Good mental health and emotional wellbeing is the foundation for young people to thrive and succeed. From dealing with exam anxiety to self harm, poor mental health and emotional wellbeing can affect many pupils. Schools can support pupils achieve and maintain good mental health and emotional wellbeing through education and awareness, offering tools and techniques, and promoting positive mental health throughout all school activities. This 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 the Department of Health and NHS
Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department of Education
A public health approach to promoting young people’s resilience report by the Association for Young People’s Health and funded by Public Health England
Five Year Forward View for mental health, report from the NHS independent taskforce
Mental Health and behaviour in schools guidance from the Department of Education
Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - ensure your messages to families are in line with the latest Public Health England advice
Advice and Resources
Department for Education Teaching about Mental Wellbeing Guidance
ChatHealth confidential text messaging service with a school nurse to support young people aged 11-19 in Hampshire on 07507 332160. Available Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm (excluding bank holidays).
ThinkNinja is an app available to all 11-18 year olds in Hampshire. It is specifically designed to educate young people about mental health, emotional wellbeing and to provide skills to build resilience and stay well
Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (Camhs)
Hampshire Youth Access (HYA) provide advice, support and counselling for children and young people aged 5 - 17 across Hampshire. It is a partnership that offers one to one, group and online support to children and young people, and advice and information to anyone concerned about a child or young person’s emotional 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. They have produced a guide to Support Schools and Colleges through disruption by Covid-19
EIF Guidebook provides information about early intervention programmes that have been evaluated and shown to improve outcomes for children and young people
Young Minds resources for schools which can be filtered by age group
NHS Every Mind Matters Mental health and self-care for young people
Samaritans DEAL (Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening) offers free resources for education professionals to help develop resilience in young people
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust resources and information for schools and parents on depression, emotional wellbeing and self-harm. Leaflets to download.
Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Managing Self-Harm Toolkit
The truth about self-harm booklet to download from the Mental Health Foundation
Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton (HIPS) safeguarding children self-harm pathway
Papyrus charity for the prevention of young suicide
Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff by the Carers Trust
Staff Mental Health in Education toolkit
Information for governors and trustees on supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools
The Zero Suicide Alliance has developed this free suicide prevention training which can be done in stages
MindEd free educational resources for adults on children and young people’s mental health