Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing

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)


At St Mary’s, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and student body.  We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches to support our young people. In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health.  In an average classroom, three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. St Mary’s has the established Wellbeing Team in-house to address the needs of our most vulnerable students and families, in conjunction with the existing pastoral support structure. The Wellbeing Team is comprised of a School Counsellor, Vulnerable and Emotional Needs Coordinator, Family Resource Worker, Careers Adviser and School Nurse.  The Wellbeing Team does not replace Social Care or clinical mental health support.

There is more awareness than ever about mental health and the importance of emotional wellbeing throughout our society. There are many agencies and organisations we can turn to for help when we feel unable to cope, however, we can also look after ourselves more effectively to protect our emotional health. We are keen to instil resilience and independence in all of our students, and self-care plays a significant part in this. How much we sleep, what we eat and drink, how much we exercise all affect how we feel physically and emotionally. The world we live in is arguably more demanding than in the past, so the strategies we use to cope with stress are also crucial in maintaining a healthy, positive and productive lifestyle.

To encourage and support our school community in developing and maintaining positive emotional health, we have complied an A-Z directory of organisations and advice on self-care. We hope that this will help our students, parents, carers and staff in taking a proactive approach to taking good care of their wellbeing. We believe that this is essential for everyone to achieve their God given potential and lead a happy and purposeful life.

Useful resources and sign-posting for pupils, parents, carers and staff
Area of need Organisations and contact details
Adoption support

Derbyshire County Council:

If you'd like to talk about anything about adoption please tel: 01629 533190. Your details will be taken and an adoption worker will call you back.

If there is a serious issue about the safety or wellbeing of your child or if you are facing an imminent family breakdown, Call Derbyshire will contact your local area children's team to try to get you the help you need as soon as possible, tel: 01629 533190.

Alcohol & drug abuse Derbyshire Recovery Partnership: 01246 206514/ 08453084010  01773 303646 (For young people)

Anger management

Anxiety SANEline is a national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. Open every day of the year from 4.30pm to 10.30pm on 0300 304 7000.

Self-help techniques downloadable resources

Attachment difficulties

Chrysalis Sheffield


Living well with Autism- 01332301350 South Yorkshire Derbyshire


Child Bereavement UK-



(Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)


Chesterfield- 01246 514412

Derby City 0300 790 0264


Cancer services Derbyshire-

Teens and young people-

Sheffield- Weston Park Hospital Cavendish Cancer Care

Citizens Advice Bureau Chesterfield-  Telephone Advice 0300 456 8437 10am–2pm

Reception number 01246 209164

Derby- Advice Line - 0300 330 9002

Text Relay - 03444 111 445

Enquiries (we cannot provide advice on this number) - 01283 210108

Sheffield-  03444 113 111

Counselling Hallam Caring Service

16 years +Derbyshire 0300 555 5582

Derwent Rural Counselling Service  0800 047 6861 ( Kooth- Online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. ( Qwell- Online counselling and well-being for parents and carers of young people under the age of 18.

CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) Safe and Sound 01332 362120 Derbyshire
Diabetes Mrs J Marsh- School Nurse

Disability services The Light House Fairplay offers a wide range of services to meet the needs of the families. They offer support to children and young people, aged 0-25, and to parents and siblings. 01246 203963

Domestic abuse 0808 2000 247  08000 198 668 01457 856675 Chesterfield 01246 540464

Eating disorders Helpline

0808 801 0677 Youthline 0808 801 0711 Derbyshire 01332 367571

Life Works- Free eating disorders support helplines

Extremism and radicalisation

Food bank Chesterfield 07984 589456

Derby 01332 341189

Sheffield 03444 113 111.

Internet safety Parents and Carers | Safer Internet Centre- This website is specifically aimed at providing parents and carers with practical advice on how to put checks and controls in place to safeguard your child online. It has a range of excellent resources and easy to follow guides.

Parents homepage ( This website covers all aspects of online safety, with a particular focus on keeping your children safe from online abuse and what you should do if you are worried your child is at risk.

Pre-teens (11-13) online safety advice | Internet Matters- Online safety tips and resources for parents/carers of children aged 11-13 years old.

Teens 14+ online safety advice | Internet Matters- Online safety tips and resources  for parents/carers of children aged 11-13 years old.

Online safety | NSPCC- This website contains a wide range of excellent resources on talking to your child about online safety, appropriate content and sexting.



Mental health Derbyshire

Teenage mental health support Support for anyone affected by mental illness

CAMHS-see above Wide range of support. Male mental health

Self-help Range of downloadable resources

Positive parenting

Parenting Teens

Relationships 01708 765200

Self-harm Girls and women

SEND Derbyshire information and advice service for SEND

Single parents

Suicide Young people 8-35 years Hopeline 0800 068 41 41 Call 116 123

Universal credit

Young Carers 01773 833833 0114 258 4595

Anger Management
Drugs & Alcohol
Eating Disorders
Exam Stress
Financial Issues
Healthy Living
Mental Health
Relationships & Family Life
Strategies to manage stress and anxiety