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Mental Health & Wellbeing

"At Emneth Academy, our staff are committed to supporting and promoting good mental health and wellbeing for all."

Mental Health Champions

Meet the team!

Jonathan Parrish (Mental Health Champion) Lindzi Morgan (Mental Health Champion)


Elaine Huntington (Mental Health 1st Aider) Louise Shanks (Mental Health 1st Aider)


What can I do if my child is worried about coming into school?


How can I encourage my child to eat healthily?


My child's mood is low more frequently, what can I do?


Is there any support for dealing with a bereavement?


We offer different levels of support:

Universal Support – To meet the needs of all our pupils through our school values and the lessons we teach. For instance, developing resilience and promoting enjoyment of the school curriculum offer.

Additional support – For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences, such as bereavement.

Targeted support – For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as drawing and talking, we are able to use one of two spaces: The Pod or the Nurture Room.


Useful Links - This is a fantastic website, containing a wealth of information for parents about their children. It includes everything from 'fussy eaters' to building children's resilience. We often refer to this website as our 'Bible'!! - This link will take you to a FREE parenting course named 'The Solihull Approach'. - Targeted support and resources for children and families tackling bereavement. - Support for families who have experienced, or are experiencing domestic abuse.


What is Thrive?

Thrive is a therapeutic approach to help support children with their emotional and social development.

The Thrive approach offers practical strategies and techniques and is built around online assessments which identify children’s emotional development and provides action plans for their individual needs.

Research has shown that how we behave is linked to how we feel and our emotions are linked to how we learn. By teaching children to recognise and notice these feelings and emotions it can help with their development and learning.

Children sometimes need some extra support with their emotional growth and this can be temporary or over a longer period of time.

Thrive promotes their emotional and social growth by building positive relationships between a child and their peers and helps them explore and understand their feelings through various activities.

Why might my child attend a Thrive session?

Many children experience difficulties during their time at school. These may include:

  • Difficulties with friendships.
  • Getting into trouble at playtime.
  • Finding it hard to settle in the classroom.
  • Finding it difficult to manage their strong feelings.
  • Not knowing who to turn to when feelings are too big to manage on their own.

These situations can lead to many different feelings which may seem overwhelming at times. They might include: anger, frustration, sadness, loneliness, confusion or anxiety.

All these feelings are very normal and happen to a lot of children. The Thrive sessions are to help children learn to manage their feelings and teach them strategies that will help promote their learning at school.

What will happen in a Thrive session?

The session may be on an individual basis or as part of a small group of children. During each session there will be an activity which may include:

  • Story telling
  • Circle games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Sand play
  • Movement and relaxation
  • Hand and foot massage
  • Cooking and preparing food
  • Role play and puppet work
  • Games

More information

For more information about the Thrive approach see the website:, read the information leaflet below or contact Miss Lindzi Morgan, our Thrive Practitioner at Emneth Academy.