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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It effects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through to adulthood.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy


How do we teach the children about Mental Health and Wellbeing?

At Highburton First School, we love books and reading! They are a great way to introduce sensitive topics to children and engage them in discussion. The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas has been used in school to introduce children to different emotions and feelings. Year groups have now got a feelings board for children to share how they are feeling throughout the day. This gives us the chance to talk to the children about emotions and feelings, why we feel that way and what strategies we can use to change negative feelings. 

Monday 6th February - Parent Workshop 

On Monday 6th February, we help a parent workshop based on 'Self Esteem and Resilience.' 

Please find below the resources that were shared during the workshop. 

Self Esteem Workshop

Steps to Positive Self Esteem 

25 Growth Mindset Affirmations 

Rosenberg Self Esteem Tool 


Parents Meeting - Monday 11th July

On Monday 11th July, we held a parent workshop based on 'Understanding and Supporting Anxiety.' 

Below are the resources that were shared on the evening. 

Thank you to those parents who were able to join us face to face and via Teams. 

Understanding and Supporting Anxiety 

Useful phone apps

Relaxation script for children

Exposure Ladder

Separation Anxiety 

Positive Affirmations 

Fight, Flight or Freeze

Brain Bully

Mindfulness Activities 

Parents Meeting - Monday 4th April 

On Monday 4th April, we held 'An introduction to Mental Health' for parents. 

This was accessed by some parents online via Teams and also face to face in the school hall. 

Thank you to Stacey Barton (our rural education link worker) for hosting the meeting and to all of the parents and governors that attended the meeting. 

Please find below the links to the resources that were shared on the evening. 

Here are some of the photographs from Children's Mental Health Week. 

Where can I get support and advice?

Kirklees - Northorpe Hall

Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust is an independent charity, working closely with NHS and Kirklees Council.

Telephone: 01924 492183


A range of helpful resources from across the internet, including books to download, apps, useful websites, and videos that are available to help support your mental health and well-being.


National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
Support for children and anyone worried about a child.
Telephone:  0808 800 5000 or 0800 1111 (For children 18 and under) 


Ask Mind about mental health problems, where to get help near you, treatment options, advocacy services.
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm)
Text: 86463


Young Minds

Improving the mental health of babies, children and young people, including support for parents and carers.
Parent’s Helpline: 0808 802 5544 
Crisis Messenger Service, text YM to 85258


Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Offering a range of specialist interventions and resources that focus on supporting families.


Night Owls (Overnight West Yorkshire Listening and Advice Service)

West Yorkshire Night OWLS is a confidential support line for children, young people, their parents and carers who live in Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. 

Telephone: 0300 200 3900 

Text: 07984 392700


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