What's mental health?

Your mental health affects how you feel, think and act. It refers to your emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. Your mental health can change and fluctuate on a daily basis and over time, and can be affected by a range of factors.

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Social and emotional skills

Social and emotional skills can improve academic attainment, enhance pupils’ motivation, as well as promote wellbeing and help prevent mental health difficulties from developing.

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Getting started - teaching and support staff

Promoting good mental health and wellbeing in schools relies on every member of staff playing their part. Every interaction between a child and a staff member has to help, because anyone can hold a part of the jigsaw that could support a struggling child to move forward.

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Getting started – school leaders

Children’s mental health and wellbeing should be a core thread running through all school activities and should clearly link with whole-school priorities – school leaders, governors and trustees need to be the driving force behind this.

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