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Wellbeing, Mental Health and Support information for young people and families

The emotional health and wellbeing of the Sutton VA Primary School community, including staff, parents and pupils, is fundamental to our ethos and values. We have embedded wellbeing into every aspect of our school and we will continue to do so, involving everyone.  Our vision for mental health and wellbeing ties into our religious vision and our school Values.

Our mental health provision is included:

  • In our school Vision and Values
  • Through our learning environments
  • Through our relationships and activities with the community
  • Within our Curriculum – Personal, Social, Health and Relationships Education, RE, PE, Science
  • Within our Emotional Literacy Programme, Making Me
  • Within our Collective Worship Programme
  • Within our classes – Talk Time, Feelings Flowers and Worry Boxes
  • Through School Parliament, whole school surveys and questionnaires
  • Through our policies and procedures eg Behaviour, Anti-Bullying, Safeguarding, Equality Information, SEND
  • Through intervention and support from external services where required
  • Through clubs - Early Morning, Football, Hymn Club and Wildlife Club
  • Through Music – 1:1 and whole class instrument lessons
  • Through our celebrations and awards

Please find below information to guide and support you:



Please see below information from the School Nurse team with a list of services available to families: 

  • Chathealth – School Nurse text support service for 11-19 year olds -
    Beds - Text 07507 331450 to speak with a school nurse for any emotional support or health advice (Monday – Friday 9am – 4.30pm, except bank holidays).
    Luton - Text 07520 616070
     to speak with a school nurse for any emotional support or health advice (Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm, except bank holidays).
  • Parentline – a secure and confidential text service for parents and carers of those aged 0-19. It offers advice and support on a range of issues such as weaning, sleep and emotional health or how to make an appointment with our team. 
    Beds - Text 07507 331456 with your question to start the conversation (Monday – Friday 9am – 4.30pm, except bank holidays).
    Luton - Text 07507 331886
     with your question to start the conversation (Monday – Friday 9am – 4.30pm, except bank holidays).
  • Bedford Open Door : 01234 360 388
  • Childline (children’s telephone counselling or online) – Ring 0800 1111 or visit their website
  • Young Minds - If you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis, you can text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger for free, 24/7 support. Text YM to 85258.
  • Kooth  Online free counselling service for children and young people
  • Sorted : 01582 891 435
  • Samaritans - 24 hour confidential listening and support for anyone who needs it. (Parents/carers included.) Email - Phone 116 123 (24 hours)
  • Relate : 01234 356 350

If you are concerned about the immediate health or safety of a child you can contact



Mind BLMK Young Person's Sanctuary Scheme flyer

Mind BLMK have set up Young Person's Sanctuaries across Bedfordshire where Young people can drop in to a safe and relaxed space. You will find them in Leighton Buzzard, Houghton Regis, Sandy, Luton and Bedford. There is no need  to book an appointment, just drop in for a chat or just some space. Please follow the link to find out more: 

Young Person’s Sanctuary Sandy - Mind BLMK (

 A new TEXT Service is available to have a free, confidential conversation with a trained volunteer who can help with a wide range of concerns including suicidal thoughts, self-harm and panic attacks. Please TEXT 85258

BLMK-print-flyer.pdf (

There are some fantastic resources within the Padlet links below for Parent and Carers, Children and Young people and Support for Schools;

Parent / Carer Resources (

Children and Young People Resources (

School Resources (

 BLMK Reflect flyer

Central Bedfordshire provides a number of links to a professional and specialist support

Resources for professionals | Central Bedfordshire Council



YOUNGMINDS Crisis Messenger



Call 111 Option 2 - 24/7 ALL AGES

Young people can talk to a CAMHS professional

directly who can arrange additional support.



A CAMHS clinician will respond and they can also provide self- help resources and

psychoeducation. For enquiries, please call 01234 893362


More-Life - Weight management programme for children and families, information and self-referral form available via


  •  NHS Childhood winter illnesses: Knowing what to do leaflet click here


  • Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating         to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

       Phone: 0800 046 8687
       Opening hours:
       8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
       10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday



  • NHS Diagnosis Support Pack - Autism/ADHD 

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability - Local Offer

The Local Offer helps you find information about local services, support and events for children and young people aged 0 to 25 years who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).  

The aim of the local offer is to provide clear, comprehensive, and accessible information about support and opportunities available for children and young people with special educational needs in your area.

To ensure that the provision of services in education, health and social care are more responsive to local needs and aspirations of children and young people by directly involving them, their parents/ carers and service providers in its development and review.

Find out more about the Local Offer, run by the councils,  in your area by clicking on the link below:

  • Kooth
    Young people aged 11-19 can access support for their mental health and wellbeing from Kooth.
    Kooth is free, safe and anonymous and is here to help and support young people with their mental health and is available 365 days a year.  Kooth offers more than just counselling, including Kooth magazine, forums, live discussion boards, journal, goals, and a mini activity hub.
    How to sign up to Kooth! - Guide for signing up to Kooth

  •  The Paediatric Occupational Therapy team of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust has launched a new online video presentation to help parents and professionals of children with a sensory challenge.

    The presentation enables parents and professionals to learn about sensory preferences, help with developing resilience using sensory smart strategies and how to adapt tasks to increase participation.

    The video and accompanying material can be found here.


  • Free school meals (FSM) information from Central Bedfordshire Council
This link can be used for applying for FSM during the COVID-19 emergency.  A child in reception, year 1 or year 2 and not attending school, may be eligible for free school meals until schools return to normal opening.

  •  'Parenting Insight Poster' from Central Bedfordshire Council which may be of interest. It has information about online sessions that they are providing.


  •  Dealing with Anger

8 Ways a child's anxiety shows up as something else

Feelings thermometer

Grounding pictures

Take five breathing

Tense and release


Below are flyers for the next sessions of the parenting programmes from Central Bedfordshire.


  • Please find below details of website providing guidance on a number of online platforms that your child may be using or have access to explaining each online platform, in terms of what it is, how it works and what can be expected from them. 


    https://nationalonlinesafety. com/guides 


    Parents can also type in Wake Up Wednesday which will take them to the website link.  



  • Parentline - a confidential text messaging advice and support line for Bedfordshire parents and carers of children aged 0-19. Text: 07507 331456


  • ChatHealth – confidential text messaging service for pupils aged between 11 and 19 for any concerns about the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus or the effect on schooling or future exams.  ChatHealth’s school nurses are there to help and also can help with areas of support such as healthy relationships, healthy lifestyles, emotional wellbeing, sexual health, smoking, drugs, alcohol, bulling.  Text:  07507 331450 

  • Rehab4Adddiction Find drug and alcohol rehab or outpatient treatment in Bedfordshire. Select from a variety of options, including residential and outpatient treatment to suit your needs. 


  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): keeping children safe online (latest advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak) - updated 25 June 2020 with new information on apps to help children stay safe online










  • Central Bedfordshire have put together a page of useful resources to help parents/carers find information and advice on topics such as childcare, health and wellbeing, critical workers, school opening and transport, family information and more.




  • The local authority have produced an invaluable resource pack with two key documents added. The first of these is a two page summary record which is COVID 19 Hospital Communication Passport that lists the most important things that hospital and medical staff must know about disabled persons as soon as they arrive. It is important to complete your COVID 19 Hospital Communication Passport to ensure hospital and medical staff understand disabled children, young people and adults range of access and support needs.



  • Aquarius, Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service, Bedfordshire

Referral form