Mental health and wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing is an enormous topic and covers many conditions. In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it. Good mental health or wellbeing means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you're frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. 

Our very own Councillor Nicola Roulstone talks about the importance of mental health awareness:

"One in four people struggle with mental health issues at some point during their lives and I’m one of them."

Listen to Rasheed and Zeph talk about why it's important for parents to be in their child's corner.

If your child lives within Derby city and you have concerns or you suspect that they may have mental health issues, you should speak with:

  • your health visitor
  • your GP
  • or your educational provider.

Children do not need a diagnosis of any condition to get support at school. Your child’s school must do it’s best to give your child the support they need.

Educational Psychologists help schools to support children with ADHD. Educational Psychologists deliver a range of services including:

  • Promoting inclusive practice
  • Supporting children and young people with a range of additional needs
  • Working flexibly in the child’s home and/or education setting
  • Working with children and their parents or carers
  • Liaising with other agencies
  • Providing advice, support and training for schools
  • Supporting transition into a child’s first school place

To contact the Derby City Educational Psychology Service, telephone 01332 641400 or email

SENDIASS offers free confidential, impartial advice and support to parents, children and young people up to the age of 25 about Special Education Needs and Disabilities as well as guiding you through the SEND processes and procedures.

To find out more about the support that SENDIASS offers contact them on 01332 641 414 or email

Here is a selection of mental health blogs:

  • The aim of the Time to Change campaign is to encourage us all to be more open about our mental health, and to start conversations with those who might need our support.
  • The Mental Health Foundation blog has a variety of articles by multiple writers.
  • The Mighty publish real stories by real people, living with disability, disease and mental illness. Their mental illness section is excellent and covers a wide range of conditions. 
  • Rethink help people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes and changing lives. They publish a range of interesting articles and personal experiences in their News and View section
  • Parenting a child with mental illness stretches, twists and tears you in ways others can't begin to understand.
  • One in five blog on children and mental illness. 
  • The Looney Chick is an award-winning blog featuring real life stories about people who suffer from mental health illnesses. 

Today, mental health doesn’t have the stigma it used to have. High profile ambassadors like Prince Harry, have brought it into the mainstream. Research has shown people living with mental health share positive psychological traits such as spirituality, empathy, creativity, realism, and resilience.

However, children and young people need help to make that first step to wellness: Talking.

Here parents share tips on encouraging young people to open up and talk about their worries and concerns.

  • Stephen Fry
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Danny Rose
  • Selena Gomez
  • Devon Murray
  • Kesha
  • James Arthur
  • Halsey
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Demi Lovato
  • Tom Fletcher
  • Zoella
  • Catherine Zeta Jones