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Mental health Month and Sleep advice

As parent's and carers you play a very important role in your child’s health. Here are a few simple ways you can encourage them to look after their body and mind:

Chat with your child about what you do to look after your body and mind, from walking the dog to turning your phone off before bed. Sharing the steps you’ve taken to stay healthy can set a good example for them – but don’t be afraid to admit it if you’ve struggled! It’s important for children to keep trying, even when things are difficult.   
Praise your child and other family members for what they do to look after their body and mind – even if it’s small. If your child sees healthy living in a positive light, they’re more likely to carry on doing these things throughout life.     Remind them that there’s no such thing as a perfect body or mind – and no one is perfectly healthy! Your child might be tempted to compare themselves to other children, especially on social media, but it’s important to remember that everyone’s bodies and minds are different – and that’s something to celebrate.    
Do something regularly with your child to be  Healthy: Inside and Out. Family life can be very busy and stressful at times. Cooking a meal, sitting down for a family dinner,  or going for a walk together can be a great way to stay connected and have fun. 
Don’t forget, if you’re worried about your child, you can talk to your GP or someone at your child’s school.  You can also find a list of organisations that provide support and advice for parents on our website 
Visit to find out how you can get involved and support Place2Be’s vital work.

The following is a list of organisations that can provide mental health support or help with individual queries

If you are a child or young person and are concerned about your mental health then speak as soon as possible to an adult that you trust. This could be a parent (or other family member), a teacher, or a doctor (GP). If you are not sure who to talk to you can telephone Childline or The Samaritans (contact listed below).

If you are an adult and are concerned about a child or young person's mental health, then there are other organisations listed below that offer advice and support.

Immediate help

Childline (for children and young people only)
0800 1111 (UK), 24 hours a day
chat: chat online email web:

Available 24 hours a day for children and young people, help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online, send ChildLine an email or post on the message boards.

Samaritans (for adults)
116 123 (UK), 24 hours a day
email: web:

Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.

0300 123 3393 (Mon - Fri, 9am-6pm except bank holidays)
email: web:

Offers advice and support to service users; has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help and assistance.

Rethink Mental Illness
0300 5000 927 (Mon - Fri, 10am-2pm)
email: web:

Rethink Mental Illness works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, recover a better quality of life. It provides effective services and support and campaigns for change through greater awareness and understanding.

0845 767 8000 (6pm-11pm every day - local rate on BT landlines)
Support forum email: web:

SANE services provide practical help, emotional support and specialist information to individuals affected by mental health problems, their family, friends and carers.

Education Support Partnership
08000 562 561 
(UK), 24 hours a day

text: 07909 341229 chat: chat online email web:

For teachers and everyone working in education to boost health, happiness 

YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

The Mix


Honest information and support for young people in the UK on a range of issues.

Mental Health Foundation

Charity improving the lives of those with mental health problems or learning disabilities.


At its heart, MindEd provides practical knowledge that gives adults confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved.

Advice on depression, anxiety, ADHD & self-harm

YoungMinds Parents Helpline
0808 802 5544 (9.30 to 4.00pm, Mon- Fri)

We offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.




Mental Health Week was set up by the children’s mental health charity Place2Be to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is Healthy: Inside and Out – we’re encouraging everyone to think about how they look after their bodies and minds.
Don’t forget, if you’re worried about your child, you can talk to your GP or someone at your child’s school.  You can also find a list of organisations that provide support and advice for parents on our website:
Visit to find out how you can get involved and support Place2Be’s vital work.

What’s it all about?
When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies – our physical wellbeing – through food, being active and getting enough sleep.
However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too. We know from our work in schools that children in every class have diagnosable mental health conditions  and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement.
Our bodies and minds are actually very closely linked, so things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing as well. When we take steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out, it helps us to feel better in ourselves, focus on what we want to do and deal with difficult times.
Sleep tips
Advice from Year 6
l Do something relaxing before bed (e.g. drink hot chocolate, have a bath, read/listen to a story)
l Don’t do exciting things before bed like playing computer games or watching TV
l Keep the bed tidy – make sure any books and toys aren’t stopping you being comfy, though a soft toy is sometimes nice to cuddle
Ask your child to take one of these pieces of advice themselves.
Some soundtracks to listen to ,to help soothe before bed: