Did you know that it's Mental Health Awareness Week this week? It's from the 14th - 20th May and provides an opportunity to get talking about mental health and wellbeing. There is a wealth of resources available and we've selected just a few below to help you get started. The list is not exhaustive but we hope it is useful
- Anna Freud Centre's child mental health experts have also developed a booklet: ‘Supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools’, a series of expert advice films which offer practical guidance about what teachers can do in the classroom to support mental health, and what to do if they are concerned about a child and a leaflet for parents and carers offering tips to talking mental health with children.
- Anna Freud have developed some classroom resources including lesson plans, films and case studies about how to implement them and help talk about mental health in schools
Whole School resources
- The National Children's Bureau have developed a whole-school toolkit for schools to help them tackle mental health problems
- The Department for Education have produced a publication about tackling mental health in schools after working with a number of schools
- Heads Together: Mentally Healthy School - a website which has many resources for schools to use including teaching resources, tips and many other support documents to help your school
- MindEd is a free educational resource and e-learning on children and young people's mental health for all adults
Support for parents
- YoungMinds have a free helpline for parents about mental health. You can call on 0808 802 5544.
- Internet Matters have produced a helpful list of wellbeing apps for children
- Place2Be have some tips for parents about supporting their child
- YoungMinds have a parent survival guide
- Internet Matters have a list of experts take on cyberbullying and the impact it has on mental health and how to support your child
Direct support for young people
- NHS Moodzone has lots of information and tools about supporting your mental health
- Moodscope offer a tool to help measure your mood as well as an excellent daily blog you can receive via email and highly recommended by us.
Bullying and Mental Health
ABA worked with Anna Freud Centre in 2014 to develop guidance for schools about the impact of bullying on mental health after consulting with young people. It has an accompanying presentation school leaders can use in training