At. St. Philip’s Catholic Primary, we believe in providing the best care for our children, whether this be within the classroom or outside. By working with our families, we want to not only ensure the physical health of our children is cared for, but also the mental health. This means offering support to those children affected by Mental Health issues.
Given the current global climate, Mental Health discussions are now in focus more than ever and it can be a very worrying time for all families. To help with this, we have gathered together some resources that we hope will help.
Below you will find useful links that will help with any concerns around your child’s wellbeing.
NSPCC - The NSPCC can offer advice on how best to support your child as it can often be difficult to know if a child is suffering.
CAMHS - The NHS's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is the service whereby the NHS assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.
Young Minds - YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity fighting for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.
Childline - Childline is a service focused on giving young people a voice when noone else is listening. They offer support through a variety of mediums 24/7.
Kooth - Kooth is a an online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people.
Mindmate - Mindmate is a Leeds based service designed to help young people with their mental health and wellbeing.
Mindwell - Mindwell is another Leeds based service available for young people to look for help with their wellbeing.
Usborne books also provide a range of books for young people of all ages to help start conversation about mental health.
With the world becoming ever more digital, it is now more important than ever that we all understand the risks and dangers of entering the online world. It is not just children that are at risk online, but adults can also fall foul to the risks of using the internet.
Over the past few years we have also seen an decrease in children's mental wellbeing relating to social media. We understand that the internet and social media is a huge part of all our lives now and can be very helpful, but we should also be aware of the dangers and how to keep ourselves and our children safe whilst accessing these. Below are some useful links that we hope can help with this.
Thinkuknow - Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
Childnet - Get SMART offer easy to digest rules and tips for online use. There is also a useful section dedicated to parents and carers.
NSPCC - A page targeted towards parents and carers and how to talk to your child about online safety.
Safer Internet - Safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.
Internet Matters - Information on setting up parental controls on your devices.
Health for Kids
Health for Kids is a fantastic resource for health-related subjects for children aged 4-11 years. It includes exciting activities, games and advice on everything from staying healthy to managing feelings.
St. Philip's can also provide emotional support sessions with our learning mentor, Mrs Michelle Fox, or Mrs Denise Shoan, who works with us through our partnership with Catholic Care. These sessions aim to provide a secure, safe environment where children can express their concerns or worries. If you think your child would benefit from one of these sessions please get in touch with your child/children's teacher who can arrange contact.
If you would like any further information regarding mental health please get in touch with your child's class teacher.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Peter McQuillen Strong and Mrs Michelle Fox
Designated Safeguarding Officers: Mrs Kelly Williams, Miss Joanne Nicholson and Miss Siobhan James
Learning Mentor: Mrs Michelle Fox