At Holy Rosary Catholic Primary School we strive to create a nurturing learning environment offering the correct support for all children and families where faith and individual potential can develop and grow.
We aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers), and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health.
We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and the direct link it has to their learning and achievement. All children go through ups and downs during their school career and some face significant life events. In an average classroom, three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. This can have an enormous impact on quality of life, relationships and academic achievement.
Our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.
We take a whole school approach to promoting positive mental health and offer daily activities to help children become more resilient, happy and successful and to prevent problems before they arise.
We promote positive mental health and wellbeing throughout the curriculum and participate in mental health events during the school year.
We use intervention programmes ‘A Confident Me’ and ‘A Confident Mini Me’ in KS1 and KS2 to explore ‘big’ feelings in more depth. These small group interventions are for children who need additional support in managing emotions. Please see below for further information.
Please see our Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy below for further information on our whole school approach to wellbeing and to find out more about our small group approaches and the specialist services we work with an individual level.
How to support mental health at home
5 Ways to Wellbeing clip
Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things can help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life, even during very challenging times.
Please see the following sites for younger children which include mindfulness exercises, breathing techniques, sleep meditation and videos exploring anxiety and anger.
Mental Health Services
Sefton & Liverpool CAMHS services aim to promote the mental health and wellbeing of all children, young people, families and carers.
The link below provides parents / carers with useful resources to support mental health and wellbeing for children. It also allows parents / carers to make referrals to Sefton & Liverpool CAMHS services. If you prefer, referrals can be made with you by Mrs Spalenice.
The Venus Star Centre and Parenting 2000 are two Sefton services which many of our parents access through Sefton & Liverpool CAMHS for therapeutic support for children.
Please follow the link to find out more about Venus Star Centre and Parenting 2000.
The Venus Star Centre provides therapeutic interventions for children and young people aged 5-18 which includes person centred counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Parenting 2000 provides counselling for children and young people aged 6 and over. Also offers mental wellbeing youth mentoring sessions for 11-18 year olds and a Parenting programme with a mental wellbeing focus.
If you would like to discuss your child’s mental health or wellbeing, please contact your child’s class teacher or ring the school office to speak to:
SENDCo - Mrs Spalenice
Pastoral Lead – Mr McGowan
What to do when in crisis:
CAMHS offers 24 hour support to children and young people who are in mental health crisis. If you, or someone you care for, in Liverpool or Sefton, is under 18 and having a mental health crisis:
Call CAMHS Crisis Care Line: 0151 293 3577
Freephone CAMHS Crisis Care Line number: 0808 196 3550
What to do when you need immediate help:
If you feel that you need help immediately call for an ambulance:
Call or Text: 999
Urgent, non-emergency medical advice:
Speak to your GP -
If you’re concerned about your health, your GP is always a good person to contact first.
Online: Use the NHS 111 non-emergency advice online
Call: 111 - Use the NHS111 British Sign Language Service
Free help and advice if you want to speak to someone anonymously
Shout Crisis Text Line -
Shout offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you require immediate help.
Text: “SHOUT” to 85258 or visit Shout Crisis Text Line
The Samaritans: free 24-hour support -
“A safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. We won’t judge you or tell you what to do, we’ll listen to you.”
Call: 116 123
“Confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person”
Call: 0800 068 41 41
Text: 07860 039967
9am to 12am every day of the year, including weekends and bank holidays.