I think my child has mental health issues

If you feel you child is struggling with their mental health, or even if you aren’t sure, then don’t worry – help is at hand. There are various ways to get help and advice.

 

Are you a child or young person in crisis?

You can call Childline for free to speak to someone about what’s happening and how you’re feeling. 0800 11 11

Alternatively, text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
All texts are answered by trained volunteers.
You can also speak to an adult at school! We are here to help you.

Are you an adult in crisis?

Call the Samaritans free helpline. It’s open 24 hours, 365 days of the year. Dial 116123 (yes, 116123!)

If it’s an emergency…

If you are in an emergency and there is risk to life (that can be your own or another persons) call 999.

Are you a parent in crisis regarding your child?

If you don’t feel 999 is appropriate, speak to an adult at school or call the YoungMinds Parent helpline – 0808 802 5544

We are here to help you. Often talking with the class teacher, pastoral team or senior leader is a huge first step. Alongside a cup of tea, we can talk through the concerns and hopefully put something into place at school. Should be feel more support is needed, we’ll talk through possibile options.

Our pastoral team are Mrs Greer, Miss Campbell and Mrs Bennett.

The school’s number is 01256 346 111.

YoungMinds is a great website with lots of information for parents and young people.

CAHMS, which stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, is a great support service for parents. Their website has a lot of advice, and we recommend taking a look for support on particular topics such as self-harming, depression and anxiety.

If you feel you need to make a referral to access CAHMS support, speak to school or with your GP.

Many parents don’t know that your GP can support you or your child. They can also signpost you to agencies who can provide support.