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National Guidance and Research

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Publications about mental health from Department of Health, Department of Education, Public Health England as well as Local Government reports, plans and case studies. 

Future in Mind

Gloucestershire has produced a 5 year plan for improving children and young people’s mental health. This is part of the national Future in Mind programme.

 

Government Drug Strategy 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The harms caused by drug misuse are far-reaching and affect our lives at every level. It includes crime committed to fuel drug dependence; organised criminality, violence and exploitation which goes hand in hand with production and supply; and the irreparable damage and loss to the families and individuals whose lives it destroys.

For the full strategy please click here

 

Measuring young people’s mental health

The Public Health England toolkit aims to raise awareness amongst school and college staff of the range of validated tools that are available to help measure subjective mental wellbeing amongst the student population. This, in turn, will help school and college leaders make use of school and college level data to identify the mental wellbeing needs of students and determine how best to address these. Efforts taken by schools and colleges to promote the physical and mental health of the student population creates a virtuous circle, reinforcing attainment and achievement that in turn improves student wellbeing, enabling students to thrive and achieve their full potential.

The Boxall profile provides a framework for the precise assessment of children who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) and are failing at school. It helps teachers to plan focused intervention for those children whose behaviour seems to make no sense. The Nurture Group Network explains what the Boxall profile is.

 

Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools

Mental health and behaviour in schools: Departmental advice for school staff - Department for Education

Children and young people in schools and colleges: Guidelines for good quality psychological wellbeing and mental health services - British Psychology Society 

 

Teacher guidance: teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing  

PSHE Association guidance funded by the Department for Education Updated March 2019

From September 2020, the health education elements of PSHE education will be compulsory in all schools (PSHE education is currently only compulsory in independent schools). The statutory changes also make Relationships Education compulsory for all key stage 1 and 2 pupils and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) compulsory for all pupils receiving secondary education, in all schools.

The statutory guidance for health education covers physical health, mental health and emotional wellbeing. It recognises that physical health and mental health are interlinked, that good physical health contributes to good mental health, and vice versa.

This ‘Teaching About Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing’ guidance and accompanying teaching resources, originally funded by the Department for education (DfE), have now been revised to ensure that they are fully up to date and reflect these statutory changes.

Irrespective of statutory requirements, teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing as part of a comprehensive PSHE education curriculum is vital. It promotes pupils’ wellbeing through an understanding of their own and others’ emotions and the development of healthy coping strategies. It also contributes to safeguarding, providing pupils with knowledge, understanding and strategies to keep themselves healthy and safe, as well as equipping them to support others who are facing challenges. Finally, talking openly about mental health issues is an effective means of breaking down any associated stigma.

 

Mental Health of Children in England

The Department of health have published a report “The mental health of children and young people in England – December 2016”. This report analyses the mental health in children and young people in England and summarises the evidence of what works to improve their mental health.

The Department of Health have also produced a report of the work of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce "Improving mental health services for young people".

 

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)

Resource Pack for informal educators and practitioners - Click Here for the pdf resource pack. 

 

Promoting good mental health

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

  

Self harm

Young People and Self Harm: Perceptions and Understanding: January 2014 - Right Here Brighton and Hove 

 

Social media

The Open University are running a free 12 hour course on the impact of social media on young people

Social Media & Children's Mental Health a Review of the Evidence -  Emily Frith Education Policy Institute - June 2017

 

Suicide

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to view the report undertaken by the University of Manchester: Suicide by children and young people (July 2017).

Centre for Mental Health Transforming children’s mental health? Reflections on the government’s green paper

 

How to... Sleep Better

Mental Health Foundation have shared this guide.

Originally produced with the assistance of Professor Colin Espie, Director of the University of Glasgow Sleep Centre and cofounder of Sleepio – an organisation dedicated to helping people sleep better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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