Mental Health And Wellbeing
At Ashland’s Church of England Primary School, we are fully committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all our children, staff and families to enable all in our school family to flourish. Our vision is, ‘Love of Learning, Love of Life, Love of One Another’ and we hope that the information provided below will provide our families with the support and tools to manage their own and their children’s mental health and wellbeing.
Our Head teacher, Miss Nicola Ball, is our Designated Safeguarding Lead. If you or your child need any further help or support, please do contact us via the School office.
Educational Psychology Service (EPS)
If you are a parent or carer of a child in Somerset and would like to speak to a Psychologist with any concerns arising for you, or your family during this time, then The Educational Psychology Service is here for you. We are able to offer an initial 30-minute telephone consultation (discussion) and a potential follow up call, of another 30 minutes if appropriate. Calls will be offered Monday-Friday, during usual working hours.
If you would like to access this service, then please email EPSHelpline@somersetgov.uk with the following information:
- Your name
- The name of your child’s school (or ‘EHE’ if Electively Home Educated)
- Times and dates that you are not available for consultation
If email is not possible, then call 01823 357000. Please understand that we are likely to be slower to respond to phone calls. Our aim is to offer a consultation within 5 working days of receipt of email.
Are you a parent or carer who is concerned about the mental health of your child or teenager? Do you just want some hints and tips on parenting? MindEd for Families has advice and information from trusted experts and will help you to understand what problems occur, what you can do to best support your family, and how to take care of yourself. MindEd for families is written by a team of specialists and parents, working together. www.minded.org.uk a DfE and DoH funded organisation providing support and guidance providing and guidance for parents and carers.
Somerset Big Tent
Somerset Big Tent is a partnership of Charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisation’s and Community Interest Companies, these are VCSE* organisations that provide a range of services including positive activities, therapeutic services and specialist support to increase positive wellbeing and improve mental health within children and young people aged 5-25 in Somerset.
All services on the Somerset Big Tent website have gone through a quality and safety assurance process*, this means that Somerset Big Tent has met with each organisation and are satisfied with the key documents and information that they have provided us with.
Future Learn partners with top international universities and specialist organisations offer free online courses including courses for parents on wellbeing and mental health.
Phsycological First Aid (PFA) to support Children & Young People
Get Psychological First Aid training to support children and young people’s mental health during emergencies and crisis situations. The course is available for all frontline workers such as teachers, health and social care workers, charity and community volunteers and anyone who cares for or is regularly in contact with children and young people aged up to 25, including parents and caregivers. It is free, takes about three hours to complete (split into three sessions that the learner can complete at their own pace) and no previous qualifications are required.
Young People and Their Mental Health has been created for young people aged over 14 wanting to know more about mental health. This course may also be of interest to parents, caregivers, teachers and medical professionals.
Top Tips for Sleep
The NHS provide some great resources to support good sleep hygiene for children including how many hours sleep children need at different ages.
This is a FREE APP to support with and wellbeing:
How to sleep better for children
- Set up a bedtime routine.
- Relax before bedtime.
- Keep regular sleep and wake up times.
- Keep older children’s naps early and short.
- Make sure your child feels safe at night.
- Check noise and light in your child’s bedroom.
- Avoid the clock.
- Eat the right amount at the right time.
Healthy Eating Support
Eating a healthy balanced diet is an important part of keeping good health both physically and mentally.
Here are some useful links providing further support and information:
South Somerset School Nursing Team
The school nurse team is made up of Specialist Community Public Health Nurses,
Community Staff Nurses and Assistant Practitioners. They specialise in promoting the health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 5-19 years.
Parents and carers can contact the School Nursing team on their Chat Health number – 07480 635515 or email@example.com
They also have a dedicated Facebook page.
South Somerset School Nurses use their page to share useful health related information and to post updates about local groups, events and clinics.
If you wish to contact a School Nurse please use the tea’s contact details.
If you are worried your child is ill you will need to contact your GP, call NHS 111 or 999