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Health and wellbeing at Dringhouses Primary School

We feel very strongly about working hard to keep ourselves well here at Dringhouses Primary. 

We have a team of people who have key responsibilities around the wellbeing of our community, including Clare Smith, who is our Senior Mental-Health lead; Laura McFarland and Jackie Banks, who are both Emotional Learning Support Assistants (ELSA). 

We have initiatives to ensure the wellbeing of our staff, and of our children, and of our parent/carer community too, including support groups that meet to discuss the issues and challenges facing them. as well as celebrate the successes and positives. 

If you feel like there are other things we could be doing, or to volunteer your services or ideas, please get in touch – we know that happy people make better learners, and we want to be able to offer support to everyone who needs it. 


Below, you’ll find a list of websites and apps that provide support across a range of challenges and situations. 


Headspace: A mindfulness and meditation app providing tools and resources to help reduce stress, build resilience, and aid better sleep https://www.headspace.com/

Calm: app for sleep and meditation  https://www.calm.com/

Bright Sky  – a free mobile app providing support and information for anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.https://www.hestia.org/brightsky


Shout  – 24/7 free text service, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Text 85258. Only available in mainland UK https://giveusashout.org/

Childline –  You can talk to Childline about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Call them on 0800 1111 or chat online.https://www.childline.org.uk/

The Haven – offers out-of-hours mental health support to anyone aged 16 or over in York and Selby:https://www.mhm.org.uk/the-haven-30-clarence-street

Anxiety Uk -online support groups, courses and resources  www.anxietyuk.org.uk 

Samaritans – if you are struggling to cope or know someone who is struggling.  Call 116 123 or visit  www.samaritans.org

York mindhas all the links above and many more resources and links:  https://www.yorkmind.org.uk/how-we-help/crisis-services/

Parents and Carers to support children.

Anna Freud – useful website providing advice and guidance for parents and carers to help them support a child or a young person experiencing poor mental health/wellbeing : https://www.annafreud.org/parents-and-carers/

Young minds:  practical advice and tips on supporting your child – from how to encourage your child to open up about their feelings to dealing with mental health: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/parent/


The School Wellbeing Service is a link between school and CAMHS,  they work to support children with managing: Low self-esteem, poor resilience, low Mood, emotional regulation, anxiety, trauma, loss and attachment difficulties, eating problems Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and ADHD/ADD:  https://www.yor-ok.org.uk/sws.htm

Dealing with bereavement and loss

General help - parenting and life

York Family Information Service.   This is a free and impartial information service for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-19 (or up to 25 for disabled children).  They can help with anything and everything around family life and being a young person. If you’re a parent or carer and have a question but don’t know where to go, then please get in touch Text Only: 07786202241 Email: fis@york.gov.uk  https://en-gb.facebook.com/YorkFamilyInformationService/

Social Prescribing

Social prescribing is a term which means linking people to non-medical sources of support to improve people’s health and wellbeing. This could be support with housing, finances, reducing social isolation, building self-esteem, fostering links with the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, creating community pathways, and identifying hobbies/passions and sport which are vital for improving health and wellbeing. Social prescribing teams are well placed to address the root cause of these difficulties, and are able to meet individuals in their surgery or out in the community, wherever an individual prefers. More information can be found on the Ways to Wellbeing and Primary Care Link Workers webpage on the link: https://www.yorkcvs.org.uk/social-prescribing-in-york/

Young People

Anna Freud – 91 Self care strategies to support anxiety and depression: https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkZSg8uyM-gIVpWLmCh23EwKXEAMYAiAAEgI-rPD_BwE

Chat-chit: Website aimed at under 25s – supporting wellbeing. https://www.yorkmind.org.uk/news-events/news/yormind-chat-chit/  


Able futures – a site to help staff who work in education to manage their own mental health.They can offer up to 9 months advice and guidance to help build resilience, learn coping mechanisms and access therapy.  Call 0800 321 3137 or apply on line at https://able-futures.co.uk/

Nicky Hainsworth form York Mind – offers staff free 1:2:1 support or training (via telephone or zoom) email Nicky directly on: nicola.hainsworth@yorkmind.org.uk.

The employee Workplace Wellness service – this offers support, information, expert advice and

specialist counselling as well as proactive guidance to help members of staff to stay healthy and

enjoy physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. This free, confidential, service is available

online or by telephone 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  Call Tel: 0800 030 5182 or visit the online health portal: www.healthassuredeap.co.uk. Your username and password are in the staff handbook p29.

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