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PSHE & Emotional Health and 
Mental Wellbeing

A range of resources to support your schools PSHE curriculum and the emotional health and mental wellbeing of your pupils, staff and families.

Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)

 The PSHE Association Membership

The PSHE Association is the national body for PSHE education and a membership association and charity.  They support 60,000 teachers and schools with resources, training, guidance and advice.  Membership is £145 per year for a school and £60 per year for an individual (February 2024).  It offers a library of quality assured resources; training and events; emails with resources, top-tips and policy updates; personalised support from Subject Specialists and a community of PSHE professionals. (The PSHE Association)

 The PSHE Association Resources

Free to members, these quality assured teaching resources for keys stages 1 to 5 cover Physical health including healthy eating, drug and alcohol education, sleep and dental health; Mental health; Growing and changing including puberty; Personal safety; Relationships and sex education; Bullying and discrimination; Media and digital literacy; Money and careers and Community and responsibility.  (The PSHE Association)

Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing

 Tower Hamlets Mental Health Support for Children & Young People Directory

Tower Hamlets mental health support for children and young people is a directory of services available for young people in Tower Hamlets to access to support their mental wellbeing.  (Tower Hamlets Mental Health Support for Children & Young People)

 Mental Health Lesson Plans & Guidance KS 1-4

FREE TO MEMBERS – A collection of resources to support mental health provision in schools for all key stages, including Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Packs for KS1-4.  Containing lesson plans, teacher guidance and statutory RSHE, for key stage 1-2, lessons cover how to manage different feelings, talk about emotions, manage change, loss and grief and manage the transition to secondary school.  For key stages 3-4, lessons cover managing online pressures; challenging mental health stigma; promoting emotional wellbeing; recognising and getting help for issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, depression and anxiety; and how to reframe negative thinking.  There is also a separate planning framework for pupils with SEND, broken down by key stage.  (The PSHE Association)

 NHS Every Mind Matters Resources

NHS Every Mind Matters is part of the Better Health campaign.  These free mental health resources can help teachers deliver lessons that engage primary and secondary pupils on a variety of key health issues including smoking, kindness, self-care, building connections, worry, sleep, unhelpful thoughts, dealing with change, puberty, body image in a digital world and exam stress.  (NHS, Better Health, Every Mind Matters)

 Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families Resources

The Anna Freud National Centre has a mission to transform the experience of mental health for children, young people and their families.  They have published a series of free 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.  There is also a 5 Steps to Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework that offers a whole setting approach developing mental health and wellbeing.  (Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families)

 Mentally Healthy Schools Resources Hub

Run by Anna Freud, Mentally Healthy Schools is a free resource hub for UK primary and secondary schools and further education settings, offering school staff information, advice and practical resources to better understand and promote pupil’s mental health and wellbeing.  Signposting a range of resources from sector leading organisations, they can be filtered by age, topic and more to find the right resource.  (Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families)

 Mind Information & Advice

Mind is a mental health charity offering information and advice to people with mental health problems and works to raise public awareness and understanding of issues relating to mental health.  They have free information and advice for young people aged 11-18 years old if you are seeking support for yourself; if you are supporting a friend or partner and if you are a parent or carer supporting a young person. (Mind)

 Kooth Counselling Service & Support

Kooth is a free online mental health and wellbeing service available to all young people in Tower Hamlets aged 11-25 years old.  It is a self-referral service where young people have access to fully qualifies online counsellors until 10pm every day of the year.  There is also a range of other support including an online interactive magazine, discussion boards, self-help tools, wellbeing activities as well as a range of parent and carer resources.  (Kooth)

 Papyrus: Prevention of Young Suicide Helpline & Resources

Papyrus: Prevention of Young Suicide is the UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.  They support young people directly and those who are worried about a young person including professionals.  They offer a free 24/7 suicide prevention helpline, supporting young people, concerned others and professionals via phone, text, email and webchat.  They also have a broad range of help and advice resources including coping techniques, conversation starters, distraction techniques and dealing with anxiety.  (Papyrus: Prevention of Young Suicide)

 Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training Courses

North East London Public Health and not for profit sector workforce, which includes Tower Hamlets staff, can access funded training programmes to support local mental health and suicide prevention for adults and young people (based on availability).  Topics related to young people’s mental health include awareness and understanding of autism; suicide prevention; self-harm and becoming a Youth Mental Health First Aid.  (Papyrus: Prevention of Young Suicide)

 Thrive LDN Online Suicide Prevention Training

Thrive LDN has partnered with The Zero Suicide Alliance to create the #ZeroSuicideLDN campaign.  Launched by the Mayor of London in 2019, the citywide campaign aims to encourage Londoners to access the Zero Suicide Alliance’s free online suicide prevention training.  The training takes around 20 minutes and is designed to help people identify warning signs and feel comfortable having conversations about suicide with family and friends. (Thrive LDN)