Mental Health and Wellbeing Leaders - Mrs Howlett and Miss Davies


Mental Health & Well-Being

At St Michael’s Primary School and Nursery we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, families and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.  

 At our school we:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better                             
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count
  • encourage children to be confident and their best, unique self
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks


If you feel your child needs extra well-being or mental health support, or would like advice please contact Mrs Howlett either through Class Dojo, email  or ring the school directly on 01206 546412, alternatively you can contact our Family Support Officer, Vicki Davies at

There are times when we all feel the strain. As parents and carers, there are ways we can support children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy. Please watch the video below that explains how we all have mental health.


'Top tips to support young people and children' 

Click on the link below.  


Click on the link below to see the services available to support children in Essex, some services accept parent and self referrals whilst others require the school to make them.



Mental Health Support for families


Southend, Essex and Thurrock Children's and Adolescent's Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS)

Who are we?

The Southend, Essex and Thurrock Children's and Adolescent's Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS) provides advice and support to children, young people and families who are in need of support with their emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties.

The service covers Southend, Essex and Thurrock and is open to young people between the ages of 0-18, or up to 25 for those with special educational needs.

Any child or young person experiencing mental health difficulties as well as any parent, guardian or professional can access the service for help and guidance.

There are lots of ways to access the service.

  • A child or young person can contact us directly

  • Any parent/guardian or professional such as a teacher, school nurse or GP can contact us on the behalf of the young person


Below is the link for more information on the support available to families from SET CAMHS.


You can also contact SET CAMHS on their new number 0800 953 0222


You can find practical tips to support children's wellbeing and behaviour



Family Innovation Fund-Xtra


The services are aimed at helping young people and families who are not already receiving specialist or statutory support. They can be accessed directly by families, through referral from a professional such as a teacher, via the Essex Welfare Service, the Getting Help in Essex Directory, or by calling one of the organisations themselves.

ECC is working with the voluntary sector and community partners who will deliver the services locally so that families receive help when and where they need it most.

To receive support via the Family Innovation Fund-Xtra service, young people and their families can contact one of the organisations listed below, depending on their needs.




Please find below a list of support services available to offer advice and resources for families.


MindEd for Families


Every Mind Matters




Place2Be Youth Mental Health Support


NSPCC Mental Health Support


Essex Child and Family Wellbeing




Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families


Breathe and relax…


Breathing activities can help us to find peace and calm, you can do these activities as a family or alone. 


Be the pond


Rainbow breathing


Belly breathing


Bubble breathing


Mindfulness Music to help you relax


Mindfulness activities for children


Emotional literacy support


Brain Break Video