Gemma Rylatt
Mental Health First Aider

Sarah Cooney
Senior Mental Health Lead, Mental Health and Grief First Aider

Jessica Dawes
Senior Mental Health Lead, Mental Health and Grief First Aider

Melissa Farrow-Browne
Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

Here are some key reasons why we promote mental health and wellbeing at Humberston Park School:

Holistic Development

Mental health is integral to holistic development, encompassing cognitive, emotional, social, and physical wellbeing.  We provide a supportive environment that addresses the unique mental health needs of each pupil, promoting a comprehensive, transdisciplinary development approach.

Emotional Regulation

Many of the pupils may struggle with emotional regulation due to their needs or unique learning challenges.  By fostering a positive and emotionally supportive environment, we help pupils learn and develop key life skills such as effective coping mechanisms, self-regulation, and resilience.

Enhanced Learning

A positive mental health environment contributes to a conducive learning atmosphere.  At Humberston Park School, pupils are more likely to engage in learning activities, explore their potential, and achieve personal milestones because they feel emotionally secure and supported.

Social Skills Development

We support many pupils who experience difficulties in social interactions.  Focusing on mental health facilitates the development of social skills, communication, and positive relationships, essential for effective inclusion into their communities and society as a whole.

Reduced Behavioural Issues

We believe that by prioritising mental health, this can lead to a decrease in behavioural issues.  Understanding and addressing the emotional wellbeing of our pupils, likely contributes to our positive and harmonious School environment, reducing instances of disruptive behaviour.

Support for Families

Mental health support at Humberston Park School extends to families and carers.  Our support systems help families better understand and manage the unique challenges their children face, creating a collaborative approach to the child’s wellbeing.

Improved Staff-Pupil Relationships

All staff at Humberston Park School play a crucial role in supporting pupils’ mental health.  By creating a nurturing and understanding environment, staff teams establish positive relationships with pupils, fostering trust and effective communication.

Long-term Wellbeing

The skills and strategies learned at Humberston Park School regarding mental health can have lasting effects on a pupil’s overall wellbeing. This, in turn, can positively impact their transition to adulthood and life beyond the School environment.

Supporting Pupils’ Social and Emotional Learning with an ELSA

What is ELSA?

An ELSA in a school is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant.  ELSAs are specialists with a broad range of experience and are trained and regularly supervised by Educational Psychologists.  It is important that ELSAs are warm, kind and caring people who can help children and young people feel safe, happy and support them to reach their potential socially, emotionally and academically. They understand the barriers to learning that some children and young people might have and can help them with this.

At Humberston Park School our ELSA is Melissa Farrow-Browne.

Her work can cover:

  • Emotional Literacy
  • Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Friendship issues
  • Relationships
  • Managing strong feelings
  • Anxiety and worries
  • Bullying
  • Conflict
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Growth Mindset
  • Social and therapeutic stories
  • Problem solving

For more information on supporting social and emotional learning and the role of an ELSA, please visit

Here’s a list of groups that are here to help:

Mental health support

Whatever your age, anyone struggling with their mental health or who is in a mental health crisis, can call NAViGO 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on (01472) 256256 (option 3), Freephone 08081 968442 or text ORANGE to 85258.

Alternatively, you can call NHS 111 free from a landline or mobile phone.

Andy’s Man Club – – email:

Give us a Shout – – text-SHOUT to 85258

Hub of Hope –

Mind – – 0300 1233393

Navigo – Open Minds – Talking Therapy – – 01472 625100

NELC Wellbeing Service – – 01472 325500

North East Lincolnshire Mind – – 01472 349991 – 0800 1380990

Open Door – – 01472 722000

Samaritans – – 116 123 – Email:


Cruse: 0808 808 1677 or go to

Cruse also works with St Andrew’s Hospice in Grimsby to offer bereavement support for adults and children.  To find out more please call 01472 250623 or go to

Child Bereavement UK – – 0800 028 8840

Winston’s Wish – – 08088 020 021


HEY Credit Union NEL can help with finances, budgeting, loans, and benefit plans.  Find out more at: or tel 01482 778753.


connectNEL: The team can link people to adult and child services, housing, events, social groups, and more. Call Connect NEL (01472 403403), available 24/7.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

NAViGO’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – often referred to locally as Young Minds Matter – is a free NHS service that supports children and young people with a wide range of mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, obsessions and the effects of abuse or trauma. And if you’re a parent or carer, CAMHS can offer support to you as well as your child.

Referrals to CAMHS can be made by any professional, such as your child’s GP or teacher. But if you would like to discuss a possible referral, please call the NAViGO CAMHS team on (01472) 252570 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.30pm) or visit for more information.

Kooth offers a free, safe and anonymous online mental wellbeing community for young people.  The site offers helpful articles and discussion boards, daily journals for recording feelings and emotions, and a place to chat to members of the Kooth team. For more information, visit

CompassGo have Mental Health Support Teams working in all of the schools and colleges in North East Lincolnshire.  They work with children and young people aged 5 to 19, and with their families, through low-intensity interventions to help with low mood, anxiety, exam stress, self-harm and managing relationships.  For support, call: 01472 494 250