Feeling Worried or Anxious?

Health & Wellbeing Support

Don't worry if you usually seek help and support in school. During the time we are closed, you can pick from this list of services if you need to talk to someone:


Information & Support Offered

Contact Details

CAMHS Live Support with feelings of depression, anxiety, self-harming, suicidal thoughts, stress www.nhft.nhs.uk/camhslive
Young Minds Crisis messenger Text YM to 85258
Childline Online, on the phone help about all areas of concern. Web site is full of useful information 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk
VOICE Victim of theft, robbery, attacks, abuse, violence, harassment, or stalking? 0300 3031965
CIRV In a gang and want out? Know someone else who needs help getting out of gang related activity? Call 24/7 on 07539183975
NHS For your mind, for your body – support for all areas www.nhs.uk
NSPCC National Society for the Protection of Children 0808 800 5000 (free)
Samaritans Support for people in crisis 08457 909090
School Nursing Chat Service 07480 635443
Kooth Free safe and online support for young people www.kooth.com
CHUMS Mental health and emotional well-being to support children

01525 863924



Apps to Download for Self-Help


Helps You With


Calm Harm

(part of STEM)

Helps you to resist or manage the urge to self-harm and can help to reduce anxiety Calm Harm App

Clear Fear

(part of STEM)

A free app to help children and young people manage the symptoms of anxiety  Clear Fear Final Logo FB

Combined Minds

(part of STEM)

Combined Minds is a free app to help families and friends provide mental health support.  CombinedMinds RGB Text Logo 2x scaled

What’s Up?

Use the positive and negative habit tracker to maintain your good habits  Whats up

Mind Shift

Mind Shift stresses the importance of changing how you think about anxiety. Think of this app as the cheerleader in your pocket, encouraging you to take charge of your life, ride out intense emotions, and face challenging situations.  Mindshift


The Happify app is your fast-track to a good mood. Try various engaging games, activity suggestions, gratitude prompts and more to train your brain as if it were a muscle, to overcome negative thoughts. Happify 

Local Foodbanks

Bedford is part of the Trussel Trust network of Foodbanks. Please click here for information on how to access help from a food bank and click here for opening times and locations of local foodbank centres.

Coping Strategies


Controlled breathing and progressive muscle relaxation:

  • Rectangular Breathing – using windows, doors, picture etc. Breathe in and out deeply as your eyes follow the rectangle.
  • Box Breathing – breathe in for 4, hold for 4, out for 4, hold for 4.
  • 7-11 Breathing – in for 7, out for 11, or as long as you can manage. The outbreath is your friend when stressed, or not feeling stressed. It brings oxygen to your heart and brain, which we need more than ever when under pressure.
  • Mindfulness Colouring – colouring a picture / number colouring book.

Thinking about something good

Example: sit and draw a picture about a time when you were on holiday. What were you doing? What could you see? Who were you with? What were you wearing? What could you smell?

Leaving a Situation

Leave the room and come back later.

Talking to Someone

Talk to someone, including assertiveness and seeking advice and support.

Mental Games

Practice mental games to shift your attention (2-3 minutes):

  • Alphabet games, e.g. naming someone famous for each pair of initials: AB, BC, CD)
  • Category games, e.g. naming as many categories within 2 minutes (vegetables, flavour of ice creams etc)
  • Memory games, e.g. naming all the teachers in the school
  • Rhyming games, e.g. listing as many rhyming words as you can within 2 minutes

You can also email worried@harrold.academy to contact a member of the safeguarding team.

‘Take care of yourself before you take care of your performance’

Welcome to Harrold Primary Academy

I am extremely delighted and privileged to have the opportunity to welcome you to Harrold Primary Academy.
Harrold Primary Academy is a happy, caring and supportive school. The Academy was formed on the site of Harrold Lower School and Harrold Priory Middle School, opening its doors to the pupils aged 4 - 11 years in September 2017.
We are a small one form entry primary school, serving children from Reception to Year 6.

As a school, we are extremely fortunate to have a spacious school site with a Library, Science lab, Food Technology room and a team of dedicated staff who work hard to deliver exciting, engaging and enjoyable lessons for children at Harrold.

Our vision is that every child has the right to a high quality of learning, where they are treated with respect in a safe and stimulating learning environment. Children actively participate in learning by demonstrating a sense of readiness, where they take responsibility for themselves and the school environment. We help to build resilience in all our children by ensuring that the learning that they experience is a stepped approach with appropriate scaffolding and modelling in place to secure and build improved independent learning.

When children leave Harrold, they are well-equipped to continue achieving throughout secondary school and beyond.
We believe that close cooperation between home and school is essential, and we aim to keep parents as informed as possible about the progress being made by their children and ways in which they can support their children’s learning.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Harrold Primary Academy.

To find out more about the school, please read through our website and do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to visit the school.


Debonair Brown

Head teacher