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Mental Health

Collett's Mental Health Leads

Mr Josh Pollard (Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), Federation Mental Health Lead)

Mrs Anu Gray (Head of Interventions, Deputy DSL, Collett Mental Health Lead)


See also: Safeguarding

Mental Health support

Speak to your school

  • Talk to a teacher or the mental health leads at school (Mr Pollard or Mrs Gray) and work with them around the issue. It's important to maintain a good relationship with them during this time. They can help agree on things the school can do such as arranging flexible start times to avoid the morning rush.
  • If you have concerns about bullying, speak to the school about their anti-bullying policy.
  • Speak to your school and ask them to assess your child if you think there may be an unidentified SEND need causing the anxiety.
  • You'll need to work with the school to help your child - particularly with any support plans they put in place.


Find help online

  • Healthy Young Minds in Herts have advice on what to do if you're worried as well as tips for talking to children and young people about their anxiety and mental health.
  • The NHS list a number of mental health apps which you can try with your child at home. These can help them learn to cope with their anxiety in a more positive way.
  • MindEd provides free educational resources for parents and carers who might be worried about the mental health of their child.
  • Young Minds have a dedicated section for parents which includes a parent helpline as well as expert tips and advice.
  • Family lives offer parenting and family support with a helpline and online forum.
  • No Panic offers information and advice on children's anxieties, school phobia and treatment for overcoming school phobia.
  • KOOTH offers free, safe and anonymous online mental health support and counselling for young people.
  • Just Talk Herts is a campaign run by multiple agencies in Hertfordshire that is encouraging young people to talk about their mental health. They have lots of useful resources for young people and schools too.
  • Families Feeling Safe - An organisation which teachers and promotes Protective Behaviours
  • - Providing grants to families


Who can support me?

You should start by speaking to your GP. They might be able to refer you to services such as CAMHS or PALMS.


Mental health services

CAMHS (Child and adolescent mental health services) works with children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties.

PALMS (Positive behaviour, Autism, Learning Disability and Mental health Service) helps children and young people aged 0-19 who have a learning disability and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder.



The Education Support for Medical Absence (ESMA) team support pupils who have had, or are expecting to have, significant time off school due to a physical or mental health condition. Their aim is to help children continue their education around their needs and work towards getting them back into school life.


Educational psychologists

Educational Psychologists provide support to schools to help them meet the needs of children and young people. This can be through both school wide advice or concerns about an individual. Although they work directly with schools and settings, they also have a contact line specifically for parents.


Independent organisations who can help


Provide impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Not Fine in School

NFIS aims to support children and their families struggling with school attendance, and raise awareness of their experiences.

Health for kids

Hertfordshire based support and advice for parents, carers and kids from the NHS

Health for teens

Hertfordshire based support and advice for teens from the NHS


The Mental Health Support Team (MHST) in SEN schools in Hertfordshire and West Essex.

The Collett School works closely with the MHST in SEN Schools, an early intervention service working with mild to moderate mental health difficulties and challenging behaviours in educational settings. The MHST supports children, their families, and school staff, and is currently based in several SEN schools across Herts and West Essex. The service is ‘hosted’ by PALMS in Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, but is separate to the PALMS team.

Ella MacInroy-Naylor is the assigned MHST for The Collett School

The MHST helps to support mental health in The Collett in several ways:

  • Workshops with young people or parent/carers or staff.
  • Group based work with young people or parent/carers around emotional regulation and transitions. 
  • Guided 1:1 self-help sessions (6 – 8 weeks) with young people, parent/carers around proactive prevention and support for mild to moderate mental health difficulties and challenging behaviours
  • A ‘whole school approach’ to understanding and improving mental health, which may include supporting the school’s mental health lead, supporting with the wellbeing curriculum, identifying mental health resources, training for staff, creating posters and displays etc.
  • Signposting staff and families to appropriate support.

The team is made up of a Team Lead, Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs), Senior Mental Health Practitioners (SMHPs), Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Psychologist, and administrator support.

If you are interested in further information and/or support, please contact the team on the following email address  or contact Anu Gray - Head of Interventions on the following email address