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Our Well-Being Matters

At St Joseph's we take our duty of care to our children and each other really seriously.  We are very proud of the work we do to support the mental health and wellbeing of our community.  We work closely with Place2Be, Father Hudson,  the MHST service and other external agencies to ensure we access support as soon as we can.  If you have any concerns about your child's wellbeing or mental health please speak to any member of staff who will be happy to help.

What can I do to help someone I am concerned about?

This NHS site provides valuable advice if you are struggling to understand and support someone who is struggling with their mental health. It includes practical things that you can do and say.

If you or someone you are worried about feels that they cannot manage their mental health, talking to a GP might be a good first step.

Mental health support links: 


Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for children, young people and families who are struggling to cope. 

Anna Freud Crisis Messenger

 The AFC Crisis Messenger text service is a free, confidential, 24/7 text message support service for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed or is struggling to cope.  

If you need support, you can text AFC to 85258. 


Childline aims to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. 

You can talk about anything.  big or small, and they have trained counsellors to support you. 

Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.  


Offers support to parents and young people through a helpline and a webchat. Lots of practical resources and people to talk to.  


Samaritans offer support to anyone, on any issue from money worries to depression or relationship issues.  You can call them any time, day or night for free. Call 116 123. 

You can also email them at  but it may take up to 24 hours to hear back. 

NHS – Mind matters

This site provides general advice on mental health for all the family.  It also has links to support and self help ideas. 


This site provides mental health advice and support for parents. There are information and support ideas for a range of issues from sleep problems to anxiety. 

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

Practical advice and support on a range of issues including depression and suicidal thoughts.  You can call 0800 58 58 58 or visit the website for a webchat.  

Oxfordshire Mind

Support for anyone who is experiencing mental health issues.  This is not a crisis service but longer term advice and support.

Rethink Mental illness

Advice, support and practical help for those affected by mental health issues and for those caring for them. 

St Joseph's School is part of SCiB - Safeguarding Children in Banbury.  This is a group set up by professionals across Banbury to help support the needs of children in the town.  Through a shared curriculum and signposting for families, SCiB aims to help our young people to develop resilience and learn about keeping safe.  

You can find more information on the SCiB website by clicking here

As well as information about the work of SCiB, there are useful links to other organisations which can help support families and children.  


Advise and information can be sought from NSPCC by using links below




CEOP Education 

The CEOP Education programme from the National Crime Agency.  CEOP Education Team aims to protect children and young people aged 4-18 from online child sexual abuse.

Click on the link here for more information about your child's use of the internet.