Primary School

Learning and Growing Together

Mental Health Awareness


Samaritans- 24/7 helpline 116123

Calm-Men's Helpline 5pm-Midnight 0800585858

SHOUT- 24/7 text crisis line-Text Shout to 85258 

Papyrus helpline- Young Peoples support (under aged 35) 0800 0684141

Hopeline 247- Suicide prevention support- 24 hours 7 days a week- 08000684141


Gaming and Gambling support 

Young People Support Services-  02030926964 

YGAM website link for the Parent Hub  

National Gaming Clinic and Gambling Clinic-  02073817722 



At Thursby School we put children at the heart of everything we do. This goes beyond academic and learning, we work tirelessly to support all aspects of a child's life. We recognise that some children may require additional support to maintain positive mental health in different aspects. This can include anything from feeling anxious, showing anxiety in various forms, struggling with self esteem and confidence, anger issues, social issues and social anxiety and perfectionism. We also recognise this can be short or long term, can be developed slowly over time or quickly and can be based on trauma eg bereavement. 


We are here to support your child. We are here to listen to parents concerns, children's concerns and struggles and work together to support both the child and the parents during some difficult times. 


For bereavement and grief please view our separate section on the school website for advice and support information. 


For some children, they may require some additional mental health support at school, for those with mild signs. In 2022-23 we have a trained Teaching Assistant with ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) This is Mrs Z Warwick. We will continue to offer 1:1, paired or small group sessions where required and with parent consent.  This can support friendships, mild anxiety, engagement in learning, managing different social situations and any other pastoral needs. We support this by undertaking a pre-intervention assessment and then a post-intervention assessment which highlights the strengths and needs to support wellbeing goals.  We use Anna Freud wellbeing toolkit assessment which is nationally recognised and we utilise an engagement questionnaire to support access to learning. 


If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's mental health please catch Mrs Williams at any time for a chat to see how we can support you.  Mrs Williams holds Level 7 Social Emotional and Mental Health qualification along with various other mental health certifications. 

From 20th September 2022 Mrs Jayne Williams has undertaken training on suicide awareness and holds the ORANGE BUTTON to support families. From 5th October 2022 Mrs WIlliams has undertaken 9 hours worth of training on suicide awareness for children and young people through ASK programme with Cumbria County Council. 


The Orange Button Community Scheme is a way of identifying people that have undertaken suicide prevention training. That they have the confidence to talk to others about suicide. It is a way of showing others in your community who are having thoughts of suicide, or are worried about somebody else, that you are:

  • Comfortable to say/hear the word suicide
  • Can listen without judgement
  • Can inform people where to find help and support


From World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 we want to begin creating a community of Orange Button wearers across Lancashire & Cumbria. A community who wish to challenge the stigma around the word suicide. A community that can listen non-judgementally and be a first step to helping move people towards the information and support they need. It is not a substitute for counselling, mental health support or crisis service. It is a community scheme made up of members of the public. It is about listening, information giving and signposting.

KOOTH Support for Parents

We are profoundly aware that our suicide rates in our county remain stubbornly high – we need to be all working together on this. So an opportunity for people to learn new lifesaving skills or refresh your skills and knowledge.

For dates and to book places on any of the courses go to:

Every Life Matters Events | Eventbrite

Suicide Alertness:


This half day training session is aimed at anyone who wants to understand more about suicide, how to know when someone may be having thoughts of suicide, how to talk directly and comfortably about suicide, and what we can all do to offer practical support.


Completion of the training will  qualify individuals for the Orange Button scheme


Available online and also Face to Face sessions – keep an eye out for new F2F dates being added to eventbrite


Funded in part from Lancs and South Cumbria ICB.

Suicide Awareness


A brief overview of why we need to be talking about suicide and how we need to be talking about suicide. Suitable for anyone who wants to know more


Supporting Children’s Mental Health


This hour long session provides an insight into Mental Health, Self Harm and Suicide it is designed as an introduction for parents and carers or anyone who works with young people.The session aims for participants to:

  • What do we mean by mental health?
  • Myths and facts about mental health, self-harm and suicide
  • Tips on talking to young people
  • What support and resources are available to help?

These sessions are funded in part by Lancs and South Cumbria ICB

Self Harm Alertness


This three hour online training session covers:

  • Be aware of the local and national context in relation to  self harm 
  • Understand the many and varied reasons for someone self harming 
  • Understand how our own and societal attitudes matter
  • Consider the relationship between self harm and suicide  
  • Look at how we can work supportively and practically with an individual who is self harming
  • Understand the role of harm minimisation in an individual’s recovery 
  • Be aware of the need to focus on the individual as whole not just their self harming behaviour
  • Be aware of resources and support available

This is also an orange button training: