The King's (The Cathedral) School


Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health

Mental Health and Wellbeing

We are sure that you have read or heard about the growing concerns regarding the mental health and wellbeing of both children and adults. According to the World Health Organisation, “Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stress of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”. We know the importance of mental health and wellbeing and the adverse effects that poor mental health and wellbeing can have on social interaction, self-confidence and academic progress. At The King’s (The Cathedral) School we are committed to promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing to all pupils, their families and members of staff and governors. Our open culture allows pupils’ voices to be heard, and through the use of effective policies and procedures we ensure a safe and supportive environment for all affected - both directly and indirectly.

Our Commitments

  • The King’s School is committed to promoting and protecting emotional wellbeing and mental health;
  • The King’s School has a clear vision and strategy for promoting and protecting emotional wellbeing and mental health, which is communicated to all involved within our School;
  • The King’s School has a positive culture which regards emotional wellbeing and mental health as the responsibility of all;
  • The King’s School actively promotes staff emotional wellbeing and mental health;
  • The King’s School prioritises professional learning and staff development on emotional wellbeing and mental health;
  • The King’s School understands the different types of emotional and mental health needs across the School and has systems in place to respond appropriately;
  • The King’s School actively seeks the ongoing participation of the whole-school community in its approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health;
  • The King’s School works in partnerships with other schools, agencies and available specialist services to support emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Current Information regarding the Situation in Ukraine

Supporting your child if they see upsetting content online about what is happening in Ukraine (Childnet)

We should not hide from children what is happening in Ukraine (Schools Week/Children's Commissioner)

How to talk to children about what’s happening in Ukraine and World War Three anxiety (Metro)

Help for teachers and families to talk to pupils about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and how to help them avoid misinformation (Department for Education)

Information produced previously about War and International Violence

How and when to talk to children about war, according to a parenting expert (Independent)

How to cope with traumatic news - an illustrated guide (ABC News, Australia)

Talking with Children About War and Violence in the World (Family Education, USA)

Tips for parents and caregivers on media coverage of traumatic events (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, USA)

Mental Health Websites 

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust 'Guide to Rough Times'

Centre 33 - Here to Help You

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

Family Lives - Building Resilience in Children and Teens

Get Self Help - Emergency Kit

GOV.UK Mental Health Resources for Schools

H.A.Y. Peterborough - discover and get involved in activities that promote positive mental wellbeing, which are currently going on in the city

HeartSmart - free family resource kit that children and parents can access online. There are lots of purpose-filled Key Stage 1 & 2 Personal, Social & Health Education activities, supported with resources, for nurturing strength and wellbeing

The Kite Trust - confidential service working with young people up to the age of 25 years, who need support with their gender identity or sexuality. They support young people who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, through one-to-one sessions, youth groups, podcasts, parental support, training and much more. Email


Mental Health First Aid England

NSPCC Resources

Alcohol, Drugs and Parenting

Children & Young People's Mental Health

Guide for Working From Home with Children

Helping Your Child Cope with Your Divorce or Separation

How to Cope with Tantrums

Talk PANTS & Join Pantosaurus - The Underwear Rule

Talking about Difficult Topics

Talking to Children about Racism

Self-Injury Support

The Sleep Charity & National Sleep Helpline - Quality sleep is essential for children’s growth and development. A decent night’s sleep will help them to do better at school, allow them to react more quickly to situations, have a more developed memory, learn more effectively and solve problems, plus it will make them less susceptible to colds and other minor ailments, less irritable and better behaved! They also offer help with sleep issues via a helpline.

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Video - The Mental Health & Emotional Welbeing of Young People - Vanessa Brown, 25 March 2021
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