Menston Primary School

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Mental Health and Wellbeing

As part of our commitment to promoting good mental health for our children and families, Mrs Gilmour has been undertaking Senior Mental Health Lead Training and Mrs Corrigan has been attending Mental Health Champions Plus training.  Here is a link to a video we were show this week which outlines ten ‘top tips’ for parents to help you to support your child with their mental health and wellbeing.  We hope you find it useful.

Parenting Smart – Practical tips to support children’s wellbeing and manage behaviour

Parenting Smart is:

• Created by Place2Be’s parenting experts
• Based on evidence and our experience of working with children and families
• Designed with busy parents in mind, with short videos and articles
• Topics from meltdowns to friendship difficulties, from anxiety to the transition to secondary school

Visit the Parenting Smart webpage for more information. – online support for young people have an online service to support the wellbeing and resilience of children and young people aged 10 and above.

Kooth is a web-based confidential support service available to young people. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people.

Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside counselling hours’ young people can message our team and get support by the next day.

When young people register with Kooth they will have support available to them now and in the future. Support can be gained not only through counselling but articles, forums and discussion boards.  All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated.

To find out more visit  where young people can register and others can find out more about the service.

You can also view a short video about the service at:


Other excellent resources for supporting mental health for children and families who are part of the BAME community:



We are extremely happy to share with you that Menston Primary School has achieved Silver Award Status for the United Against Bullying Programme.
Our My Happy Mind theme for this half term is ‘Appreciate’. The Appreciate module teaches children to understand why gratitude matters and how we can develop gratitude as a habit. Gratitude is key to wellbeing and resilience and we’re all about making it a habit!