Guidance on preparing to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing

Guidance on preparing to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing

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Key issues are covered, including:

  • Why it is important to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Building teaching about mental health into a planned PSHE programme
  • Promoting wellbeing and resilience from an early age
  • Ensuring teaching is appropriate to the age and maturity of pupils
  • Key principles in teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing safely and confidently
  • Using visitors to the classroom to support lessons
  • Addressing challenging mental health issues such as eating disorders, self-harm and suicide

The lesson plans are designed to be used in conjunction with the guidance, with topics including teaching children how to describe emotions, talk about anxiety and worries, and develop coping strategies. Lessons aimed at key stages 3 and 4 also cover eating disorders, self-harm and depression and anxiety.

In producing these accompanying lesson plans, we have drawn on the Shropshire Respect Yourself Programme, authored by Alice Cruttwell, Public Health Curriculum Advisor. We are very grateful to her colleagues in the Children and Young People's Team of the Shropshire County Council Public Health Department and to Shropshire schools and their pupils for providing their feedback on the lessons.

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Date uploaded: 24 Nov 2017


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