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Mental Health & Wellbeing

Wellbeing at Arboretum


At Arboretum we have two trained senior mental health leads, a very experienced SENCO

 and a whole pastoral team ready and willing to help.

We take wellbeing very seriously here. We believe the mental health of our children is just as important as their physical health and learning, so we have put together this tab to support you, your family and our community.


The children are at the centre of everything we do here at Arboretum, we want them to recognise emotions and learn how to regulate them by offering safe spaces, sensory regulation and 1 to 1 support where needed.

The children know who they can talk to when they feel unsettled and will be given time to calm down by whatever means works for them, either alone (with a watchful eye) or a staff member with lots of training and experience whose main aim is to help them grow. We hope they will then be able to join in with the school day having their emotional needs met.

We are also happy to share things that may help parents at home.

Do come and see us if this is something you think may help your family.


Our school day always starts with an emotions check in, this is where anything that the child may be worried about can be shared and support put in place straight away.

Children enjoy a well-supported lunch time outdoors but there are also opportunities for them to access the Calm courtyard or an indoor games club, this may be just to support them if they need it.


Our door is open for any support or advice you may need.

Here at Arboretum, we know that emotional stability is the key to opening up the world of education.




Here is a list of lovely books you might want to use to share your child’s worries with you:

The Huge Bag of Worries – Virginia Ironside

The Colour Monster - Anna Lllenas

Everybody Worries – Jon Burgerman

The Princess and the Frog – Lloyd Jones

The Very Hungry Worry Monsters – Rosie Greening

Ruby’s Worry – Tom Percival



Here is a list of activities you might want to try to help you and your child when feeling worried or anxious:

Mindful colouring: always great to reduce stress

Reading a book: get all cosy and have a read

Go for a walk: no matter what the weather....fresh air is really good for you!

Take a bath or shower: wash away the worries

Put your favourite song on - have a sing and dance, this never fails to make you feel good



Here are some websites that you may find useful:

Organisations that offer support


Here are some organisations which can provide support with different aspects of mental health and wellbeing:

Who are they  


What can they offer  

Where Are they based 

How can I contact them.  

Bridge the Gap 


Bridge the gap are  non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the mental health of children, parents and teachers in Derby City and beyond. Specialists in emotional development and supporting children's mental health. 



FREE support sessions, low cost resources, courses and workshops. One-to-one consultations, coaching and support (either face to face or online) for children of all ages. Support for tantrums, issues with school, friendships, social media, pressure to achieve, striving for perfection and exams and tests. Fun and creative parent and child emotional health sessions on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings to explore and develop an understanding of different emotions, including anxiety, whilst creating, crafting and exploring short and long-term coping strategies. Help with conversations about emotional health and ideas on building self-esteem and emotional resilience. 




Office 6  

College Business Centre, Uttoxeter New Road, Derby, DE22 3WZ 



Email: Phone: 01332 869417 Facebook: @jwbridgethegap   





Their ambition is simple: to create a world where our children are emotionally resilient, with the tools to successfully steer through modern life. 




Information, advice and downloads on various issues and topics such as social media, body image, the future and more. Bespoke one-to-one sessions, mentoring and coaching for anyone under 26. Specialist school counselling and creative therapy to help build confidence, self-esteem and resilience. Workshops, presentations, training, talks and programmes 


Allestree, Derby  


Toton, Nottingham 




Phone: 07967 753778  


Facebook: @dragonflyimpact 








Often children can feel happier talking to someone they don't know about their worries, ChildLine is a safe place for them to do so. 



Help and advice for 18s and under. FREE, private and confidential service where children and young people can talk about anything. Whatever their worry, whenever they need help, children can chat with a counsellor either online or over the phone. Calm Zone- great ideas on how to let go of stress including breathing exercises and yoga videos. 







Weston House, 42  


Curtain Road, London,  





On the phone  

Or online 


0800 1111 



Build Sound Minds/ Action for Children 


A campaign to build better mental and emotional wellbeing in young people. We share resources and guidance for parents, from Action for Children’s mental health services team. 





Early intervention for children and young people aged 0-17 years. Help with phobias, self-harm, bereavement, bullying, anger management, anxiety, depression, family difficulties, adjustment and emotional and behavioural issues. Specialist support provided using a team of child psychologists, educational psychologists, family support workers and psychotherapists. 




Revive Healthy Living Centre, 23 Roe Farm Lane, Chaddesden, Derby, DE21 6ET 





Referrals made via school or parents Email:

hone: 01332 679379 Website: 





An online counselling and emotional well-being platform accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of need. 

Free online mental health and wellbeing support for parents and carers of young people under the age of 18. Access to accredited counselling support, peer support via online forums and relevant articles detailing a variety of topics. Links and pathways to traditional and specialist face-to-face services in the community 



 Citibase Manchester, Salford Quays 2nd floor, The Junction, Merchants Quay, Salford, M50 3SG 




Out of hours support Mon-Fri 12pm-10pm, Sat/Sun 6pm-10pm 




UK’s leading mental health and wellbeing platform. On Kooth you can…chat to friendly counsellors, read articles written by young people and get support from the Kooth community. 





Free, safe, anonymous online counselling and support for young people (11-19 years) Access to Kooth's counselling team as a 'drop in service' (as and when required), or weekly, structured sessions can be booked with a named therapist. Peer-To-Peer moderated forums, an online magazine, and a range of self-help too 



 Citibase Manchester,  


Salford Quays 2nd floor, The Junction, Merchants Quay, Salford,  

M50 3SG 





Out of hours support Mon-Fri 12pm-10pm, Sat/Sun 6pm-10pm 



Safe and reliable advice about young people’s mental health, created by experts and parents together. 

Completely free, completely open access, online education, available on tablets, phone or computers to help adults to support well-being and identify, understand and support children and young people. Advice and tips on topics such as anger and aggression, sleep difficulties, bullying, feelings and emotions and family relationship problems 

NHS Health Education England