St James' C of E Primary School, Blackburn

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

St James’ is passionate about making a difference to the lives of our school community. Whatever issues our students, their families, the staff, or the community face, we will always offer support

“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.”  World Health Organisation, 2018

What supporting Positive Mental Health means to us:

  • The child stays at the centre of every conversation and the wellbeing, resilience and mental health of children, staff and families is kept high priority.
  • We prioritise those who need our help most, but we promote positive mental health with everyone.
  • We embedded social, emotional and mental health awareness across the curriculum
  • Children are taught skills to build resilience and manage everyday stressors
  • We have a highly trained Pastoral Team who lead on evidence-based practice for all our interventions.

School asks Parents/Carers to share mental/emotional health and wellbeing difficulties or needs that may be impacting upon the pupil/family.  School staff can then offer support and signpost to your family to appropriate services.

Please contact school and ask to speak to V Moore DSL SEMH lead, or S Rehman DSL Pastoral Lead.



Local support available:



Contact details


Healthy Young Minds

Access to mental health support for children, young people, parents and carers.

Lancashire Care Foundation Trust

Telephone Help Line: 0800 915 4640


Text Service: Text Hello to 07860 022846 (Availability: 24 hours a day, every day of the year)

A wellbeing, mental health helpline and texting service offering help, advice, mental health assessments, referrals and access to the Trust’s wider mental health services, including home treatment.

Lancashire Mind

Local mental health charity.




Wider support available:



Contact details


Action for Children

Charity supporting children, young people and their families across England.

Anxiety UK

03444 775 774 (helpline)

Advice and support for people living with anxiety.


0808 801 0711 (youthline)

Under 18s helpline, web chat and online support groups for people with eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia.


0800 1111

Support for children and young people in the UK, including a free 24-hour helpline.

Hope Again

0808 808 1677

Support for young people when someone dies.

Hub of Hope

A national database of mental health charities and organisations from across Britain who offer mental health advice and support.


Counsellors available until 10pm every day.

Free, safe and anonymous online counselling for young people. Check whether this is offered in your area.


0808 808 1111

Information and advice for people with a learning disability, families and carers.

National Society for the Prevention of

Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

0800 1111 (18 or under)

Support for children and anyone worried about a child.

On My Mind

Information for young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing.


0808 200 0247

Help and support for young people affected by domestic violence.

Rethink Mental Illness

0300 5000 927

Provides support and information for anyone affected by mental health problems, including local support groups.


116 123

08457 90 90 90

Someone to talk to directly, 24 hours a day.


Charity working for people in housing need by providing free, independent, expert housing



0808 802 5544 (parents’ helpline)

85258 (crisis messenger service, text YM)

Committed to improving the mental health of babies, children and young people, including support for parents and carers.


St James' C of E Primary School Earl Street, Blackburn BB1 8EG
Headteacher Mr D Stitcher
SENDCo J. Cameron (KS1&KS2)
R. Limbada (EYFS)
Enquiries should be addressed to Miss R Heyworth.
Telephone 01254 698335
Office Hours Monday to Friday 7:45am to 4:00pm