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East Bridgford St Peter's Church of England Academy

Mental Health

It was so lovely to see so many parents attend the online meeting with Nottinghamshire’s Mental Health Support Team (MHST). It was a great opportunity to discuss common aspects of mental health with children, exploring some of the signs and symptoms and how the Mental Health Support Team at school might be able to support you as parents. We hope the session was helpful to you. If you would like further support or information on courses they discussed, please email  FAO Miss Fisher. Here are some online resources and extra reading that the MHST recommended.  


Recommended Reading for Infant and Primary


  • Helping Your Child with Fears and Worries - Cathy Creswell
  • Starving the (anxiety, depression, stress, anger or exam stress) Gremlin – Kate Collins-Donnelly
  • You’re a Star/ Don’t Worry be Happy/ Be Strong / Be Yourself  / Be Brave / Sometimes I’m Anxious – Poppy O’Neill
  • The Incredible Years - Webster-Stratton (for behaviour that challenges)  


Online Resources:


For Parents


Mental Health Support for Adults 


Self-Referral to CAMHS or by contacting MHL at school



Tips for Supporting your Child’s Mental Health


Starting a conversation


“You don’t understand” 

Non-judgemental approach

Don’t try to fix it; encourage them to come to their own solutions

Drive the VAN – Validate, Acknowledge and Normalise

Say what you see

Me and you vs. the problem, not me vs. you

Talk about others and their mental health

Car conversations

The take away messages: “thank you for sharing”, “I’m here for you”, “I love you and nothing will ever change that”


What can I do? 


Don’t blame yourself!

Be a role model

Talk openly about mental health in the home

Encourage and demonstrate wellbeing habits; connect, be active, be curious, keep learning and give.  

1:1 time