Mental health and Well-being At Mexborough St John's

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” – Albus Dumbledore


Hear at Mexborough St John's we work to promote positive mental health and well-being for all of our school community. This page will give you lots of information about what we do.

What is Mental Health?

Meet our Mental Health and Well-being team:

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Mrs J Salmons

Mental Health First Aider 

Accredited and registered i-act manager and the schools senior Mental Health lead

Mrs L Loftus

Mental Health First Aider and Thrive trained practitioner 

Miss A Mapplebeck 

Y1 teacher, PSHE leader and Health School champion

Mrs M Peplow 


What does the team do?

They promote positive health and wellbeing for pupils and staff by making sure that the school environment is happy, positive, caring and supportive. They have developed  policies and procedures are to bring about positive change and their regular strategic meetings focus on promoting and improving the targeted areas of:

  • leadership and strategy;

  • organisation, structure and culture;

  • signposting support for pupils and staff;

  • working with parents and carers;

  • professional development and learning; 

  • liaising with external agencies.

Mrs E Evans

Y1 Support and Thrive trained practitioner 

Mrs D Riley

Y4 teacher and SEND leader

Mr A Minor 


Our commitments:

Specific school support for pupils:

  • Children are aware that there are staff members available to talk to if they are feeling overwhelmed or anxious about anything.

  • At risk pupils identified for post and pre-register check-in with Thrive trained staff.

  • Focused school based intervention in the classroom.

  • Pastoral support and individual pastoral programmes.

  • Use of THRIVE resources on an individual basis.

  • Specialist school based therapeutic interventions to focus on individual needs and/or small group needs with a THRIVE trained practitioner.

  • Mind counselling.

  • Multiagency support for identified pupils.


Useful Links

Good physical health requires good mental health. Below, you will find a list of useful links that may be used to support this.


For parents and children

MindEd for Families

An online learning portal covering a huge range of mental health issues written for and with parents and carers in mind – a great resource.

Young MindsThe UKs leading child and adolescent mental health charity.  The info for parents is especially good and their subsite HeadMeds which explains medication for mental illness in terms that are accessible and relevant to young people is excellent. 

What is Anxiety? | Symptoms of Anxiety & Getting Help | YoungMinds 


Supporting A Child With Anxiety | Tips & Advice | YoungMinds


On My Mind

A website about mental health aimed at and co-developed with young people which includes:

  • Youth Wellbeing Directory:  Since April, the directory has seen a 7- fold increase in visitors to the site since relaunch in April.

  • Jargon Buster: To help young people understand medical terms in simple language

  • Receiving Support:  Videos & Q&As about what a young person can expect when working with a service

  • Understanding Referrals:  Videos & Q&As about the referrals process

  • Helping Someone Else: Top tips and advice from young people about how to help a friend or family member

  • Know Your Rights:  Allows young people to feel empowered a to make informed choices

For Staff

Hub of Hope

A website that allows you to enter your postcode and gives you all the local mental health services/counselling services.


Education Support Partnership

The UK's only charity providing mental health and wellbeing support services to all education staff and organisations.

Heads Together

Commissioned by the young royals this website is a portal to pastoral and curriculum resources related to mental health.  Everything on the site has been quality assured – it links to a lot of other sites and training.  It was initially aimed only at primary schools but much of it is more widely relevant and secondary school resources are currently being reviewed and quality assured.  


The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

CWMT provide free mental health resources and training to school staff