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Wellbeing and Support

MENTAL HEALTH at St John the Baptist School


At our school we work closely with the Mental Health Support Team -  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to provide the best possible support for our children. They are a team of Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) Cognitive Behaviour Therapists and Special Practitioners who aim to work alongside young people and their families for a short period to provide strategies to manage wellbeing and promote good emotional health. Their hope is that by being in schools they will support early identification of these needs and equip and empower young people at the right time. If you have any concerns about your child's mental health please see Mrs Bloom to discuss a referral to the Mental Health Team. For more information the on Mental Health Team please click the link below.


Mental Health Support Teams in schools

Find out more about the Mental Health Support Teams in Gedling, Rushcliffe and Mansfield and Ashfield.

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At our school, support for mental health can also be accessed through our ELSA lead, Mrs Whitt. Mrs Whitt is a fully trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists, who apply their professional knowledge of children's social and emotional development to areas of need experienced by pupils. 


An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and to reach their potential educationally. Their aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home.

There will always be children and young people in school facing life challenges that detract from their ability to engage with learning, and some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others. When our children find themselves struggling and encounter difficulties with their emotional health our ELSA Mrs Whitt will be there to listen, provide additional TLC and support. To do this she will plan and deliver programmes of support and these can be delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social and friendship skills. ELSA sessions take place in our very own 'tranquility room' which provides a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured. 


ELSAs can help with

Loss and bereavement


Social Skills


Friendship issues


Anger Management



Relaxation Techniques



Upcoming Wellbeing Events in our School


Autumn Term


Parent’s evening stand



Coffee Morning – drop in


Resilience workshop KS1


Sleep Hygiene for years 5&6


Coffee Morning – drop in



Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th September –from 3.30


Friday 15th September from 8.45am


Thursday 5th October PM


Thursday 9th November in the PM


Thursday 7th December from 8.45am


Spring Term


Resilience KS2


Mental Health Week Sessions for all classes


Staff Wellbeing  -  Staff meeting


Parent’s evening stand


Information Eve for parents:

children’s emotional health & wellbeing


Coffee Morning – drop in



Tuesday 16th January PM


Thursday 8th February All day


Wednesday 7th February 3.15pm


Mid Feb TBC Tuesday and Thursday


Thursday 7th March TBC



Friday 29th March from 8.45am




Summer Term


Growing and Changing: Coping with Changes, Body Image, Transition, Self-Esteem Year 6


Transition: infant to juniors & Year 6 to secondary





Wednesday 27th March PM



Wednesday 26th June

Sleep workshop for parents and carers of primary age children

Vicki and Tracy, who work in the Mental Health Support Teams in schools talk about how much sleep your child needs and how you can help them get a good night's sleep

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Mental Health Support for Adults

As well as the mental health support we offer, as a school for your child there are also places you can access support.

The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day - in full confidence.

Call 116 123 - it's FREE.

Or email ku.gro.snatiramas@oj.


For free, confidential support, 24/7, text SHOUT to 85258.

If you are struggling to cope and need to talk, trained Shout volunteers are available day or night.

Shout can help with urgent issues such as:


Anxiety and stress


Depression or sadness

Loneliness or isolation

Panic attacks


Suicidal thoughts

Find out more at



Anxiety UK was established in 1970 and is run by and for those with anxiety, offering an extensive range of support services designed to help support those affected by anxiety disorders, anxiety and anxiety-based depression.

Services available include:

Helpline services - 03444 775 774, open from 9:30am to 17:30pm Mon to Friday, along with a text service 07537 416905 and ‘Ask Anxia’ chatbot service, available 24/7 for all anxiety queries at


You can talk to CALM about anything.

Call the CALM helpline on 0800 58 58 58 or use their webchat here.

The helpline and webchat are both open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.


Recommended Reading Infant and Primary

• Helping Your Child with Fears and Worries - Cathy Creswell & Lucy Willets (anxiety)

• The Incredible Years - Webster-Stratton (challenging behaviour)

• Starving the (anxiety, depression, stress, anger, or exam stress) Gremlin – Kate CollinsDonnelly

• You’re a Star/ Don’t Worry be Happy/ Be Strong / Be Yourself / Be Brave / Sometimes I’m Anxious – Poppy O’Neill (workbooks for kids)

• The Mindful Kids Collection – Dr Sharie Coombes (workbooks for kids)