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 or email

Talking Mental Health is an animation designed to help begin conversations about mental health in the classroom and beyond.

Talking Mental Health 

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.

Support during the Coronavirus pandemic


Free e-book to support parents and children about worries.

Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus.

Dr Ranj explains Coronavirus in child friendly terms.

Dr Ranj explains Coronavirus

Why we stay at home- Suzie learns about Coronavirus. 

Why we stay at home 

While we can’t Hug

While we can't hug animation

Adult support and information about Coronavirus


Latest advice and updates from Colchester Borough Council


Latest advice and information from Essex County Council


Adult Mental health and Living Well Essex

Mental Health Support for your children


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

NHS Mental Health Support Apps


Below is a link to a huge range of apps that can support the health and well-being of the whole family. Once on the website you can filter them to suit your needs and download them on to a phone or tablet. 


NHS Health and Well-being apps

Top tips for parents and carers


Supporting somebody with anxiety


Healthy Sleep Tips


Supporting somebody with depression


Supporting children through divorce


Getting support for domestic violence


Bereavement support

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