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Mental Health - Key Stage 3&4

Guidance, Resources and Articles

13 Things The Next Government Needs To Do To Improve Children’s Mental Health - Huffington Post

Children and young people’s mental health — The Role of Education:

Stroud Local Evaluation of the Gloucestershire Mental Health Services and Schools Link Pilot - Final report to NHS Gloucestershire CCG

Mental Health and PSHE Education Briefing - PSHE Association

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?


Time to Change - Small things can make a big difference mental health

Time to Change - #nojudgement 


Worlds Mental Health Facts bookmark 



This pack 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.

Wintston's Wish - the charity for bereaved children

Unexpected or Traumatic Death of a pupil document

NHS On Your Mind poster


Social Media

A rise in the use of computers and social media is having a negative impact on the health of young people, a study suggests. The report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) says the increased risks of spending too much time on devices such as a tablet or smartphone includes an impact on mental health and sleep deprivation.



Health warning over dramatic surge in young people's use of social media. RISING use of social media is having an adverse effect on the health of young people, say researchers from a Scottish university, and the challenges need to be addressed now. 


Self Harm

How to explain why you self-harm to people who don't understand - The Mighty

No Harm Done - Self-harm resources for young people 

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.



How To React When Your Friend Is Talking About Suicide - Refinery 29


A Lesson Plan on 'Depression'

What is Depression

This lesson is mainly discussion based to start to get students to become more aware of depression and to deepen their understanding of it. 

Little Red Book - Where to go for help on mental health and emotional wellbeing, or if you need someone to talk to

Mental Health PowerPoint for use in secondary schools  

Measuring and monitoring children and young people's mental wellbeing: A toolkit for schools and colleges - Public Health England

The Little Book of Mental Health Life Hacks - How to look after your own mental health. Written by the Somerset Young Mental Health Champions

Good Books for Tough Times ages 8-12


Feeling Good - Promoting Children's Mental Health

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. 

The Guardian - Children need to know stress is normal, not necessarily a mental health problem


Useful websites

Mind - for better mental health

Royal College of Psychiatrists - Improving the lives of people with mental illness.

MindEd - e-learning to support young healthy minds

Grassroots Suicide Prevention

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.

Alpha Wellbeing - Provides quality support for mental and emotional wellbeing through training and consultancy


0808 801 0606

Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline - provides a safe, supportive, non-judgemental and informative space for people who self harm, their friends, families and carers