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Castledawson Primary School



Well-being and Mental Health in School


Castledawson Primary School values the wellbeing of all staff and students within their community. The school provides a wide range of support to promote the wellbeing of staff and students, including nurturing activities, our extensive pastoral support, calming and breathing activities for all children, calm and quiet areas of school and classroom, bucket filling activities and well as promoting growth and mindset activities. We raise awareness of mental health and supporting our children's well-being through a wide range of social and emotional experiences. We have a Health and Well-being policy and hold workshops for parents to develop the home school partnership in developing positive experiences for our children.  



If you Need Help with Child Mental Health

Local Help

Your GP

They will be able to provide help and advice. Your GP can also provide access to appropriate specialist services and local organisations.

Call 111

You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

NHS mental health services

Find local mental health services on the NHS website.


National Help

Childline  Free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday.

0800 1111


Beat  Provides helplines, self-help groups and online support to anyone affected by eating disorders.

Helpline: 0808 801 0677,

Youthline: 0808 801 0711,

Studentline: 0808 801 0811

The Samaritans  The Samaritans provide a confidential service for people in despair and who feel suicidal.

116 123

NSPCC  Provides helplines and information on child abuse, child protection and safeguarding children.

0808 800 5000

Young Minds  Young Minds has a Parent Helpline that offers free confidential telephone and email support to any adult worried about the wellbeing of a child or young person.

0808 802 5544

Youth Wellbeing Directory

Helps you find support for mental health and wellbeing of young people up to age 25 across the UK.

Free resource about mental health and addiction issues. It has advice and documents on issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm, bipolar, eating disorders and coping.

Helplines partnership

Provides a comprehensive list of mental health helplines in the UK.

Mental Health Foundation This website offers a wide range of information about mental health issues.

Health Talk Online

Aims to provide balanced information about the experience of everyday life with a range of health conditions and issues, what to expect both physically and mentally, overcoming practical difficulties, making decisions about treatment and talking to health professionals.


YouthinMind is an online resource for information about mental health and offers brief assessments. It also provides links to other useful books, websites and services.


Preventative Curriculum

In Castledawson Primary School we teach and promote a preventative curriculum to help off set any unwanted, negative experiences in school. As well as permeating our whole school ethos and the relationships at every level within our school, we want our children to be well equipped to deal with such experiences if they occur by ensuring they are well-informed and have already explored scenarios and feelings surrounding certain experiences.  

For example in..

·         Circletime

·         Assemblies

·         Through PDMU

·         Bucket Filling activities

·         Growth and Mindset

·         Conflict Resolution

·         Health and well-being activities – daily mile, active travel, exercise, active clubs, calming and breathing activities, nurturing events and strategies, bucket filling, feelings thermometer

·         Knowing who they can talk to in school and keeping them safe

·         Celebrating and raising awareness e.g. Safer Internet Day, Anti-Bullying Week

·         School Values and promoting resilience

·         Inviting visitors into school about staying safe– PSNI, NSPCC etc and visits to RADAR and BeeSafe

·         Listening to their views

·         Sharing with our parents



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