Buckinghamshire for Children's Health and Wellbeing
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust have launched a new support website for children's health and wellbeing. Specifically for parents and carers of primary school aged children. The website contains information to support you during a child’s primary school years.
The website is primarily a health information and promotion website, covering important features of a child’s health and development, including healthy minds, healthy bodies, health issues and where to get professional help and support.
Support for Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing Outside School
There may be any number of reasons why a young person might experience challenges with negative emotions and mental health. We believe the conversations about healthy minds and emotions should be ongoing and part of everyday discussion; we know at any given time a student might feel anxious, worried or upset; they might be dealing with a difficult situation or bereavement. I therefore wanted to ensure parents/carers know of the services that are available, and especially that many of these can be accessed 24/7.
We would recommend you do have active and continuing conversations with your child around positive mental health and where they might go for any information, advice and support if they need it; the following are some excellent local services we want to make sure you and your child know about:
ChildLine offers free and confidential support for children and young people up to the age of 19. This is a 24/7 service.
Tel: 0800 1111
A free, safe and anonymous space for young people to find online support and counselling.
For young people: Text YM to 85258.
Shout provides free, 24/7 text support for young people across the UK experiencing a mental health crisis.
Parents Helpline: For detailed advice, emotional support and signposting about a child or young person up to the age of 25.
Tel: 0808 802 5544 (Monday - Friday 9:30am - 4:00pm)
We have a supportive and open culture around mental health in our school and we also want parents, carers and students to know that this support is also available outside of school too in the wider community – so if anyone does need any extra help, it is always there whether during school hours or at evenings, weekends and in the holidays.
Please do let us know if you have any questions/queries about this and please do contact us direct if there is anything effecting your child that you would like to alert us to and discuss with school.