Handcross Primary

Mental Health

Sharon Bondonno, Headteacher is the Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Lead 

Mrs Bondonno oversees our Learning for Life curriculum, our safeguarding policies and procedures and our emotional and mental health support for staff, children and the school community.

If you have any concerns for your own or your child's mental health please contact Mrs Bondonno for advice and support, either in person or via email. 

Please click here to email Mrs Bondonno directly for mental health support

We are a "Thought-full" School

Thought-Full are The Mental Health Support Team in Schools in West Sussex. They are a team of practitioners working in primary and secondary schools supporting school aged children with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. We have been selected to work with the Thought-full team to provide enhanced support for our children families and staff. As a result of our work with the team, staff have had additional training in:


Stress and Anxiety

Mental Health Youth First Aid Courses

Staff Wellbeing

We have been working in partnership with the Thought-full team in 2022-23 and have run workshops for parents on managing children's anxiety.

We have also have a member of the Thought-full team, Shirley Moody, allocated to our school on Fridays. She has been to able to run direct 1-to-1 work with specific childen each week at our school, subject to a referral to the Thought-Full team.

If you have further questions, please see their website:


Or contact them at: Thought-Full@westsussex.gov.uk

Urgent or Crisis Support

If your child needs support, please contact your GP, or if out of hours, call 111. 

If your child is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs immediate support you can contact the YoungMind Crisis messenger text service, by texting YM to 85258. They provide free 24/7 crisis support across the UK.  You can also access The Sussex Mental Health Line, which is available 24/7 on 0800 0309 500.

If your child is in immediate danger or needs urgent medical attention, call 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department {A&E}.

Here are some organisations that can offer advice and support:




Other websites to support emotional wellbeing and mental health