Children's Mental Health

At Eldene Nursery and Primary School we take mental health very seriously and we are keen to raise awareness of this topic. The mental health lead at our school is Mrs Fry. 



Childrens Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy

Below are resources to support children and families who are feeling they have challenges with their mental health and wellbeing.

We would advise you to look through the links below in the first instance. If you are unable to find what you need, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Fry on 01793 525908.

Holiday activities and food programme

Swindon Local Offer



Harmless NHS


Minded for families

Young Minds

Every mind matters

Every mind matters -children's mental health

Child Bereavement UK

NSPCC Children's mental health

Mentally healthy schools


Nip in the bud

LIFT Psychology Swindon


 Advice if your child is upset by a news story

We all feel it - advice for children from Childline

Sleep flyer

Sleep flyer 2

Helpline poster

Parenting advice from our child mental health experts

Free Mental Health Service for Children and Young People

Mindler - digital therapy provider


We have 2 Emotional Literacy Support Assistants in school- (ELSA) 

        Mr Davis                     Mrs Bushell                   Mrs Gray                        



Hello, My name is Mrs Gray and I'm an ELSA here at school. I’m afraid I don’t have a magical ability to create and manipulate ice and snow, but I do have time to listen to you and offer you emotional support. Together we can work on how to make you think about your personal circumstances that may be affecting your learning at school. I can tailor games and activities within our session which will help you learn new skills and coping strategies.

My name is Sharon Bushell, and I am one of four ELSAs at Eldene. In a safe nurturing space, we can work through any barriers to learning you may have and help you to find solutions. We might work on emotions, self-esteem, friendship issues, bereavement or can just provide a friendly face and a listening ear.  In our sessions we use play, art, crafts, stories, and games to explore our feelings and support you to find coping strategies and gain confidence.  We value the wellbeing of every child in Eldene, and I am honoured to be part of the team concerned with the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils. 

What is an ELSA?  How can they help?

What is an Elsa?



Our Children's Mental Health link Governor is Mrs Bushell