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Are you worried about a child's mental health?

In the UK today, an estimated five children in every classroom have a mental health problem. (

What is Mental Ill-Health?

Mental ill-health can manifest in many different ways. A child could present with sadness, anger, low appetite, tired, emotional or just behaving differently or unusually. Changing mood is part of growing up and is perfectly normal however if a child is not bouncing back from these changing moods or you have concerns, please speak with someone.

If you are concerned about the mental health of a child please contact the school for advice.

What is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)?

CAMHS is an NHS service that supports children with serious mental health related issues. A CAMHS referral can be made by the school or via your GP. 

What support is there for my child’s mental health?

Further support and advice can be found on the following websites:


This is a free text support helpline for all ages so it is relevant for young people and parents.


Supporting positive mental health in teenagers

Young Minds 

The UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.

Dorset Mind Your Head 

Supporting young people’s wellbeing in Dorset.

Keep Your Head 

Keep Your Head brings together reliable information on mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults.

Dorset MIND 

Useful for signposting and self care tips.

CAMHS resources


Downloadable self-help guides that we hope may be useful to you.

Headspace app or online 

Mindfulness for your everyday life.

Stress less. Move more. Sleep soundly.

NHS Website

Website for the NHS campaign 'Better Health: Every Mind Matters'.


Advice from the NSPCC on 'Depression, Anxiety and Mental Health' and 'Self-Harm'.


Information from a charity dedicated to improving children's mental health.


Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people