This page offers an overview of online resources for teachers to use to promoting mental health and wellbeing during classes.
Child mental health experts have developed a booklet series aimed at supporting all staff working in school settings.
Boing Boing offer a range of tools and advice on promoting resilience in young people. The resources are free to download and use and they organise a number of events for schools around the theme of resilience development to promote academic attainment.
Healthy Schools London is an Awards Programme that will reach out to every London child, working with schools to improve children and young people’s well-being. Schools can attain Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and there is an annual celebration event. The website sets out the criteria for the different levels of award. The website has a range of additional resources and links for schools.
Dr Pooky Knightsmith, the Vice Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition has developed a range of materials, many of them specifically aimed at schools. The site gives a range of information and links to further resources. There are videos available through the website that are free to use to schools. There is a particular emphasis around issues of self-harm and eating disorders.
Mentally Healthy Schools’ website gives a range of teaching resources and ideas for:
- Social and Emotional Skills
- Assembly Plans
- Lesson Plans and PSHE Resources
- Whole School Programmes
- Small Group Work
- Other Resources
The Mindfulness in Schools Project gives basic information on mindfulness and how it can be employed in education settings. The website leads teachers through the process of learning mindfulness themselves, which is the first step before teaching it. A range of training courses are available through the Project.
The National Association of Head Teachers runs courses and seminars on supporting pupils with emotional wellbeing and mental health problems. Information is available on their website.
On the Place2be website you can find additional resources for use in assemblies or in the classroom for both primary and secondary schools.
The PSHE Association gives guidance on preparing lessons regarding mental health and emotional wellbeing, including:
- Why it is important to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Building teaching about mental health into a planned PSHE programme
- Promoting wellbeing and resilience from an early age
- Ensuring teaching is appropriate to the age and maturity of pupils
- Key principles in teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing safely and confidently
- Using visitors to the classroom to support lessons
- Addressing challenging mental health issues such as eating disorders, self-harm and suicide
Lesson plans are designed to be used in conjunction with the guidance, with topics including teaching children how to describe emotions, talk about anxiety and worries, and develop coping strategies. Lessons aimed at key stages 3 and 4 also cover eating disorders, self-harm and depression and anxiety.
This Guidance has been developed by Talk about Alcohol and the Alcohol Education Trust. It is endorsed by several organisations including PSHE.
It provides a range of detailed background information about alcohol. It includes detailed lesson plans and guidance on how to engage pupils into discussion at age appropriate levels.
Time to Change are a pressure organisation aimed at reducing the stigma associated with mental health problems. They are supported by MIND and Rethink Mental Illness.They have produced a range of materials and information, including those for use in the classroom and at assemblies.
Young Minds produce a wide range of training resources for use in schools. These include:
- Building academic resilience
- Supporting parents
- Transitions from primary to secondary school
Schools can join the 360 schools community and receive new information and tips from Young Minds. Young Minds also offer a wide range of training courses for head teachers and other school staff.
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