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Broader school staff

For change to be effective mental health and wellbeing needs to be a core thread that weaves through all school activity and everyone’s roles and responsibilities.

This includes support staff, teaching staff, senior leaders and governors

Every contact 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. This means that all staff should:

  • Understand their contribution towards helping children build strong social and emotional coping skills and resilience as a solid foundation for dealing with life’s ups and downs.
  • Model positive, empathetic and kind behaviours as well as good social and emotional skills. Build confident, open, healthy and trusting relationships with children to help them feel safe and strengthen their resilience.
  • Help children understand and manage their emotions as well as know when and how to seek advice.
  • Reflect on and understand what factors might be driving difficulties with behaviour, emotions or learning.
  • Be alert to signs that a child may be in distress. Notice those who may need extra help early; asking how they are and linking children, as appropriate, with buddying/peer support, counselling/other school-based help, or external advice and help.
  • Feel confident about starting a conversation, knowing what to do or who to talk to next.
  • Support children during and after support or treatment so that they can continue to learn successfully.
  • Try the hardest and be the most persistent and patient with those children least engaged with staff and school.
  • Look after their own mental health and wellbeing and watch out for the mental health and wellbeing of colleagues; know where and how to get help and support.
  • Embrace professional learning opportunities and continuous development to reflect upon classroom relationships and strategies, and to improve and update knowledge of child mental health and wellbeing.

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Toxic stress derails healthy development

Toxic stress derails healthy development

A brief video introduction to why learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of...

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The impact of multiple risk factors

The impact of multiple risk factors

Animated video (5 mins) explaining the impact of multiple risk factors on children and strategies...

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Mental health in early childhood

A video (6 mins) on young children’s mental health and wellbeing from an Australian website which...

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Caring for the mental health of children and young people

Caring for the mental health of children and young people

An Australian video (2.5 minutes) on caring for the mental health needs of children and young...

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Reaching and teaching: promoting mental health

Reaching and teaching: promoting mental health

A US video (26 mins) for teachers on child mental health in school – including children with...

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  • Illinois State Board of Education

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Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools

Overview leaflet on common issues affecting children in school.

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Promoting staff wellbeing

Promoting staff wellbeing

A webinar exploring how to promote staff wellbeing in school settings.

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How resilience works

How resilience works

Video (2 mins) to visualize the science of resilience, and see how genes and experience interact to...

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