Guidance on teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing

Guidance on teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing


Teacher guidance — 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 in March 2019 to match the government’s new statutory PSHE requirements regarding Health Education, Relationships Education and RSE.

The guidance covers key aspects of teaching about mental health effectively and safely, including:

  • Why it is important to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Key principles in teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing safely and confidently
  • Building teaching on mental health into a planned PSHE programme
  • Addressing challenging mental health issues such as eating disorders, self-harm and suicide
 

Download mental health and emotional wellbeing guidance

 

Lesson plans and activities

This suite of lesson plans for key stages 1 to 4 is 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.

*PLEASE NOTE: We will shortly be publishing fully updated versions of these lesson plans in preparation for the statutory requirements, though schools can use the existing materials with confidence in the meantime.

 

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Date uploaded: 20 Mar 2019


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