Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
The Anna Freud National Centre has a mission to transform the experience of children, young people and their families with mental health.
They have published a series of resources to help support school staff and to provide them with information about how to work with children and young people, including those with SEN. These resources can be found on their website.
In addition, they have published a series of resources to help support parents and carers minimize the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people. These resources can be found on their website.
They have put together advice sheets and guides for parents and carers, examples of which can be downloaded below.
The Children's Sleep Charity
Feeling relaxed is important in the run-up to bedtime for both parents and children. If a child is experiencing difficulties sleeping, it can make both the parents and child feel anxious. The Children’s Sleep Charity have put together relaxation tips for bedtime which can be downloaded below.
Young Minds have produced an activity for staff and children to try together. 'Balancing Act' enables school staff and pupils to identify times, people and conditions that may help them to cope and feel more settled when things get tough. It can be downloaded below.
The Mind website has information about mental health and wellbeing for young people and how they can find support. Mind has information for young people to help them understand how they are feeling; how they can find support; how they can talk to their friends and family about their mental health and much more.
DfE: Teacher Guidance on Mental Wellbeing
These Department for Education resources for primary and secondary schools are designed to help train staff about teaching mental wellbeing. This initial training module supports the physical health and mental wellbeing section of the statutory Relationships, Sex and Health Education curriculum. It is the first of a series of 14 modules from the Government, with the aim of supporting schools to implement the new subject guidance.
The mental wellbeing teacher training module will help subject leads and teachers understand what they should teach, and improve their confidence in delivering mental wellbeing as part of the new curriculum.
The resources are available here.
Public Health England
Public Health England have produced a range of resources to support pupil's physical and mental wellbeing. Resources include lesson plans, PowerPoints, classroom tips, activities and embedded videos. The lesson plans include:
- What to do about worry? Lesson plan pack for Year 6
- Transition to secondary school: Lesson plan pack for KS2
- Social media: Lesson plan pack for Year 6, KS3 and KS4
- Sleep lesson: Lesson plan pack for Year 6, KS3 and KS4
The lesson plans are available from their website here.