Emotional Wellbeing

Emotional Wellbeing

Three in four mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday, while 50% of mental health problems in adult life take root before the age of 15. The most common types of mental health problems amongst young people include conduct disorder (5.8%); anxiety (3.3%), depression (0.9%) and hyperkinetic disorder (hyperactive, short attention span, impulsive) (1.5%). 1.3% had a less common disorder (0.9% with autism spectrum disorder, 0.3% with an eating disorder and 0.1% with mutism).

Healthy, happy children are attending, achieving children. Resilient children have better outcomes. Mental health and emotional wellbeing is a core theme of the government’s new statutory relationship education, relationship and sex education and health education. It also supports the 2019 OFSTED framework, Section 28 Personal Development: …help them know how to keep physically and mentally healthy.

National Guidance

Future in Mind report: Promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing by Department of Health and NHS

Public Health England’s Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing: A whole school and college approach

Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper  by Department of Health and Social Care and the Department of Education

Building Children and Young People’s Resilience in Schools by Public Health England and UCL Institute of Health Equity

A public health approach to promoting young people’s resilience report by Association for Young People’s Health and funded by Public Health England

Five Year Forward View mental health report from the NHS independent taskforce

Mental Health and behaviour in schools guidance from the Department of Education

Advice and Resources

Mentally Healthy Schools from Heads Together provides information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing

Schools in Mind Resources for Schools from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. It contains a teaching toolkit, parent booklet and advice for staff.

Young Minds resources for schools which can be filtered by age group

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust resources for schools and parents on depression, emotional wellbeing and self-harm

Simon Says is a Hampshire charity that provides child bereavement support

Hampshire Educational Psychologists deliver the ELSA programme, and work with schools and pupils to support their needs

Incredible Years Child Training (Dinosaur School) is a group-based programme for children between the ages of 4 and 8 with behavioural difficulties. Learn more here.

Staff Mental Health in Education toolkit