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Wellbeing at Withington

Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources 

Each year in the UK, 1 in 5 children and young people suffer from mental health issues and research consistently shows that this level is on the increase. At Withington Primary, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our students and staff, and believe in a whole school approach to achieve this. 

Our ethos is based on providing a calm, caring environment where positive mental health is promoted across a broad range of school initiatives to help pupils become more resilient, happy and successful. However, we know that, at some point, everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and we understand that additional emotional support may be required. 

Taking proactive steps to avoid more serious problems from arising is essential and we aim to ensure that pupils are able to access help whenever they need it.  We are working with the WEST team to support pupils and families at Withington Primary and to help signpost further support for these families. 

In this section on our website, we hope to support and signpost families and encourage them to speak openly about well-being and mental health.  Mrs Houchen is our Mental Health lead in school and Shannon Eyre is our WEST Education Mental Health Practitioner. 

Online Resources 

The following websites have been vetted and approved by the NHS.  We recommend that parents always look at and test out apps and games for themselves before introducing their children to them: 

  • Young Minds a website for children and young people. There are different sections offering information and advice on signs and symptoms, seeking help and looking after yourself. Some handy advice for parents too. 
  • Positive Penguins is aimed at 8 - 12 year olds. This app helps children to understand their feelings and challenge negative thinking. Four positive penguins take children on a journey to help them better understand the relationship between what they think and what they feel. 
  • NSPCC  has a brand-new dedicated helpline for children and young people who have experienced current or non-recent sexual harassment or abuse at school, and for concerned adults and professionals that need support and guidance. To report abuse in education, you can either call 0800 136 663 or email
  • Herefordshire Mind is a local charity, if you find yourself in crisis or need urgent support with your mental health, the Safe Haven is a safe and friendly place that you can come and access mental health support and advice,  01432 271643
  • Hereford and Worcester healthy minds, offer a range of services from online to face to face group work, 01905 760000 

Further resources 

Download our information sheet for more resources.