Mental Health - Key Stage 3&4
Guidance, Resources and Articles
Children and young people’s mental health — The Role of Education: Education and mental health services need to work together to plan the most effective way of improving children and young people's mental health and wellbeing. Click on the link to be taken to Parliament website where guidance is available.
Public Health England Guidance
Measuring and monitoring children and young people's mental wellbeing: A toolkit for schools and colleges. With half of all diagnosable mental health disorders established by the age of 14, there is a strong case to promote children and young people's mental health. There are a range of risks and protective factors that impact on mental wellbeing. These span individual factors, family, learning environment and the wider community. The evidence tells us that the learning environment plays an important and valued role in helping protect and promote student mental wellbeing. CLICK ON THE TITLE TO ACCESS THE GUIDANCE.
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- Supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools
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Also included in this resource is:
A booklet for primary and secondary schools to support all staff working in school settings to understand how best to help children and young people in their care. The booklet explains in simple terms what to do if you are worried about a child or young person in your school, and includes information on a range of topics including anxiety, low mood and self-harm. CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO DOWNLOAD THE LEAFLET.
20/02/16 Times Educational Supplement: Depression - A Lesson Plan. MANDOWN is a 6min short film that has been backed by leading mental health charity CALM in the UK and HEADSTRONG in Ireland. Mainly discussion based to start to get students to become more aware of depression and to deepen their understanding of it.
10/10/15 Mental Health PowerPoint for use in secondary schools. World Mental Health Day. "Having anxiety and depression is like being scared and tired at the same time; its the fear of failure but no urge to be productive, its wanting friends but hate socialising, its the desire to be alone but not wanting to be lonely, its caring about everything then caring about nothing, its feeling everything at once then feeling paralysing numbness".
Gloucestershire Children and Young People's Service presents a Bereavement Pack which contains factual information, case studies, a book list with suggested reading as well as other avenues for guidance, support and advice. It aims to promote greater understanding of grief, highlight the importance of listening and also some templates for sharing information. Below are two links for charities that provide more information as well as some lesson plans from the Child Bereavement Trust.
2015 - Gloucestershire's Little Red Book - Where to go for help on mental health and emotional wellbeing, or if you need someone to talk to. A 28-page booklet including 5 Ways to Wellbeing; Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give. For further copies ring Health Promotion Resources on 0300 422 6082 based at the Library, Redwood Education Centre on the site ate Gloucestershire Royal Hospital or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PowerPoint: Academic resilience - Beating the odds for better results. A presentation for schools to amend and use. /Academic Resilience.pptx
#UNPLUGGED - How will you meet the #UNPLUGGED challenge
A resource for schools to encourage students to unplug their media devises. Click on the attachments below, which can be amended to suit your school
Young Minds #TellOfsted to make mental health a priority in our schools: act.youngminds.org.uk/TellOfsted
Staying mentally healthy during revision and exam time
Wellbeing Activities For Exam Season Using ideas from schools around the country, we've put together a timetable of wellbeing activities and support that could fit around a week of exams in your school. > Download the Stress-Buster Timetable
Worksheet For Pupils: Finding a Work/Rest Balance Many pupils may struggle to find a healthy balance between revising and resting. This worksheet helps them visualise that balance; on one side they list all their worries and what they need to get done, and on the other side what they can do to rest and relax. > Download The Worksheet
For Staff and Pupils: Posters Printable posters that can be stuck up in the staff room or classroom, with helpful reminders for how we can stay mentally healthy during exams. > Download The Poster For Staff > Download The Poster For SATs > Download The Poster For Secondary School Pupils
For Parents: Supporting Your Child During Exam Time Exam time can be a tricky season for parents to navigate too! Pass on this handy webpage with practical ways they can support their child and places they can go to get help if they are worried. > Visit The Guide
Exam stress lesson plan pack
Help students identify the signs and symptoms of exam stress, and develop stress management strategies
Use this lesson plan, PowerPoint and accompanying videos to teach students to identify the signs and symptoms of exam stress and recognise that it can affect young people, before, during and after an exam.
Using the concept of designing an 'exam buddy' app to help them, students develop helpful strategies for managing their own exam stress and supporting friends who may also be experiencing stress.
Both accompanying videos are featured below.
- Exam stress lesson plan PDF
- Managing exam stress: tips and advice PDF
- PowerPoint for use in class
Good mental health in childhood is important because it lays the foundations for social and emotional wellbeing throughout life.
Poor mental health affects our children's ability to concentrate at school and home and can make it more difficult for them to learn, communicate and to get on with other people.
Many factors can affect our mental health, and parents can play a key role. This booklet and fun activity sheets provide information and practical ideas to help you build on what you already do to promote positive mental health in your child.
Having good mental health is as important for your child as good physical health. As parents we make sure our children are protected from certain physical illness and we understand that a healthy diet and plenty of exercise help our children to enjoy a healthy life.
CLICK ON THE TITLE ABOVE TO DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE
Public Health England Resource
This is a fantastic resource featuring content co-created with young people. Designed for ages 11-16 and aims to delay and prevent them from engaging in exploratory risky behaviours and promote good mental health. The resources have been accredited by the PSHE Association and the first phase covers: CLICK ON THE LOGO ABOVE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT:
- Exam stress
- Body Image in a digital world
- Online stress
- Forming positive relationships
- Bullying and cyberbullying
The Little Book of Mental Health Life Hacks - How to look after your own mental health. Written by the Somerset Young Mental Health Champions
Time to Change - Small things can make a big difference mental health
Time to Change - #nojudgement
Teenage mental health crisis: Rates of depression have soared in the past 25 years - How has society managed to produce a generation of teenagers in which mental health problems are so prevalent?
Pooky Knightsmith - Why we need to talk about self-harm. Pooky's opinions. She hopes to sway any reluctant colleagues that we really do need to have these important discussions.
The Children's Society - We all need to keep poverty in mind
Instagram 'worst for young mental health' - A UK Snapshot Survey has suggested that Instagram is the worst social media platform, when it comes to its impact on young people's mental health. Mental health charities have urged companies to act on increasing user safety.
My 'Mental Health Manifesto' for Britain's Schoolchildren. An interesting article by the Government's first mental health champion.
Mental Health First Aid England - An educational course which teaches people to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue.
Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline - provides a safe, supportive, non-judgemental and informative space for people who self harm, their friends, families and carers
Voices of children: "Are they shouting because of me?"
Much of the research into the impact on children of living in households with domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and mental health is from the perspective of adults – with limited insights from children themselves. We wanted to hear directly from children what it was like to live in these households. This article (July 2018) highlights the voices of children living in households with domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and mental health issues. Click here to view the full article.
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