There are other organisations and charities that are working hard to support schools face the challenges of rising mental health problems. For an excellent selection of teaching resources and information, do check out the following;
Through Schools in Mind you can access:
- Resources to support your school to measure and monitor the wellbeing of your pupils
- Innovative new approaches to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people>
- Training for school staff in new, effective techniques and interventions>
- Opportunities for your school to take part in ground-breaking research>
- Ideas to support school staff wellbeing and mental health>
- Opportunities to network with dedicated staff from other schools who lead on mental health and wellbeing >
DEAL (Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening) is a free teaching resource aimed at students aged approximately 14 and over and inclusive of all abilities and learning styles. It has been developed by Samaritans in consultation with young people and schools across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
YoungMinds 360° Schools programme helps you to put wellbeing at the heart of your schools’ improvement. Built on 25 years of experience, YoungMinds 360° Schools takes a holistic view of the needs of your school and supports you to take a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing – with real and lasting impact.
Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is to increase staff awareness, knowledge and confidence to help you support your pupils.
The Resilience Framework summarises a set of ideas and practices that promote resilience. It is based on a body of research and practice development called Resilient Therapy (RT). This was originally developed by Angie Hart and Derek Blincow, with help from Helen Thomas and a group of parents and practitioners
CORC has over a decade of experience in measuring children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. They support education providers to understand the needs of their pupils and monitor the impact of the support they provide.
They can help you with:
- Understanding the big picture: measure strengths and difficulties across year groups using Wellbeing Measurement for Schools>
- Evaluation and improvement: through bespoke support or CORC for School Membership >
- Free resources and guidance for schools: helping you to plan your own approach>
Improve self-confidence, resilience and emotional intelligence for pupils and staff in your school
The Department for Education recognises the direct link between positive mental health in schools and successful educational outcomes; the Mental Health Award for Schools builds on this link and provides a framework for educational institutions to evidence policies and initiatives that work towards improving emotional health and wellbeing for both staff and pupils.
The award ensures schools are using evidence-based approaches that align to professional and government guidelines. Utilising a developmental framework, which allows schools to evaluate current mental health practices, identify gaps, develop and strengthen these and work towards building an emotionally healthier environment. Through this process, schools commit to making mental health a strategic priority and developing a positive culture that promotes mental wellbeing for everyone.
Cost: £350 excluding VAT
Pooky Knightsmith’s excellent book illuminates the territory school staff have long feared to tread. From spotting the signs of self-harm and eating disorders to supporting sufferers, from referring them to (and working with) appropriate agencies to reintegrating them into school: all that desperately needed practical common sense and potentially life-saving advice is there. An essential handbook for schools and education professionals. Author: Bernard Trafford, Headmaster, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne