Supporting Mental Health and wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing Vision Statement:


We’re BELIEVERS – courageous,  compassionate, respectful and friendly



Shrek (2001) – I’m a Believer


At Great Paxton CE Primary School, we are committed to supporting the mental and emotional wellbeing of our pupils, staff, parents and governors. Together, we define mental health as having a positive healthy mind, which includes our feelings, thoughts, emotions and moods.

Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

(World Health Organization 2018)

We recognise how important our mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as our physical health. We know that this changes and that we all need to work and spend time on our mental health and wellbeing.

As a Church of England School, we promote the whole child and every adult, which is linked to the Church of England’s vision of July 2016: “life in all its fullness” (John 10:10).

Children and staff have recognised the skills and attributes for a positive healthy mind and wellbeing coinciding with our Church vision and our four core Christian Values, through pupil and staff voice (2023). On a daily basis, these are embedded in each classroom and across our school community.




Courage/Endurance and self-sacrifice

School motto = Believe in yourself and each other

For "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13




Adult Support (local)

Good Mood Cafes, CPSL Mind

Drop in to our weekly Good Mood Cafes in local cafes, outdoors or online via Zoom to connect with like-minded people in your community. Our Good Mood Cafes provide an opportunity to meet new people to share interests, skills and wellbeing tips in an informal space to help boost your mood. It’s OK not to be OK, so you don’t have to be in a good mood to come along to a Good Mood Cafe – but we hope everyone will leave feeling better than when they arrived.

Various venues incuding:

ARU’s Cambridge Campus, Student Union,
East Road,


Art and Soul,
7 New Street,
St Neots,
PE19 1AE

**Art and Soul, 7 New Street, St Neots, PE19 1AE - Tuesdays 2:00-3:30pm, Weekly**. Information sourced from website:


Riverwood Counselling and Wellbeing Practice – St Neots

Riverwood Counselling and Wellbeing Practice offers individual counselling, couples counselling, group work, wellbeing support. The team at Riverwood Counselling and Wellbeing Practice believe that when you share what's going on for you in a consistently supportive and non-judgemental environment you will be able to start making the changes you want to make or simply better understand how you really feel about things. Our Counselling Team is made up of professionally qualified Integrative Counsellors (combining person-centred, psychodynamic and existential approaches) and counsellors in training, who are all members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. We work under the BACP Ethical Framework to ensure we are working safely and in the best interests of the client. All our counsellors hold current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Information sourced from website:


8a The Green,
Eaton Ford,
St Neots,
PE19 7AF


Walk and Talk 4 Men – St Neots

Walk & Talk 4 Men is a simple concept that gives men the opportunity to talk in a relaxed comfortable environment whilst taking in the beauty of the local countryside. Paxton Pits Nature Reserve has become our adopted home, with the majority of our walks taking place there. Co-founders Justin & Steve host two walks a month. Check the Facebook page for times and meeting locations. Information sourced from website:

Office telephone number

07774 732827

High Street, Little Paxton,
St Neots,
PE19 6ET


Relate - Cambridge

VCSE  Online or Telephone Support / Young Persons Support

Anxiety, Carer and Family Support, Depression, Neurodiversity Therapy, Young Persons Support

Relate has local Centres across England and Wales. The services each Centre provides vary based on the needs of local communities. They often include relationship counselling for partners and individuals; sex therapy; family counselling; counselling for children and young people

Office telephone number 01302 347866





The Lifeline helpline, a free mental health support service, has been running for 22 years and was set up by local mental health charity Lifecraft. The service is now available for all adults in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough between 11am and 11pm 365 days of the year. A trained call handler will offer support on the phone and can also link callers directly to other organisations specialising in areas such as bereavement, financial concerns, employment, drugs & alcohol issues and more. If you are struggling and need someone to talk to – ring Lifeline – we are here for you Charity number: 1048144 Information sourced from

Helpline telephone number  0808 808 2121

The Bath House, Gwydir Street,


Helpful Links for Families/Children:


YMCA Trinity Group - Mental Health Services

VCSEYoung Persons Support

Abuse Advice and Support Anxiety Bereavement

YMCA has been supporting young people in the UK and across the world for over 150 years. YMCA Trinity Group delivers needs led services to communities across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough & Suffolk. We support not only children and young people, but also the people and communities around them. We take a holistic approach to support, working with whole organisations, young people, and their parents and carers to help develop a positive wellbeing culture. We are a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Office telephone number 01733 373187

YMCA Trinity Group,
Queen Anne House, Gonville Place,

Blue Smile

VCSEYoung Persons Support

Advice and SupportYoung Persons Support

Supporting the mental wellbeing of Cambridgeshire pupils with expert arts-based therapies, unlocking children's potential to learn and be happy

Office telephone number

01223 314725

Blue Smile,
47 – 51 Norfolk Street,

LGBTQ+ support and advice



Helping gender diverse children


Action for Children
Supports children, young people and families across England with emotional and practical care.


Practical information and emotional support for:


  • Young people
  • Young people leaving care
  • Young carers



0800 1111
Information and advice for young people on topics like bullying, your body and relationships. Also provides:


  • A phone helpline
  • 1-2-1 online chats with counsellors
  • Online message boards
  • Welsh-speaking and BSL interpreter counsellors
A UK-wide database of mental health charities and organisations offering advice and support.
Local mental health services across England and Wales. Offers talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
Information and advice for people with a learning disability, their families and carers. Services include an online community.


The Mix

0808 808 4994
85258 (crisis messenger service, text THEMIX)

Support and advice for people under 25, offering these services:

  • Helpline
  • Crisis messenger textline
  • Discussion board
  • Webchat
  • Short-term counselling by phone and online



NHS Every Mind Matters
Information and advice on mental health and wellbeing for young people. Includes videos about dealing with change, social media and sleep.


Our time
Information and workshops for children and young people whose parents or carers experience mental health problems.


Samaritans are open 24/7 for people to talk about any concerns, worries and troubles they’re going through.



Young Minds
Mental health support for young people, parents and carers. Includes information about mental health problems and medication.


Youth Access
Advice and counselling network for young people. Includes a search tool for finding free local services.


Anxiety UK
Advice, support and information for people who experience anxiety.


Support and advice for people under 35 experiencing suicidal thoughts or finding it hard to cope. Provides support for anyone concerned about another young person.

Kids of Colour
Online platform for young people to learn about race, identity and culture, and to challenge racism. Offers a YouTube channel, summer school and workshops.

0808 801 0400

Child Bereavement
Help for children, young people, parents and families after the death of someone close. Offers support through local services, groups for young people, plus films and blogs.


Information and advice for young people, parents and carers with concerns about school bullying and abuse.


Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families


Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people.




Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.

Registration: is required


The Child Bereavement Network


Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak.


Others Website:


On my mind - 


Big White Wall - 


The Mix - 


Mind (for young people section) - 


  •  We as a staff give reassurance to our children that we are there for them as Jesus was for his flock. We will care and look after them, we will teach them and do not leave anyone behind.