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Chater Junior School

Family Support and Mental Health

We all have mental health just as we all have physical health.

What is Mental Health?

“Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
(World Health Organisation, 2014)
At Chater Junior School we are passionate about providing our children with the lifelong emotional tools that will help them to deal with their Mental Health and Well-being. At Chater we have trained Mental Health first Aiders who deliver CPD to all staff members. Positive mental health learning features highly in all areas of our curriculum. We participate in national events such as Children’s Mental Health Week and mental health issues and coping strategies are discussed in assemblies.

Every year an information evening is held for parents which provides information about the NHS Five ways to Well being and how to support your children.

Family Support - Families First Information.


What is Families First?

Families First is the term used in Hertfordshire for services that work together to support families who need extra help. These are also known as early help services.

We all experience difficulties at some point. Families First can help you find early help and information to prevent issues from getting worse.

If you need more help than your usual support network - for example your health visitor, school, doctor or family centre – families first can work with you and your family to create a package of support.

Who is it for?

Families First is available to all Hertfordshire families with children under 18 (25 if they have a learning need or disability).

What help is available?

Families First can help with issues such as: parenting, mental and physical health problems, drug or alcohol dependency, domestic abuse, school related concerns – such as your child is not attending school, debt problems, risk of becoming homeless.


There are two types of help available:

Self-help - the website can signpost you to local services and online advice to meet your needs.

Families First assessment – the school can refer you for an assessment, to see if your family might benefit from more intensive support, based on your family's individual needs.

Please follow the link below for further information.