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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How to start a conversation with children about mental health

It can feel difficult to start a conversation with children about mental health. This may be because you don’t feel equipped with the information you think you may need, or lack confidence about how you even open up the conversation. Adults can also be concerned that they may not have the answers to children’s questions or that they might say something ‘wrong’.

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How to start a conversation with a parent/carer

School staff may need to open up a conversation with a parent or carer about a range of topics that might be affecting their child’s ability to flourish and achieve in school.

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Guidance for using resources

Learn how to use the resources on Mentally Healthy Schools with our simple guidance.

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