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Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing


The World Health Organization (WHO) definition of mental health is:

'A state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

Mental health is fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life. On this basis, the promotion, protection and restoration of mental health can be regarded as a vital concern of individuals, communities and societies throughout the world.'


At The Hall School we promote positive mental health in a variety of ways. This includes the knowledge and learning within our curriculum alongside our assembly programme, our extra-curricular activities and curriculum enrichment. It is also achieved via positive relationships between adults and children and between the children. Please do talk to us if you have any concerns about your child's mental health. We aim to support children in a variety of ways if they extra help. Working in partnership with parents and carers is essential. Where necessary, we involve outside agencies and professionals.  

There are links below for further resources.

Mental Health and Getting Support

If you are concerned about your own mental health – don’t delay, self-refer today.

Health experts in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are encouraging local people to seek mental health support if they have been left feeling anxious, stressed or depressed by COVID-19 and the impact of lockdown.

The Let’s Talk - Wellbeing service offers a range of talking therapies for common mental health problems including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma and stress. The support available includes one to one sessions via telephone or video conferencing with a therapist, online support through the dedicated digital platform Silvercloud which can be used at any time on any device, and online videos and interactive webinars covering different topics such as stress control, anxiety management and self-care.

The service now also has one phone number to cover the City, County and Rutland making referrals even easier. Open the document below to access the phone number you can call.


NHS wellbeing support line

Supporting children with anxiety: a toolkit for parents

Separation anxiety: tips for parents

Please also see the attached advice from the Young Minds charity to support parents with their children.

Young Minds charity - advice for parents

Support for Children


Some children may feel worried or anxious at different points in their life about what is happening and any changes that they are dealing with. Childline have produced some resources specifically for children who are feeling worried, anxious or sad.

Mental health support online for children

Books for Children

There are several books that have been produced,  that explain what coronavirus is in a child appropriate manner. There are a few examples of stories attached below for parents to choose from.


The first one is illustrated by Axel Scheffler (of The Gruffalo) and is a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist. The book answers key questions in simple language and is appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds.


Dave the Dog - coronavirus explained for younger children

During these times we need to stand together as one community, support each other and support those who are helping people who need it the most.

Reading Well Scheme. The Leicestershire library service has a selection of books to support wellbeing.

Supporting Children with Bereavement and Loss - Leicestershire Educational Psychology Service