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What is Mental Health and Wellbeing?


Your mental health affects how you feel, think and act. It refers to your emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. Your mental health can change and fluctuate on a daily basis and over time, and can be affected by a range of factors.


Just as it’s important to look after your physical health, the same is true for your mental health. Your state of wellbeing affects how you cope with stress, relate to others, make choices, and play a part in your family, community, workplace and among your friends.


Good mental health among children smiley

When children have good levels of wellbeing it helps them to:

  • learn and explore the world
  • feel, express and manage positive and negative emotions
  • form and maintain good relationships with others
  • cope with, and manage, change, setbacks and uncertainty
  • develop and thrive.



Children present and will be exposed to a range of factors in their homes and communities that can affect their mental health. sad

These risks come in many forms and may be the result of:

  • the child’s individual characteristics (e.g. their temperament, communication difficulties, learning disability, etc.)
  • being exposed to traumatic experiences (e.g. abuse, domestic violence, bullying etc.)
  • changes in relationships within families or friends (e.g. divorce, separation, death and loss etc.)
  • broader society (e.g. discrimination and poverty etc.).

However, not all children who are exposed to risks will develop mental health difficulties.

At Rocklands we understand the importance of being a mentally healthy school for the children, the staff and the wider community. 


  • We understand where mental health and wellbeing can be developed and promoted and this is embedded as part of our school improvement plan.
  • We work closely with, and consult staff, pupils and their families to build a sense of community.


Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead Staff

Mental Health and Wellbeing Newsletter Summer 2024

Rockstars meeting - Mental health and Wellbeing at Rocklands March 2023

How we teach Mental Health and Wellbeing - Progression

Mental Health Needs - Click To Find Out More  Support and Guidance 

ACE's Adverse Childhood Experience

Youtube - ACE's Video

NHS - ACE's Overview

NHS Scotland - ACE's information


MindEd - Parenting a Child with Anxiety Issues Guide

Childline - Youtube Video - How to Cope with Anxiety 

Childline - Youtube Video - 3 Ways to Overcome Stress

Childline - ZIPIT APP Designed to Help you Regain Control Sexting & Online Chat

ADHD Foundation - Recognising Anxiety

10 Top Tips for Teaching Emotions

Attachment and Child Development

Seasame Street - Information on Responsive Parenting 

Bath University - Youtube Video - Attachment Aware Schools

NICE - Identification, Assessment and Treatment of Attachment Difficulties in Children

ADHD Foundation - What is Attachement Information Page

Bereavement and Loss 

MindEd - Guidance for Dealing with Loss (including loss of a pet) 

Childline- 0800 1111

Find local Help 

Cruse Bereavement - 0808 808 1766

Child Bereavement UK - 0800 02 888 40

Winstons Wish - Support and Guidance

NHS - Help is at Hand Bereavement after Suicide  

Challenging Behaviour 

Childline - Why am I angry - Support, Information and Guidance

Eating Problems 

BEAT - Eating Disorder Poster 

BEAT - Helpline: 0808 801 0677 

Studentline: 0808 801 0811

Youthline: 0808 801 0711

ABC - Help Directory (Getting help in your local area) 

Prior Group - Eating Disorder Guidance

NEDA - Eating Disorder Toolkit for Parents 

NEDA - Eating Disorder Toolkit for Educators 

Sleep Disorders / Difficulties 

Good Sleep Hygiene Checklist

Sleep Diary Template 

Low Mood or Depression 

Childline - Youtube Video Family Problems 

Books to Read - Be Happy to Be you 

Kapow - Increasing Self Confidence and Self Awareness 

Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour 

Royal Collage of Psychiatrist - OCD Guide for parents and carers. 

BBC - Video Explaining OCD

Overactivity or Poor Concentration 

Young Minds - Living with ADHD

ADHD Foundation - Hints and Tips 

ADHD Foundation - ADHD Fact Sheet

ADHD Foundation - ADHD and Comorbid Conditions 

ADHD Foundation - What is Dyspraxia Guide 

Tourettes - Support and Guidance 

ADHD Matters - Child Friendly Videos Explaining What it is like to have ADHD 


Childline - Self-harm Coping Techniques

Anna Freud - Self-harm in Children and Young People

University of Oxford - Coping with Self-Harm Guide

ADHD Foundation - Self Harm Guide


MindEd for Families - Coping with Trama Guide 

Seasame Street - Children Friendly Resources Trauma and Crisis Focus 

Childline - Youtube Video - Building Confidence after Online Bullying 

Suicidal Feelings and Thoughts

Papyrus - Prevention of Young Suicide 

NSPCC - Mental Health and Suicidal Thoughts Support 

Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources 

Anna Freud - Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing Guide

Online safety Guides (linked to Wellbing) 

Teaching Guidance for Mental Health and Wellbeing 

Support Pupils Mental Health Whole School

Young Minds - Hello Yellow Resources for World Mental Health Day

 'State of the Nation' - World Mental Health Day

Cyberbullying and Online Harrassment 

PSHE Association - Teaching Metal Health

Support for schools around a suicide of a child attending the school.

The Mix - support for young people regarding self-harm, including apps and tools 

NHS - Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources 

Parent Support and Guidance 

Top Tips - How to have difficult conversations with your child 

calming exercises - childline 

COVID 19 / Recovery Curriculum 

Coronavirus social story - widgit In print 

Hug Video 

Winnie and Wilbur Stay at Home (story book)

Coronavirus Story for Children (Nosy Crow)

Everybody Worries (story book)

Be a Coronavirus Fighter (story book)

My Hero is you (story book)

Good Days and Bad Days (picture book) 

Beating the Virus (cartoon/ picture book)