Mental Health is a serious issue with around 1 in 10 children having a diagnosable mental health condition and many more being affected by poor mental health (

What is Mental Ill-Health?

Mental ill-health can manifest in many different ways. A child could present with sadness, anger, low appetite, tired, emotional or just behaving differently or unusually. Changing mood is part of growing up and is perfectly normal however if a child is not bouncing back from these changing moods or you have concerns, please speak with someone.

Who to contact?

If you are concerned about the mental health of a child please contact the school for advice.

In addition, the ‘Dorset Mind Your Head’ website contains information, resources and other useful websites to support mental health issues.

Parent Support – Dorset Mind

What is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)?

CAMHS is an NHS service that supports children with serious mental health related issues. A CAMHS referral can be made by the school or via your GP. For more information visit