Aycliffe School

Aycliffe School is an independent, purpose-built specialist school based at the North East Centre for Autism, Newton Aycliffe in County Durham for pupils aged 3-19

Working together to inspire, support, celebrate and equip autistic and neurodiverse people to fulfil their potential in life.

At our school, we know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.

At our school we:

  • Support children and young people to understand their emotions and feelings better.   
  • Support children and young people to feel comfortable in sharing any concerns or worries.
  • Support children and young people socially to form and maintain relationships.
  • Promote self-esteem and ensure children and young people know that they are valued in society.
  • Encourage children and young people to be confident and accept their differences.
  •  Support children and young people to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks.

If you are worried about your child’s mental health you can contact your Local Authorities Children’s and Family Support Services, your GP or the school.

Helpful Resources Links;

Rollercoaster Parent Support - Helping parents to support children (0-25) with emotional or mental health issues.

Telephone: 07377 213 952

Website: Rollercoaster Family Support

CAMHS - single point of access  - Community mental health teams for children 0-18 years.

Telephone: 03001 239 296

Website:  CAMHS - Tees Esk and Wear Valley

Emotional Health and Resilience Team - Emotional health, advice and guidance for 5-19 years.Telephone: 03000 263 532

Kooth - Free, safe, anonymous online support for young people aged 11+.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families: Coronavirus supporting young people's mental health - Self-care to look after our own mental health.

Charlie Waller Trust Coronavirus and Mental Health  - Resources for schools and families.

Headspace  - Free tools around mindfulness and meditation.

MindEd for Families - Safe and reliable advice about young people's mental health.

YoungMinds - Support for mental health for young people

ChildLine - Calm Zone - if you are feeling anxious, scared or sad, then why not try out ChildLine's Calm Zone to learn how to help yourself feel better.

Immediate support available via childline number: 0800 1111