Abbeywood Community School

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing for Parents

Concerns about children and young people’s mental health are well documented and the information within this page will signpost you to organisations locally and nationally that can support you. It is also important to consider our own mental health as adults. Around one in four adults in England will have at least one common mental health condition with women more likely to experience common conditions than men. Only around a quarter of those with a common mental health condition receive treatment for their condition.

It is thought about one third of all children and young people live with a parent with mental ill-health, around 7% of which live in lone-parent households. For some, the presence of mental ill-health may have little or no impact on the day to day parenting that they receive, with the child / young person remaining safe and feeling loved and valued. For others however the impact may be more significant, meaning that the child / young person requires help and support to understand what is going on and reduce the impact on their health and development.

It can be hard to talk to about mental health but it’s important to try. Talking to a friend, a family member, your GP or come and talk to someone in school you trust.


Mental Health and Wellbeing for our Students

At Abbeywood Community School and across Olympus Trust we are proactive in empowering young people to develop positive mental health and wellbeing. In school we use the Thrive approach as part of our ongoing work.  Students in year 9 and above, are encouraged to use the Thrive App which they can download to their mobile phones.

Thrive Mental Wellbeing - Mental Health Services

Anna Frued is a fantastic organisation where parents and carers can find a wealth of information and guidance on mental health and wellbeing support.

They have an instant AFC Crisis messenger service, which we recommend to our students.

Dealing with Anxiety

YoungMinds | Mental Health Charity For Children And Young People | YoungMinds


Off The Record (OTR) work closely with the Abbeywood SEMH Wellbeing Hub team, running pop up events to inform students about their work and supporting therapies in school.

We also recommend Kooth, an app that students can use to support tehri mental health and wellbeing.

The Thrive app:

PAPYRUS Young suicide prevention society

Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays).