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Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Southwood Infant School we value positive mental health and wellbeing.  We believe that if children have good mental health they:

  • feel confident and have positive self esteem
  • feel and express a range of emotions
  • are resilient when things are not going so well
  • build and maintain good relationships with others
  • feel engaged with the world around them
  • live and work productively
  • adapt and manage in times of change

Supporting Children in School

At Southwood Infant School we have a kind and caring environment for pupils, and as part of our curriculum we focus on being healthy both in mind and body. 

This year we are in the process of training an appointed mental health lead within our school.  This person, together with the Leadership Team, will be responsible for overseeing the whole-school approach to wellbeing.

They will provide staff, children and parents with the knowledge and confidence to understand and recognise signs of poor mental health in pupils and know where to go with any concerns.

They will oversee the provision the school gives to pupils with mental health difficulties.

They will be proactive in developing links with specialist services, referring pupils if they need to. We are also part of a mental health support team trial, linked to the University of Southampton and we will have access to a mental health support team as part of this approach.

What Additional Support is Available at School?

  • ELSA- Emotional Literacy Support
  • Time to Talk Club

SENCO with non-class based time to support children and families.

Advice for Parents on Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health and Wellbeing

Below is a list of useful websites that may help to support your child’s mental health and wellbeing.

General Mental Wellbeing  

Place 2 be

Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity with over 25 years’ experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools

CAMHS workshops for parents

This website provides workshops at various times throughout the year for parents to help support their child’s wellbeing and mental health

Young Minds

Young Minds Parent Guide

Young Mind’s Parent Helpline: 0808 802 5544

Provides advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem. There is a good section which provides advice for parents experiencing mental health problems and how they can support their children throughout this time

NHS apps library

A variety of apps which can be downloaded onto your phone to support with a variety of wellbeing and mental health needs for children


Although predominantly for children to use, there is some excellent advice for parents about a variety of wellbeing and mental health needs

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

With over 60 years’ experience in mental health care, this website provides information and support for parents who have children experiencing depression, have been affected by a traumatic event and children struggling with separation or divorce

Support for Children Experiencing Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety in children

Information about the signs and symptoms of anxiety in children and how parents can help to support their child if they are experiencing anxiety

Depression in children

Information about the signs and symptoms of depression in children and how parents can help to support their child if they are experiencing symptoms of depression

Support for Families Affected by Cancer or a Life Threatening Condition

Cancer research

Support for children who have a parent diagnosed with cancer


We Hear You (WHY) provides a free professional counselling service for anyone affected by a diagnosis of cancer or another life threatening condition 

Support for Children Affected by Bereavement

Hope again

This is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place for young people to learn from each other about how to cope with grief and feel less alone

Support for Children Affected by Separation and Divorce

Information to support parents and children through separation and divorce

Make it Count: Advice for Parents

This guide is for parents and carers to help children understand, protect and sustain their mental health