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.
Future in Mind report: Promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing by Department of Health and NHS
Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper by Department of Health and Social Care and the Department of Education
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