Mental Health

Mental health and wellbeing: information for parents and carers

Ashton Keynes CE Primary School take the emotional health and wellbeing of every child seriously.  We believe that the school can help pupils build resilience and support them to be mentally healthy.  Our mental health and wellbeing policy sets out how we do this. You can find it on this page of our website Wellbeing Team (

We all have ups and downs in life but in childhood it can be particularly hard to cope with sad feelings and worries that arise when things are hard or scary.  There may be times when your child is unhappy or struggling emotionally.  You may notice that they seem low or worried or that their behaviour changes.  We may notice that they seem withdrawn or upset at school.

If you are worried about your child’s mental health then you are not alone.  Many parents and carers have similar worries and stresses.  There is good support available from local and national organisations.  The sooner you seek help the better for your child and you.   

Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead Samantha Saville Head teacher

Qualified Designated Senior Mental Health Lead 

Local services for children & young people

  • The School

Please talk to us about your concerns, so that we can work together to help your child feel better.  You can make an appointment via the school office in person, 01285 861436 or

  • Your GP

A GP can check any physical symptoms linked to your child’s health and talk with you about their emotional well-being making a referral to a specialist service if necessary.

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Wiltshire CAMHS | Oxford Health CAMHSOxford Health CAMHS

A free NHS service that assesses and treats 0-18-year olds with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.  

Children and young people living in Gloucestershire can access via their parents from Teens in Crisis plus charity. This website provides links to advice as well as online counselling for pupils and support for parents and carers. There is an anonymous chat function for young people aged 9 to 25. 

  • Free text message service for people living in Wiltshire who need someone to talk to about their mental health or are struggling to cope for free and confidential text message support that won’t appear on your bill  text: WILTS to 85258

Websites that offer information and advice

The following organisations provide reliable information and advice to help parent/carers to support their child when experiencing emotional difficulties :-

This contains links to lots of support and advice for people living in Wiltshire

Young Minds: – Help for Parents

Information about all aspects of child mental health, including a Parent Helpline 0800 802 5544

 You’re Never too Young to Talk Mental Health

Leaflet for parent/carers of primary aged children 

Taking Mental Health with Young People at Secondary School

Advice for parents and carers of primary aged young people

Self-Care – Top Tips for Young Parents and Carers

Advice for taking care of your own and child’s wellbeing 

Child Mental Health & Wellbeing – 10 Top Tips for Parents


Lots of information and tips for children of all ages about feelings and difficult situations

Minded for Families  

Free learning resource about mental health for parents and carers

Happy Maps  

Lots of information about health topics including mental health, organised under different age groups i.e under 5’s primary age, secondary age, young adults

Charlie Waller Trust 

Leaflets on a range of topics to support your family’s mental health


24/7 text messaging help service for parents

Child in Mind

Expert led podcasts to help you understand and support mental health issues

Anna Freud Centre – a leaflet about mental health for parents of young children:

Looking after your own mental health 

In order to support your child, you need to stay strong and well yourself. It isn’t easy being a parent or carer especially when you are experiencing problems of your own such as relationship difficulties, money worries, problems with work. Often it helps to talk to someone, so don’t be scared about doing this, with friends, family, your GP or a support service.  The following organisations can also offer information and advice to help you. 

Samaritans. Tel:  free confidential listening service 116 123 

NHS Choices: moodzone.  Helps manage stress, anxiety, depression.  

CALM Campaign against living miserably

Parents’ Mental Health & Wellbeing – 10 Top Tips for Parents

Information and help around mental health particularly focussing on men

Mental Health Crisis support

If you or someone you know aged 11 up needs help in mental health crisis. 

Living in Gloucestershire:

Help in Crisis

Living in Wiltshire:

AWP www.awp.nhs/contact-us/help-emergency 24/7 Mental Health support for adults in Wiltshire 

If in immediate danger risk call the police on 999. 

Agencies and services to support parents and carers in vulnerable situations

Citizens Advice

Independent charity that provides free, impartial advice and information on a range of issues including housing, employment and debt.


Supports adults and teens 13 plus and their families who live in Gloucestershire with domestic abuse/ harmful relationships.