Mental Health

At this time... we are here for you!

As a school we recognise that these  are uncertain times and it is important that amongst the worry, we look after ourselves and the children in our care. We need to do our best to remain positive, care for one another and try to keep smiling! This page is designed to offer some useful tips, links to resources and contacts to support with your child and own wellbeing.

If you require any support at all please do not hesitate to email  Please state your name, contact number and a brief outline of the support you require.  Please allow time to for us triage your email but please be assured we will respond as quickly as we can.



Talking to your child about Covid-19
Your child may understandably be concerned or worried by what they see, read or hear in the news or online regarding coronavirus (covid-19). As a parent or carer, it’s good to talk to them honestly but calmly about what is happening, and to not ignore or shield them from what is going on in the world. Children look to adults in their life for comfort when they are distressed, and will take a lead on how to view things from you. Remember, you don’t have to have all the answers, but it is better to have a gentle conversation to reassure your child that they can talk to you so they don’t feel like they’re on their own.


At Chapelford Village Primary School the wellbeing of children and young people is at the heart of everything we do. Wellbeing is about how things are going for children in their daily lives. We consider if they are feeling safe, are healthy, are achieving, are nurtured, are active, are respected, are responsible, are included.

During this period of uncertain times we are all being asked to work in very different ways. We understand the pressures that parents and carers will be facing as they try to juggle their own working patterns, financial pressures, wider family commitments alongside teaching your child(ren).  Staff are on hand to support you with this and will be speaking to you regularly to aid any questions or challenges you are facing. We do not want you to feel stressed with education pressures but we do aim to support you in every way that we can.


Supporting children at home:

  • Good balanced diet - fresh fruit and veg.
  • Daily exercise - particularly outdoors.
  • Limit screen time. 
  • Reading - choose a book to read with your child, perhaps choose a Roald Dahl that you enjoyed and say you want to read it again and share it with them a chapter a night - it's not only good for emotional well being but it is good educationally and stops screen before bed enabling better quality sleep.
  • At night talk through the good things that have happened in the day - and what you're looking forward to. 
  • Reading challenge at the library - if you can only get your child to do one thing make it reading - it improves their spelling, writing, vocabulary and reading skill equips them for every other subject. 
  • Write for a purpose - to a family member, shopping list etc. 
  • What relationships fill your family's emotional tank - spend time with them - make the most of the relaxing in restrictions so you can meet. 
  • If they have a new phobia about going out/something else - they need measured 'exposure' to it. Find a reason to go out - visit a postbox - just repeat that then find somewhere else to go slightly further away - gradually increasing the challenge.
  • Make sure the children go for walks past school so you desensitise them. 
  • Familiar films that the children know well are comforting - avoid films that make them jump and have a lot of tension/conflict.
  • Music they enjoy on in the background means that they don't have chance to dwell on other things that silence can cause.
  • Normalise their anxieties about returning to school - it will be a 'soft landing' - teachers know that they will need time to settle in and there will be time to talk and the work is going to be OK to do. 
  • Go for walks that include seeing the school.

When we become anxious our body prepares itself for some form of physical action, often called the ‘fight-flight- freeze’ response. It’s something that happens automatically in our bodies, and we have no control over it.  These booklets have been developed to focus on how anxiety builds up over time and what you can do to help contain or alleviate these feelings. 

Young Minds Matter

Children and young people’s minds are developing at a rapid rate.  And as they grow up, all the challenges they face can affect their behaviour, emotions and their view on the world.  In today’s complex society, those challenges can lead to difficulties which have a big impact as children get older. 

In this leaflet you’ll find information on children and young people’s mental health, what can affect it and where to go if you need help with your child.

We know how challenging it can be to balance all the demands parents have to cope with. That’s why we’ve put together some tips to help.   All children need boundaries and discipline, and this guide helps you develop what works for you and your child.  Every family  is different, so make  this guide your own.  

Heads Together

Too often, people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health. This fear of prejudice and judgement stops people from getting help and can destroy families and end lives. Heads Together wants to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and have the practical tools to support their friends and family.

Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.

Financial Support and Advice

If you are worried about your financial situation, you will find the latest guidance on the Citizens Advice Bureau.  

Happy? Sad? Ok?
Theres a link on the homepage of the Happy? OK? Sad? site to information about COVID-19 and mental wellbeing. The information includes practical suggestions for working from home; information and advice for people still going into work; and ideas for self-help, if you or members of your family are feeling anxious or worried.

New 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line for Warrington

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new mental health crisis line. The crisis line number 01925 275 309 is now the first port of call for local residents, experiencing a mental health crisis. For more details click here.

Domestic Abuse

The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25 per cent increase in requests for help since the lockdown began, according to a leading charity. Refuge, which runs the phone and online service, has warned self-isolation could aggravate existing tensions and remove potential escape routes. In the initial stages of the lockdown it saw a 150 per cent increase in the number of people accessing the national domestic abuse website

In addition to the Government guidance on domestic abuse, Safe Lives has produced an excellent guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse staying safe during COVID-19. The Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse has also published help for employees when home is not a safe place. Please use these resources to support you and your family.