St George's Primary School Portland

Mental Health and Wellbeing


At St George's we are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils, their parents and carers, our staff and the wider community. We promote a culture of positive mental health and teach our pupils to understand and how to help to their mental health and wellbeing. 

Mrs Bowman is the Senior Mental Health Lead. Please contact her if you have any worries or concerns regarding your child's mental health and wellbeing. In addition, if you are worried about your own wellbeing, Mrs Bowman can help you too. 

In school we have three members of staff who are ELSA trained - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. They worked with pupils individually to support their emotional wellbeing. Our ELSAs are Mrs Barnes, Mrs Wills and Mrs Souster. 

We work closely with the Mental Health in Schools Team, MHST. They work with pupils individually, deliver assemblies or workshops and provide regular training for our staff. If you would like to find out more about the MHST, please click here.


Other useful websites

For children and young people:

The Drop In Portland - Founded in 2001, The Drop In Portland was established in order to provide Portland's young people an environment in which they can reach their fullest potential. They offer weekly sessions for 8-11 year olds.

Young Minds - Mental health and wellbeing advice and support for children and young people

Kooth - Online counselling and moderated forums by qualified and registered health professionals for children and young people

Shout - Text messaging service for young people to access support for their Mental Health

MindJam - Through online 1-to-1 sessions, MindJam provides mentorship and guidance to young people to support their emotional needs and SEN identity through positive, non-judgemental and low-demand sessions

Mosaic Family Support - Bereavement support for children and young people


For parents and carers:

Steps2Wellbeing - Support for parents and carers who may be struggling with their mental health and wellbeing

ParentLine - Confidential texting service for parents and carers with a member of the School Nursing Team

Samaritans - Help and support for all

Every Child Matters - Useful tips and information on how to support your child's mental health