Public Health England - Mental Wellbeing
What to do about worry
Help students to identify worry and actions they can take if they feel worried.
Using peer-to-peer discussion, videos and activities, students will identify what worry might feel or look like and describe different actions that a person can take if they are worried.
Support students to explore the topic of social media and learn actions a person can take to look after their wellbeing online and offline.
Using peer-to-peer discussion, videos and activities, students explore social media, evaluate how social media might impact wellbeing and understand the importance of balancing online and offline activity.
Encourage students to explore the benefits of sleep on the brain and the body as well as learn strategies for better quality sleep.
Using peer-to-peer discussion, videos and activities, students discover the importance of sleep and learn about simple actions that can improve a person’s quality of sleep.
Dealing with change
In this lesson, students explore the nature of change.
Using peer-to-peer discussion and activities, students will explore the nature of change, identify challenges that can arise in managing changing situations and learn where to get support
Transition to Secondary School
Help students consider the transition to secondary school and identify some of the challenges that can arise.
Using peer-to-peer discussion and activities, students will explore the transition to secondary school.
In this lesson, students learn the physical and emotional aspects of puberty.
Using peer-to-peer discussion and activities, students will be encouraged to examine the impact of puberty and find ways in which they can seek support if they are finding puberty challenging.
Bullying and Cyberbullying
In this lesson, students identify what being bullied means and the emotional impact it can have on someone.
Using peer-to-peer discussion, scenarios and videos, students explore different situations in which people can treat others in a negative way, as well as discover strategies to deal with hurtful types of behaviour.
Better Health - Every Mind Matters
Make Inside Feel Better
Public Health England are launching the Better Health - Every Mind Matters campaign to support the nation’s mental wellbeing with the encouragement that “When things aren’t so good out there, make inside feel better”. Aimed at adults, but weighted towards those most at risk of mental health problems, this “Make Inside Feel Better” 2021 phase of the campaign will run across PR, radio, social and digital. The key message will be to encourage people to create a free NHS-approved ‘Mind Plan’.
The partner resources will include a range of materials that will direct to the Mind Plan tool and drive to Every Mind Matters content on NHS.UK:
- Social media animations including a social toolkit
- Social statics
- Embedding instructions for the Mind Plan tool
- Web banners
The campaign is being supported by the NHS, local authorities and a range of mental health charities, health organisations as well as other charities and commercial sector partners.
The Every Mind Matters platform has been continuously updated to support people during the COVID-19 outbreak, and has a COVID-19 hub that includes tips and support on how to deal with change, cope with money worries and job uncertainty and how to look after your mental wellbeing while staying at home. It also includes practical tips and videos from experts on dealing with stress and anxiety, boosting your mood, sleeping better and what you can do to help others – including advice for parents and for children and young people.
Encourage students to explore the reasons why they should choose not to smoke and how to resist peer pressure to do so.
Using peer-to-peer discussion, videos and activities, students talk about scenarios where young people are encouraged or pressured to smoke and identify techniques for resisting this pressure.
Online stress and FOMO
In this lesson, students explore the impact of using social media and the stresses it can cause, including FOMO ('fear of missing out').
Using peer-to-peer activities based on Rise Above films, students will discuss how they might manage any online stress and understand the importance of asking for help when needed.
In this lesson, students explore the reasons why some young people choose to drink alcohol and the impact this can have on them.
Using peer-to-peer discussion, scenarios and videos, students will be encouraged to identify and assess the risks associated with underage or irresponsible drinking, and how to deal with pressure from peers.
In this lesson, students identify the signs and symptoms of exam stress and develop strategies to help them manage it.
Using the concept of designing an 'exam buddy' app, students develop helpful strategies for managing their own exam stress and learn how to be supportive of friends who may also be experiencing stress.
Body image in a digital world
Encourage students to explore what body image is, how social media can impact it and ways to reduce stress or anxiety caused by online pressures.
Using peer-to-peer discussion and activities, students discuss the impact of social media on body image and identify techniques for minimising stress that may arise from negative body image.
Forming positive relationships
In this lesson, students examine the nature of friendships, identify some of the challenges that can arise and how to provide effective peer support.
Developed with teachers and dental experts, these PowerPoint presentations use a simple science experiment to introduce the idea of how sugary drinks can affect teeth.
Official update: 6th April 2021
In response to the significant number of testimonials of sexual abuse and harassment were submitted to the website Everyone’s Invited this week the Government has launched a review into sexual abuse in schools which will be led by Ofsted. More information is available here Government launches review into sexual abuse in schools - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
A new dedicated helpline, run by the NSPCC, to support potential victims is now live. If you are concerned about something, you can contact the dedicated NSPCC helpline Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following resources are available which provide advice to schools about sexual violence and harassment between children for information and if you are asked by stakeholders;
Contextual Safeguarding Network School Assessment Toolkit School Assessment Toolkit (csnetwork.org.uk)