Whaley Bridge ER Primary School

Mental Health

Mental health is something everyone at Whaley Bridge Primary School takes very seriously; all of us are likely to need help with mental health at some point in our lives, and we aim to provide our community with the tools they need to. protect their mental health, and to respond when things are difficult.

We know that in July 2020 an NHS survey found that 1 in 6 children aged 5-16 years had a probable mental health need.  For adults in June 2020 the Office of National statistics suggests that this is 1 in 5. 

Support for Mental health at Whaley Bridge Primary School

Mrs Baxby is our Mental Health lead in school and can be contacted via the school office.

Our Family Support worker Hilary Morton may be  able to offer support to families experiencing challenges around mental health. 

Mrs Hathway is our Headteacher, SENDCO and safeguarding lead and can offer support for children and families requiring additional support where mental health issues are linked to additional needs headteacher@whaleybridge.derbyshire.sch.uk

Emotion Coaching

In school, we use a range of approaches aimed at supporting our learners to become emotionally resilient. A guide for parents on emotion coaching can be found here:

Emotion Coaching Handout for Parents


 Mental health support services:

Below are a range of local and national organisations who may be able to offer support:

Qwell ( Our local counselling service)

Please find below a link to our counselling service Qwell.


This service provides a safe, confidential way for Parents and Carers of young people under the age of 18 to access emotional wellbeing and early intervention support that looks to cover a range of mental health issues.

The service is FREE and requires no formal referral, instead only requiring the user to set up an account on the website. QWELL’s counselling team are fully qualified, under current professional membership and have years of experience as well as having access to a range of modalities in order to meet service users’ needs.

The online counselling team are available from 12 noon to 10pm Monday to Friday and 6pm to 10pm at weekends, 365 days a year, providing a much needed out-of-hours service for emotional support in an accessible and convenient way.

Information Leaflet - Qwell


Kooth is a digital mental health platform. Find out more about their approach for schools here


  • SANE runs a national, out of hours mental health helpline offering specialist mental health support to anyone affected by mental illness, including the family, friends and carers. Contact via: 0300 304 7000. Please visit their website at: www.sane.org.uk



  • Mind offer advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Please visit their website at: www.mind.org.uk/information-support

Young Minds

  • Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. Parenting isn’t always easy. Although it’s often amazing and rewarding to watch your children grow, and to help them learn to be independent, it can also be really hard work. Please visit their website at: www.youngminds.org.uk

The Sleep Council

  • The Sleep Council is an impartial organisation that looks at how you can adopt healthier sleep habits and focuses on raising awareness of a good night’s sleep to health and wellbeing. Please visit their website at: www.sleepcouncil.org.uk

Kids Health Doctor

  • Kids Health offer doctor-reviewed advice on hundreds of physical, emotional, and behavioural topics. Please visit their website at: www.kidshealth.org