Healthy Schools: mental wellbeing
The resources on this page can help you spot the signs of poor mental health in children and young people and provide support for those who need it.
Spotting the signs
- What's mental health? Check out this guide (external link) from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Young People.
- Noticing early signs is the first step to providing children and young people with the help they need as outlined by MindEd and Anna Freud:
- This 4-page guide offers information on what to look out for:
- For more in-depth information, you can watch this 29-min recording of this 'Noticing Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health Difficulties in children and young people’ webinar (external link) organised by the Mental Health NHS Trust (MHST).
The webinar slides (x17 slides) are available to download from Google Drive (external link).
How to talk to children and young people
- We created a series of documents to support Emotionally Friendly Communication:
- Overview: How and Why
- Reduce conflict and stress
- Encourage positive conversations
- If you're a primary teacher and want to normalise talking about mental health and wellbeing in your classroom but aren't sure where to start, Anna Freud has published this creative calendar (external link - PDF, 270KB) to use in lessons.
- Watch this 25-min recording of the MHST webinar, 'Talking to someone about their mental health’ (external link) and you can download the slides (x17 slides) Google Drive (external link).
Building healthier habits
These Trailblazer short videos provide tips and understanding about the benefit of setting routines to promote mental wellbeing.
- For children and young people:
- For families and teachers:
- Explore School Zone's flexible teaching resources for primary school classes from Change4Life and be inspired by their mental wellbeing resources for secondary schools and Year 6. Find all the resources (external link).
- It's completely normal and healthy for children and young people to feel low and upset sometimes. Sadness is an important emotion for self-discovery and emotional wellbeing. Here are some strategies to try if talking about the issue does not help:
Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) has produced an online version of its 2-day training (external link). Details have been sent out to EW leads.
For further information and resources around resilience, wellbeing and mental health, please visit Haringey Anchor Approach.
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