Mentally Healthy Schools is an easy to use website for primary schools, offering teachers and school staff information, advice and practical resources to understand and promote pupils’ mental health and wellbeing.
1 in 10 children have an identifiable mental health condition, and more than half of mental health issues in adults begin before they are 14. Extra help in school can make a significant difference in a person's life. This website aims to give teachers and school staff the practical resources they need in order to support pupils.
Launched by The Duchess of Cambridge as a legacy of the Heads Together Campaign, the UK’s leading child mental health and education experts from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Place2Be and YoungMinds have worked in partnership with The Royal Foundation.
Together they have curated over 600 resources on this website, all reviewed and quality-assured by experts in the sector. In each section across the site you will find jargon free information, practical signposts, support and advice, easy to use lesson plans, activities, assemblies and more.
You don't need to be a mental health expert to use Mentally Healthy Schools - it has been designed with teachers in mind.
What the site covers
The site is divided into four sections:
- Teaching resources: quality-assured lesson plans, assembly plans and PSHE resources to support and assist in teaching and learning about general mental health and wellbeing.
- Risks and protective factors: a look at the issues which can undermine a child’s mental health, including bullying, family breakdown and more. Includes information on identifying pupils who may be at risk and practical resources to help support and build resilience.
- Mental health needs: focuses on children who are struggling or are mentally unwell. It helps schools understand your role and how you can help promote your pupils' recovery.
- Whole-school approach: helps school leaders develop the wider support across the school to help children, families and staff thrive.
Most of the resources are free, and all have been quality-assured by experts. However, there are a small number of evaluated, mostly licensed programmes that carry a fee, but have strong evidence of benefiting children – either through promoting children’s social and emotional skills, or preventing or helping children recover from poor mental health.
We are not expecting staff to become mental health experts. If you are concerned about a child’s safety or wellbeing please follow your usual safeguarding procedures and consult with your designated safeguarding lead or local authority. Please also see our tips on where to seek further advice.
A message from HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
We are delighted to be working with our Heads Together charity partners in developing this site:
The site is based on the best available research. Both the content and resources listed have passed through a rigorous quality assurance* process involving clinical and educational experts from our charity partners, as well as broader specialists in the field, to make sure they are:
- Clear, accurate and convey a positive message about mental health.
- Age and key stage appropriate.
- Clinically safe.
- Evidence-informed or based on Early Intervention Foundation criteria.
- Suitable for all children.
- Up to date.
Academic references have not been included in the text to keep the information accessible. Most key references underpinning the information can be found in the Centre for Mental Health’s ‘Missed Opportunities’ report, which helped inform the need for, and development of, the site.
We know that there may be additional, useful resources that have not been identified. We are asking website users to send in recommendations, which will then be subject to the same quality assurance process we've used for all resources listed.
Find out more about levels of evidence we've used on the site.
*Despite the rigorous quality assurance process for the resources, content and third-party services featured on the site, we cannot take responsibility for recommendations, links to other websites, resources or content on third party sites.
Submitting a new resource
If you have a resource to recommend for inclusion on Mentally Healthy Schools, please let us know by completing the online form.
All submissions will be reviewed for inclusion based on the website quality assurance criteria. Please make sure to read these carefully before completing and submitting the form.
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