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Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health


Welcome to the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health area of our website! I am very pleased to have prepared the following information and links for you, so that we can give mental and emotional wellbeing the focus it deserves and needs.
Naomi Gould – Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Lead




The following information has been taken from an NHS Digital Publication dated 22 November 2018. This survey series provides England’s best source of data on trends in child mental health. Although these statistics can be upsetting and alarming to read, they highlight just how important it is that we support all our children with their mental health and emotional wellbeing:


The latest survey (2017) was funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, commissioned by NHS Digital, and carried out by the National Centre for Social Research, the Office for National Statistics and YouthInMind.

  • The 2017 survey for the first time provides findings on the prevalence of mental disorders in 2 to
    4-year olds.
  • <One in eight (12.8%) 5 to 19-year olds had at least one mental disorder when assessed in 2017.
  • Specific mental disorders were grouped into four broad categories: emotional, behavioural, hyperactivity and other less common disorders. Emotional disorders were the most prevalent type of disorder experienced by 5 to 19-year olds in 2017 (8.1%).
  • Emotional disorders have become more common in 5 to 15-year olds – going from 4.3% in 1999 and 3.9% in 2004 to 5.8% in 2017.
  • In 2017, suicide was the most common cause of death for both boys (16.2% of all deaths) and girls (13.3%) aged between 5 and 19 (iv).


Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Aims


At Barley Barkway First Schools Federation, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all our stakeholders; our pupils, parents and carers, staff and governors.

At our school we know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.

Good Mental Health is fundamental to be able to thrive in life. If we are not embedding Mental Health teaching and learning and resources and support within our school then we risk failing the next generation right at the start of their lives.

We want our children to be literate and numerate with a wide knowledge and skills base. Alongside this, we want our children to develop their emotional intelligence. We take a holistic approach to each child in our care and we want to help them in every area of their development.



At school we:

  • Provide learning opportunities for children through regular teaching of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) to develop their social skills, understanding what is and what is not appropriate within relationships and how to improve relationships. 
  • Develop children’s sense of self, boost their self-esteem and feelings of worth and importance within the school community and beyond into the wider world.
  • Help children to develop emotional resilience and manage setbacks.
  • Instil in our children the importance of helping others and to gain empathy for anyone in need.
  • Teach our children practical ways they can improve their wellbeing on a daily basis such as getting enough sleep and mindfulness techniques as simple as taking some time to notice the natural world around them.
  • Understand the link between physical exercise and good mental health. Our children have a very active school life including PE, weekly dance sessions, active playtimes and lots of extra-curricular sporting opportunities. 
  • We aim to equip our children with tools of self-awareness so that they can reflect on their own state of Mental Health and know what the possible next steps are if they want to improve it; instilling the idea that talking about our Mental Health shows strength and not weakness.
  • Encourage our children to be kind to each other and gain empathy for those who are facing Mental Health challenges. We want our children to understand that their actions can impact other’s mental health.
  • Working with our local and wider communities to make a positive contribution to charities and individuals. Projects include: the children working with residents at Margaret House Care home to enrich the lives of the older community and the young and Carol Singing outside Tesco, Royston. 


We promote a mentally healthy environment through:

Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging for all stakeholders.

  • Celebrating Mental Health and Wellbeing events such as World Mental Health Day #helloyellow, Just Talk week and Feeling Good week.
  • Establishing opportunities for pupils to voice their own preferences and ideas regarding Mental Health and Wellbeing events and enrichment within our school.
  • Celebrating all achievements, academic and non-academic
  • Providing opportunities to reflect

For more details on how we are embedding positive Emotional Wellbeing and good Mental Health into our school see the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health policy.



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Useful Links


The following links may be useful for you if you are looking for information or support regarding your own or young peoples’ mental health and emotional wellbeing. Please also see my Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Tips.

Support for Children’s Mental Health

NHS: CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health services):

Just Talk website (click on Young people and parents)

Young Minds website    Young Minds Parent Helpline telephone no: 0808-802-5544

NSPCC Support for Parents

NSPCC Pants: The Underwear Rule – an animated video and rules that provide you with a simple way to talk to your children about staying safe from sexual abuse

Action for Children


Support for Adults and Families


Home Start

NHS: How to access Mental Health Support:

NHS: Every Mind Matters Support for Parents

Discrimination at Work against poor Mental Health:


Urgent Support


Samaritans are there to listen at any time of the day or night. You can talk to them about anything that's troubling you, no matter how difficult. Call free on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website

Shout offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need immediate assistance.
Text "SHOUT" to 85258 or visit Shout Crisis Text Line

NHS: Dealing with a Mental Health crisis or emergency: