Schools play a key role in protecting and supporting the mental health of children and young people. A whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing can help children and young people develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing for now and in the future.
A whole school approach makes mental health everyone's business and in doing so helps eliminates stigma and discrimination and helps create a more understanding school community and society which values mental health equally alongside physical health.
Mental health and wellbeing should be embedded into all aspects of school life from Improvement Plans to the curriculum, consideration of the physical environment, ethos, resources, facilities and its partnership working to enhance and extend expertise in the area of mental health and wellbeing.
Tools to help your school plan for mental health and wellbeing can be found here
Mental health resources for schools can be found here
Online Mental Health Activities: a selection of online mental health themed sessions developed for education staff and partners supporting young people during COVID-19. Suggested home schooling activities are also included for parents and care givers.
The Resilience session from our Healthy Minds Resource can help raise awareness of what resilience is, what it means to be resilient, the benefits to mental health and what we can do to help develop resilience.
Download our Resilience Top 10 Tips poster.