Student Mental Health

Gildredge House Mental Health

At Gildredge House we are proud to be able to say that we place high importance on mental health and wellbeing as we know that this is essential if students are to reach their potential and live happy fulfilled lives. It is important that students feel valued and supported and know where to go if they feel they need additional support.

Within the school, we have a strong pastoral system



We have compiled some useful links to websites for places that are there to assist with a variety of different areas. There are more details below and links to websites/phone numbers. This table provides a summary of some of the places to go for advice.






Sexual Health


Sussex School Health

 Gender issues  Allsorts



Eating disorders  Beat Eating Disorders
Anxiety ChatHealth
General Mental Health





Sussex Recovery College

Teenage Helpline

Anna Freud

Young Minds




St Wilfred’s Hospice

Being a carer


Special Educational Needs


Southeast Communities Rail Partnership

Physical and mental health  One You

School Health Service

Parents information  Open for parents

School Health Service

Sussex prisoners families

Sussex recovery college

Sussex School Health


Sussex Community Counselling

Child Bereavement UK






Emotional health and wellbeing support to LGBT+ and unsure children & young people aged 5-25.

Beat Eating Disorders

Helplines are open 365 days a year from 9.00am–8.00pm during the week, and 4.00-8.00pm on weekends and bank holidays.
Helpline: 0808 801 0677
Student line: 0808 801 0811
Youth line: 0808 801 0711.
You can also try their one-to-one web chat.


Barnardo’s - Believe in children | Children's charity | Barnardo's (

They offer support with issues such as employment, training and skills, homelessness and LGBTQ young people.


School nurse messaging service provides support and advice on any health issues from a school nurse via text. Young people aged 11-19 can text 07507 332473.

Click here for more information.


Childline is the UK’s free helpline for children and young people. It provides a confidential telephone counselling service for any child or young person with a problem. ‘Everyone helps each other out and is going through the same things as me – it’s a really welcoming place’ Freephone 0800 1111 (24 hours and the call won’t show on your
phone bill).

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - Child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) :: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (

CAMHS supports children and young people across East Sussex who have behavioural, emotional or mental health problems. Referrals to the service must be made by a parent/carer or professional working with the child to the East Sussex Single Point of Advice.

Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK - Child Bereavement UK

They help families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. They support children and young people (up to the age of 25) when someone important to them has died or is not expected to live and parents and the wider family when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying.

They offer free confidential bereavement support for individuals, couples, children, young people, and families, by telephone, video or instant messenger, wherever you live in the UK.

Dragonflies bereavement project

Dragonflies bereavement project - Dragonflies Bereavement Project | FSN Charity

Dragonflies offers free support to children aged 0 – 18 years old and their families who are experiencing pre or post bereavement. Their number is 01424 423683.


A free online counselling project for young people aged 12-18 years who live in East Sussex.


A digital wellbeing service for young people, run by YMCA DownsLink Group.


Kidscape are the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and sexual abuse. The website offers advice and practical skills on how to deal with bullying. If you are being bullied, you may feel scared, vulnerable and quite alone but you owe it to yourself to try and sort out the situation so that the bullying stops.

East Sussex Young Carers

East Sussex Young Carers - East Sussex Young Carers (

Supports young carers responsible for caring for a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health or substance issues. The team offer a range of short-term interventions including signposting, 1:1 support and in-school support and workshops.

Young Minds

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.


Free online support for young people. Kooth counsellors are online Monday-Friday, 12.00pm noon till 10.00pm
and weekends, 6.00-10.00pm.

The Mix

Free, confidential telephone helpline finding young people the best help whatever the problem. Provides free connections to local or national services, and can text information to callers’ mobile phones. Freephone 0808 808 4994 (7 days a week 1.00-11.00pm).


Samaritans volunteers listen in confidence to anyone in any type of emotional distress, without judging or telling people what to do. Call 0116 123 (24 hours, 7 days a week).


Advice and support on emotional and mental wellbeing, jobs, education and housing for young people aged 14-25. They also have a Facebook page.

Click here for more information.

Winston’s Wish

The Winston’s Wish Helpline offers support, information and guidance to all those caring for a bereaved child or young person. Helpline 08452 03 04 05 (Monday-Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm, and Wednesday evenings, 7.00-9.30pm).


Information, advice and guidance for young people on a range of issues.


We have a team of staff who work with us from Place2Be and students can contact them directly or be referred by staff.

Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity with over 25 years of experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools.  They provide mental health support in schools through one-to-one and group counselling using tried and tested methods backed by research.

One You

One You - Welcome to One You East Sussex: Get Back to a Healthier You

This is a free service that offers a wide range of services linked to helping you get back to being healthier. This can be to help stopping smoking, NHS health checks, coaching and mental health training, …


This is a free App, endorsed by the NHS. It gives quick, easy and discrete access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts. The content has been created by doctors and experts in self-harming and suicide prevention. It is a free app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It is private and password protected.

St Wilfrid Hospice

St Wilfred’s Hospice - Seahorse Project - St Wilfrid's Hospice (Eastbourne) (

The Seahorse Project. They offer bereavement support for children and young people. Telephone 01323 434200.


Fegans -


They aim to provide families most in need of parenting or therapeutic support with the care they require to become self-sufficient contributors to society and break generational cycles of behaviour. They provide a full range of professional counselling services in their centres and also in primary and secondary schools for children as well as support workers that work with parents.

Open for parents

Open for parents – Young People Top Tips for Parents – | Open for parents

This is for schools to signpost parents to, but parents and carers can also self-refer. They are there to help parents and carers who are struggling with parenting difficulties and offer workshops, drop-in surgeries, discussion groups, resources and a weekly advice line.

Sussex Community Rail Partnership

Sussex Community Rail Partnership - Sussex Community Rail Partnership | Southeast Communities Rail Partnership (

This service is there to support children and young people to travel independently by train, particularly those facing additional challenges such as special educational needs.


NSPCC - NSPCC | The UK Children's charity | NSPCC

They offer support and advice for parents and carers about how they can best support and protect children and young people. They offer support with mental health, sexuality, and sexual orientation, social media advice and many other topics.

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline 0808 800 5000