Mental health and emotional wellbeing are repeatedly listed as areas of key concern whenever we survey our members. Concerns have also been widely reported in the media this year about the extent to which today’s children and young people suffer from mental health related issues.
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 this year’s World Mental Health Day we would therefore like to remind you about our comprehensive DfE funded resource on preparing to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing through PSHE education. This resource includes a core guidance document and a range of lesson plans for both primary and secondary schools.
Please also see our mental health teaching checklist and ground rules for teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing to help you to ensure the safety of your pupils when addressing this topic.
New Public Health England and AFNCCF toolkit for schools on measuring and monitoring children and young people's mental wellbeing
Such teaching on mental health should always be within the context of a whole-school approach based on pupils’ particular needs. With this in mind we would also like to highlight a free toolkit launched today by Public Health England and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) which is designed to help schools measure and monitor their pupils’ wellbeing.
The toolkit aims to:
- help schools and colleges think through why and how they might choose to measure student mental wellbeing
- encourage schools and colleges to make use of, and to signpost them to a range of validated (tried and tested/ robust) survey questions and instruments that can help them to do this.
- share insights from schools and colleges that are doing this already.
This toolkit will be of interest to PSHE education professionals, senior leadership teams and those with particular responsibilities for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), inclusion, welfare or pastoral support and mental health support. It will also be of interest to partners from the health, voluntary and community service sector who are supporting schools and colleges to improve mental health outcomes for children, young people and their families.