

The Anna Freud Centre have produced some self-care plans for Primary aged children. If you would like to complete one at home with your child, there is a link at the bottom of this page.


 Useful websites/resources:

Support for parents/carers:
On the 6th of March, we hosted a very successful 'Be You' parent/carer workshop where parents and carers learnt techniques to support their child's emotional wellbeing.
Useful websites/resources:
  • Action for Children: Parent Talk. Action for children have produced a range of articles and advice for parents covering a range of topics such as mental health and wellbeing, sleep, relationships and behaviour. They also have a 1:1 chat function where parents can ask questions to a parenting coach.
  • Barnardo's-Barnardo's website has a range of articles aimed at parents and carers around supporting young people's mental health. There is also a link that parents can use to find support in their area.
  • BBC: Parent's Toolkit: Wellbeing tips and advice. The BBC have made a well being toolkit for parents. There are articles aimed at parents of children and teenagers as well as some tips for how parents may support their own wellbeing. 
  • Be You - Offer support in managing your own or your child's mental health and emotional wellbeing. Please see the flyer below for contact details or talk to us in school to access this service.  
  • Qwell- Free, safe and anonymous mental wellbeing support for adults across the UK.
  • Talking Matters Northumberland Talking Matters Northumberland offers free psychological treatment for people aged 16 and over who have a GP in Northumberland. They can offer one-to-one talking therapy for depression, anxiety, stress, and other mental health related problems.
  • Young Minds- Young minds have a parents helpline and webchat service to offer support to parents who have concerns about their child's mental health.