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St James

Primary School

Where children shoot for the stars and shine

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing plays a vital role in education and impacts on our pupils learning. Here at St James Primary School we are committed to developing and safeguarding pupils emotional wellbeing and good health.


Wellbeing Programmes at St James 


We have put together four programmes to support our children. 


The programmes are as follows:


The Friendship Feeling. This focuses on friendship, social skills and team work.


Keeping Your Cool. This looks at feelings, getting angry and strategies to deal with frustration and anger.


The Chill Out Club. This programme discusses stress and anxiety. It looks at ways to relax and keep calm.


The Feel Good Group. These sessions look at confidence, believing in yourself and building up self- esteem.


These programmes are run by Mrs Reay or a member of the wellbeing team. No bubbles will be mixed and staff will work with the class they are based in. Each lesson will last between 30 to 45 minutes.

Time2Talk - Part of St James’ Wellbeing Programme


Starting from October 19th each class will have a dedicated 'talk' session. This will be held at lunchtime in the Wellbeing Hub. Children can choose to sign up to talk to an adult,on a 1:1 basis, about anything that is worrying them or making them feel anxious. 

Parent Time2Talk with Mr Cook

Talking Mental Health

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

What are the 5 Ways to Wellbeing?

At St James we want to promote 5 ways to keep us mentally healthy. This will help us deal with the changes COVID is bringing. Some Rochdale teenagers were asked to work with an animation company and make this short film below about what the 5 ways wellbeing meant to them. Have a watch!

Makaton Movers for World Mental Health Day

These signs were shared to support mental health awareness day.

You can find more information and resources on local and national help available to you below. Please feel free to contact Mrs Reay or Mr Cook should you require signposting to support that may not be mentioned below.


Local Help

Your GP They will be able to provide help and advice. Your GP can also provide access to appropriate specialist services and local organisations.

Call 111 You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

NHS mental health services Find local mental health services on the NHS website.


National Help

Childline Free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday.

0800 1111


Mind – Infoline Offers advice and support to service users; has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help. This has an excellent Coronavirus hub section to support your child. 

0300 123 3393, text number: 86463


Supportline  Confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.

01708 765200


The Samaritans  The Samaritans provide a confidential service for people in despair and who feel suicidal.

116 123


NSPCC  Provides helplines and information on child abuse, child protection and safeguarding children.

0808 800 5000


Young Minds  Young Minds has a Parent Helpline that offers free confidential telephone and email support to any adult worried about the wellbeing of a child or young person. There are also tips, advice and where to get support for your child's mental health during the coronavirus

0808 802 5544


Helplines partnership

Provides a comprehensive list of mental health helplines in the UK.


Mental Health Foundation This website offers a wide range of information about mental health issues.


Shout Shout 85258 is the UK's first free, confidential, 24/7 text support service. It's a place to go if you're struggling to cope and need mental health support.