Teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing as part of a developmental PSHE education programme can support pupils to develop the skills, language and knowledge they need to keep themselves and others healthy and safe.
To mark World Mental Health Day on October 10th we have produced a new ‘mental health teaching checklist’ resource to help you ensure the safety of your pupils when addressing these topics.
We'd also like to highlight a number of other resources that we've created for you, including a set of ground rules for teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing as well as tips on talking to pupils when they make mental health disclosures.
In addition to this, you might be interested in the ‘Stop Stigma’ resource from Cornwall Healthy Schools team, designed to support secondary school teachers to better explore and challenge stigma and prejudice towards those with mental health problems. ‘Stop Stigma’ has achieved our Quality Mark for best practice PSHE teaching resources.
Later this month, look out for Samaritans updated DEAL (Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening) resources, which we have also quality assured. These resources will be free for schools and colleges and are aimed at students aged 14 and up. We’ll alert you when these updated versions are available.
We know from our 2014 annual member survey that issues relating to pupil mental health are of primary concern to our members, as they are for parents, so we will continue to produce and highlight resources to support your teaching of these issues over the coming year.
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