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Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being

At Alexander Dickson we recognise that the emotional wellbeing of our pupils is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows our children to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.


Just like adults, sometimes children need help with emotional well-being and to regulate their emotions.


This page details some of the agencies that offer help and advice. 



You could always start with your child's GP.  They will be able to offer advice and support and, if necessary, make a referral to the appropriate specialist services and local organisations. 


ChildLine - 0800 1111

ChildLine offers help to young people in trouble or danger.


Smaritans - 0845 790 9090

Samaritans works to make sure there's always someone there for anyone who needs someone. 


Lifeline - 0808 808 8000 

Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair.


Young Minds - 0800 018 2138

Young Minds is a parents' information service providing confidential advice for any adult concerned about the mental health or emotional well-being of a child or young person.


Family Lives Parentline - 0808 800 2222

Family Lives Parentline provides emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life.


NSPCC - 0808 800 5000

Provides helplines and information on child protection and safeguarding children.



Other Useful Websites:



Action Mental Health

Parenting NI