Ayresome Primary achieved the HeadStart Gold standard in 2018 programme. Headstart is a preventative and early intervention approach to equip young people to cope better with difficult circumstances, preventing them from experiencing common mental health problems before they become serious issues. It’s about giving young people the knowledge, skills and support to cope with adversity and do well at school and in life. Ayresome Primary School is committed to improving resilience and emotional well-being in our young people and this remains a key priority for our school.

Within school, we have a dedicated team of pastoral staff available to offer advice and support to children when required. Identified children are offered a range of interventions, by specially trained staff, in class, in small focused groups or in 1:1 sessions depending upon their need. If you have any concerns about your child, or if you would just like some advice or information, please do not hesitate to come into school to see what help is available.

We also have a group of children, aptly named the ‘Headstarters’, who are our very own mental health ambassadors! They work with specialist staff in school to develop their own resilience and also share their experience with others.

The school also has access to a variety of services and links made with external agencies who can offer support. Providing students and their families with the tools and emotional support to deal with mental health problems earlier, therefore minimising impact and increasing chances of children achieving their potential. Some of the external agencies that we work with include CAMHS, REACH and Harbour.


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CAMHS is used as a term for all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural wellbeing. Local areas have a number of different support services available. These might be from the statutory, voluntary or school-based sector, such as an NHS trust, local authority, school or charitable organisation.

Children and young people may need help with a wide range of issues at different points in their lives. Parents and carers may also need help and advice to deal with behavioural or other problems their child is experiencing. Parents, carers and young people can receive direct support through CAMHS.

How do I get help from CAMHS?

CAHMS in Middlesbrough have their own website, which has information about access, referrals and more, including phone numbers, so you can get in touch directly for detailed advice. http://fis.middlesbrough.gov.uk/kb5/middlesbrough/fsd/service.page?id=B15SAr6HAkQ

You may also find it helpful to speak to:

If you or your child is being supported by social services or the youth offending team, your key worker will be able to refer your child for an appointment with someone in specialist CAMHS.

For more helpful information about what CAMHS services offer, please follow the following link to the Children’s Mental Health NHS page.


Information for Children and Young People


Information for Parents and Carers




If you attend a primary or secondary school in Middlesbrough, REACH can offer one-to-one sessions as well as group work. Their work is aimed at young people at risk of emotional or mental health difficulties and those with existing mild to moderate difficulties.

Group work is flexible according to the needs of the young people and the school, but mainly focuses on raising awareness of emotional well-being, building resilience and teaching coping strategies, including working on issues such as confidence and self-esteem, stress, anxiety, low mood and anger.

REACH can help with:



One of the main issues REACH work with is young people moving from primary to secondary school. They understand how overwhelming it can be adjusting to a new school and making new friendships. REACH can help you prepare for this exciting new change in a number of ways such as group focused activities and one-to-one sessions.

If you need any more support for your family, please look at Family Information Service Middlesbrough which provides information and advice about the services for families in Middlesbrough. Emotional support is offered depending on the needs and wishes of the young person. If you feel you could benefit from having someone trusted to talk to then we can offer you the right support.

If you are under 18, living in Middlesbrough, you can access this service by

Telephone: Children and young people’s team 01642 257033

Email: reach@middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk



Harbour offer a range of different services to assist those affected by domestic abuse. This support includes:

To find out what services they offer in this area or for help finding an organisation near to you, call us on 03000 20 25 25 or visit www.myharbour.org.uk


Other Useful Contacts:


0800 1111


Free 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK.



Helpline (adults): 0800 800 5000

Helpline (children and young people): 0800 1111



Specialises in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children.



Helpline: 0800 068 41 41


Charity for the prevention of young suicide, offering confidential support and awareness training.


Parenting and Family Support- Family Lives (formerly Parentline Plus)

Helpline: 0808 800 2222


Support to anyone parenting a child.



24-hour helpline: 116 123 (freephone)


Emotional support for anyone feeling down, experiencing distress or struggling to cope.


Young Minds

020 7089 5050 (General enquiries)

0808 802 5544 (Parents helpline, for any adult with concerns about the mental health of a child or young person)


National charity committed to improving the mental health of all babies, children and young people. Provides information for both parents and young people.