Mental Health and Well-Being

There is always someone to talk to

Anti Bullying support for educations settings in Hertfordshire V2.pdf

Talking to someone could be the start of you feeling better. Find local specialist help using the website below:

Early Help form Hertfordshire CAHMS services

Introducing The Sandbox: New online mental health digital advice and guidance for 10-25s

The Sandbox is an NHS funded service to support children and young people in Hertfordshire with their mental health and wellbeing. This new free service launches on 1st April 2023 and offers a website, with access to games, worksheets, group chats and online events for children, young people, their parents/carers, teachers and other professionals. 

The Sandbox provides access to internet enabled Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT), or one to one support from professional therapists by text, phone, online chat or video call, based on a triage of the young person’s needs: 

● Website: 24/7 

● Therapy sessions: 7am-10pm Mondays-Fridays and 10am-10pm Saturdays and Sundays 

● Live Chat: 10am-8pm Mondays-Fridays Signing up is easy and doesn’t require a referral from a professional

Visit The Sandbox website here:

Early Help toolkit.docx
Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy.pdf


Wellbeing is about our thoughts, feelings, emotions and ability to react to life. A good sense of wellbeing is feeling ok and able to cope, even when life or situations are challenging.

Sometimes our wellbeing is affected by things out of our control: illness, a stressful family situation or crisis.

When our wellbeing is affected and we don’t feel able to cope, this can lead to mental health concerns: sadness, depression and unhelpful thoughts that can stop us from enjoying and coping with daily life.


Mental health Illness

Sometimes, people are born with a mental health illness which affects them throughout their lives. They might have different ways of being supported and coping with their mental health illness; they might take a medicine or they might have a doctor or counsellor that they talk to, to help them cope and regain a sense of wellbeing.


Mental illness is often invisible, but that doesn’t mean it should be hidden. Statistics tell us that most people suffer from a mental health concern at some point in their lives and that one in ten young people struggle with their mental health. People with any illnesses, whether they affect our mental or physical health, deserve support, help and understanding.


Breaking the stigma

Understanding and responding to our mental health and wellbeing needs is something we believe in at Ashbrook Junior School. We aim to take away the stigma and negativity and help our pupils and families to talk openly.


In this section of our website, we hope to share our activities and learning in school, as well as helpful advice, websites and contacts. If you would like to see anything added to this site, or to speak more about wellbeing and mental health, please contact our Mental Health Lead, Miss.Griffiths.

Here are some websites designed specifically for children and young adults. 

A website for children and young people. There are different sections offering information and advice on signs and symptoms, seeking help and looking after yourself. Some handy advice for parents too.

The following websites have been vetted and approved by the NHS.  We recommend that parents always look at and test out apps and games for themselves before introducing their children to them:

Aimed at 8 - 12 year olds. This app helps children to understand their feelings and challenge negative thinking. Four positive penguins take children on a journey to help them better understand the relationship between what they think and what they feel.

This app was developed by GPs and Year 6 children in the Wakefield NHS Trust. It aims to teach 8 - 12 year olds how to make healthy choices for their mind and body. It uses a game where children are given a pet dragon to look after to build confidence and educate children about issues such as mental health and bullying.

This app is designed to help young people improve their coping skills.

An e-storybook for classroom and home use, which makes learning about micro-organisms, the spread, prevention and treatment of infection fun and accessible for all. 


Support information for Children and Young People 


Parents/ Carers Information


Further Training for school professionals 


More apps available on the NHS Approved Apps website


Additional Resources

Support Contacts

Mental health Week at St.Michael's 

In February 2020, our children and staff enjoyed having their mental wellness as the focus for the week’s learning: workshops were delivered by mental health professionals in Key Stage 2, all children learned about how to promote their mental wellbeing in lessons, Reception to Year 6 enjoyed a yoga session and all children participated in the Fit4Kids workshops. Children learned healthy ways to manage stress and who they can talk to if they feel worried about something.  Strategies like these are not only important for our children now but also as they grow and develop through their teenage years into adulthood.

Mental health week summary.doc