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Mental Health and Wellbeing

We ALL want to feel well, both mentally and physically. But what feeling well means varies for each of us.  We all need different things in our lives to feel at our best.  

As author Milly Evans says, "When you break a limb, it's often fairly clear from an X-Ray how bad the break is.  But when you're feeling low, anxious or experiencing a flare-up of your mental health condition, it's harder to express or measure how bad it is" 

What is 'good' mental health?

 Good mental health doesn't mean that we feel perfectly happy all of the time or that we never have bad times. It just means that we may be able to cope better with those down times and perhaps understand where they might be coming from. 

Someone who has good mental health will likely be able to:

  • Feel, express and manage a range of emotions
  • Carry out everyday tasks
  • Participate in enjoyable activities
  • Create and maintain good mutually beneficial relationships with others

 So what might be poor Mental Health?

  • Changes over time; weeks as opposed to days where you may feel overwhelmed with daily life and it is noticeable that the way you think, feel and act is changing - not in a good way!
  • Withdrawing from the world and not wanting to participate in things you once enjoyed
  • Eating more or less than you would do usually
  • Sleeping more or less than you would do usually 
  • Feeling irritable, picking fights, tearful or worthless.

If you feel any of the above, please do what you would tell your best friend to do- Speak Up.  In the coming days, this webpage will be updated with more information on where to go to talk to someone to find advice and guidance.  

What would you tell your best friend to do again?  "Speak Up" so please practice what you might preach 

Children's Mental Health Week - Mondy 5th February - Friday 9th February 2024

Between Monday 6th February and Friday 10th February, Holy Family will shine the spotlight on the importance on Children's mental health. Please check back soon to find out more information about what activities the children have taken part in. 

How can I help and support my child's mental health?


1. Take your child seriously. If they don't feel listened to about the small things now, they may not come to you with the big things later

2. Ask open questions like, "How did your day go today?" rather than, closed questions like, "Was it a bad day or a good day?"

3. Come down to the child's level, kneeling if you have a little one.  Open and relaxed body language and a smile to make everything feel as relaxed as possible.

4. If you don't have time to talk at the time when your child is asking for you, leave them a little post it note giving them a time when you will be able to and try your very best to keep to that time.  They will be pleased that you have them In Mind and have not forgotten them. 

5. If your child displays big, dramatic emotions, try to be the opposite.  It is too easy for grown ups to copy or mimic what the child is doing but we should avoid being too surprised or shocked because they need us to be the safe people and be in control.

6. Make conversations about our feelings (i.e Mental Health) a normal and everyday part of life.  It's often so much easier to have a difficult chat in the car, out on a walk or cooking together because you're both busy with other things and are not looking at eachother directly in the eyes!

7. Give your FULL attention (be fully present) because we all know how horrid it is to feel half listened to.  Keep eye contact, focus on the child and ignore distractions as best you can.

8. Offer empathy rather than solutions.  When you are angry, worried or sad, we bet that you don't want answers or someone telling you what they would do in your shoes!  Listening sometimes means everything.

9. Remember that every child is different and whereas a Year 6 girl will tell you everything and MORE, a year 6 boy may prefer to shrug and then send you a text message or an email.  There are no right or wrong answers; the only right way is to show your child that you care, are there to listen and are happy to be patient for when they feel they may be able to share. 


 What help and support is available?

 There are a wide variety of support networks available that can offer support to children, parents and families

Domestic Violence/ Abuse

HOMETRUTHS provides support and information around Domestic Violence to both female and male survivors from the age of 16 within Swindon and Wiltshire

01793 617589


Swindon Women's Aid

01793 610610

SWA Domestic Abuse – Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service

National Domestic Abuse Helpline


0808 2000 247 – 24 hours per day

Drugs and Alcohol Support

Swindon’s Young People's Substance Misuse Service (U-Turn)

Phone: 01793 464662
Email: uturn@swindon.gov.uk
Web: U-turn Substance Misuse Service

Free-fone helpline

0800 970 4830

Turning Point (IMPACT)


01793 328150


 Mental Health Support


01793 432031

01793 547150


LIFT Psychology

01793 836836


Swindon LIFT Psychology :: Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (awp.nhs.uk)


Mediation Plus

01793 527285

General Counselling

OnTrak for 14 - 19 yr olds

01793 612969

Mental Health Practitioner

Via local Gp practice

Samaritans – A calm and safe way to talk through something which may be on your mind.

01793 537373 or 116123 (free)

5-18 Counselling - For children whose parents have separated

01793 527285


Cruse Bereavement Centre

01793 619933



Debt and Financial Support

Christians against poverty - CAP

0800 328 0006


Swindon Borough Council



 01793 445500

National debt line


0808 808 4000

Other Useful Nuumbers

Swindon Police domestic abuse unit

01793 507801

Swindon Women's refuge

01793 610610

SBC Housing needs team

01793 466903

Children and Families (Social Services)

01793 464646

Children and Families emergency duty desk

01793 436699

MALE - for male victims of Domestic Abuse

0845 064 6800


0800 1111

Victim support, Wiltshire

01380 738888

Broken rainbow Lesbian and Gay

 0300 999 5428

Elder abuse line

0808 808 8141

The Honor network - Honour based violence or forced marriage

0800 599 9247

Citizens Advice Bureau Swindon. To provide information and guidance for anyone with a problem that they may be facing.


08082787813 or 03444994114


Campaign against living miserably – CALM  Taking a stand against suicide