Advice Support and Resources to Support Wellbeing
Local services for children & young people
Please talk to us about your concerns, so that we can work together to help your child feel better. You can speak to Headteacher Mr Gardner, your child’s teacher or teaching assistant or our pastoral practitioner Mrs Gardner.
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.
- The School Nurse
Parents/carers can contact the North Somerset School Nurse Service for advice and support on a range of health issues.
A free NHS service that assesses and treats 0-18-year olds with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.
Children and young people aged 11 and over are also able to access support themselves from B&NES Kooth. This provides links to advice as well as online counselling.
- Off the Record Counselling service for young people.
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:-
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.
Childline 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.
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.
The Wellbeing College
Directory and database of groups, activities and courses in the community that can support. adult wellbeing.
Accessed through G.P or self-referral.
MyScript- Social prescribing service
Available to anyone registered with a GP in B&NES. This service provides support in finding specialist services and community groups to help individuals experiencing mental health and wellbeing issues to take control of their situation.
Samaritans. Tel: free 116 123
NHS Choices: moodzone. Helps manage stress, anxiety, depression. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing
Agencies and services to support parents and carers in vulnerable situations
1 Big Database (BANES) links to a wide range of useful information for families including Ofsted registered childcare, parenting support, groups, clubs and events.
Rainbow Resource (BANES)
Signposts to organisations, services, support, activities and groups for children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs.
Citizens advice North Somerset
Independent charity that provides free, impartial advice and information on a range of issues including housing, employment and debt