Teacher guidance & lesson plans — updated for 2019

Our guidance on teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing through PSHE education was originally produced under a Department for Education grant, and has been fully updated and relaunched for 2019 to match the government’s new statutory PSHE requirements regarding Health Education, Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).

The accompanying suite of 18 lesson plans and resources for key stages 1 to 4 is designed to be used in conjunction with our Teacher Guidance (in fact it is essential to consult the Guidance before delivering the lessons!). Topics include teaching children how to describe emotions, discuss their anxieties and worries, and develop coping strategies. Lessons aimed at key stages 3 and 4 also cover eating disorders, self-harm and depression and anxiety. The materials have been fully updated for 2019, and new PowerPoint versions published exclusively for PSHE Association members.

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Our guidance has been fully updated and relaunched for 2019, covering key aspects of teaching about mental health effectively and safely, including:


  • Why teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing is important
  • Key principles for teaching it safely and confidently
  • Building mental health and emotional wellbeing into a planned PSHE programme
  • Addressing challenging mental health issues

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We have re-designed and relaunched our mental health lesson plans for key stages 1 to 4 in line with our updated teacher guidance and in time for schools to plan for new statutory PSHE requirements regarding Health Education, Relationships Education and RSE.


These lesson plans will enable schools to cover relevant content from the government’s statutory Health Education, Relationships Education and RSE guidance.




Download lesson plans

PSHE Association members can download brand new PowerPoint versions of all mental health lesson plans, complete with:


  • Teacher-only slides with clear guidance notes to support you through lesson delivery
  • Student-facing slides to support engaging lessons






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