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Mental Health Support Advice for Students and Families​


Having worries and feeling anxious about the coronavirus is normal. Especially how the news has created uncertainty through mixed messages and this can make us more nervous than we need to be. Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is really important and below is some advice to help you do this:

How to look after yourself

  • Stay in contact with friends. Talk to people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Try to respond to the fears of others with understanding and respect.
  • Use credible news sources to check for updates but don't obsessively look for them.
  • Avoid catastrophizing (believing that something is far worse than it actually is). Try really hard not to worry about or imagine outcomes that are not based on fact.
  • You don't have to talk about coronavirus and can opt out of overwhelming conversations.

Is there someone I can talk to?  I'm feeling a little worried.

  • We would always advise you to talk to a trusted adult which might be a parent, older brother/sister, family friend or an aunty/uncle.
  • Your form tutor will be emailing you and if you have any concerns or worries you could inform them. 


School Counselling and mental health support for students and families



Counselling Provision during the COVID-19 Closure

We are able to provide a limited telephone-based provision for those students that are currently receiving counselling support at school. Our school counsellor will be e-mailing the students that she and our other counsellors work with, via their school e-mail accounts, to see if they would like 1:1 telephone sessions or use of a text service. 

Please Note: This service is only currently available to those students who were already receiving counselling provision.

We will announce in the coming weeks what capacity our counsellor has to use a video platform alongside telephone and text support for those students currently on our counselling waitlist. Unfortunately, we will not be able to add any new student names to the counselling waiting list at this time.


Primary Mental Health Worker (Jaki Watkins) - Remote Contact Details 

During this time Jaki Watins is unable to hold regular sessions with young people and parents/carers, however, she would like to offer ongoing support. 

Please contact her via email: jcw@dorothy-stringer.co.uk



Emotional Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultation Helpline - Schools Wellbeing Service BHCC

We are aware that we will not be able to meet with young people and families or offer consultation sessions due to COVID 19.  In order to support the wellbeing of our young people and families we are offering our consultation helpline on a daily basis.

To contact the Schools Wellbeing Service please email , leaving name and phone number, and someone will respond as soon as possible: SWSConsultationLine@brighton-hove.gov.uk 

Emotional Mental Health and Wellbeing - Whilst Schools are Shut.docx 

Linsey McGill | Schools Wellbeing Service | Brighton & Hove City Council




Dorothy Stringer School, Loder Road, Brighton, BN1 6PZ | Tel: 01273 852222 | Fax: 01273 852310 | Email: office@dorothy-stringer.co.uk