Mental Health

If you are worried about changes in your child’s mood or behaviour, you can contact their pastoral coordinator for advice and information. If you are worried that they might be at immediate risk of harm, call your doctor or dial 999. There are a number of other services below which you might also find useful:

Government guidance on supporting your child’s mental health during the pandemic can be accessed here 

Tips on helping teenagers cope with lockdown from Parent Info 

For information and support contact Young Minds 

Specific support for parents of teenagers can be accessed here 

Children and young people who need to talk can access Kooth 

To talk to the Educational Psychology Service, email EPSHelpline@somerset.gov.uk to arrange a phone call

Frank – Information about drugs, their effects and the law around them. www.talktofrank.com/  Helpline 0300 123 6600 Open 24/7, 7 days a week. Text support 82111 Email www.talktofrank.com/contact 

Papyrus Hope Line UK - Confidential support and advice service for young people under the age of 35 who may be having thoughts of suicide and anyone concerned a young person may be having thoughts of suicide. pat@papyrus-uk.org / Call: 08000684147 / Text: 07786209697 / www.papyrus-uk.org/help-advice/about-hopelineuk 

Self-Injury Support – Provides information and support for girls and women who self-harm. Email and web chat available. www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk/  Telephone helpline available 0808 800 8088 Text support available 07537 432 444

Winston’s Wish - Supporting children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling. Face to Face Support, Freephone National Helpline, Online Chat, Getting Support and Support Information. www.winstonswish.org/ 

Anxiety UK – Live chat and email support for children and young people experiencing anxiety. www.anxietyuk.org.uk/ 

Stem 4 - Eating disorders, depression, anxiety and self-harm affecting teenagers www.stem4.org.uk