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Mentally Healthy Schools – access quality-assured information, advice and resources on mental health and well-being

Mentally Healthy Schools offers schools access to information, advice and resources to support their pupils' mental health. 

This website is a fantastic practical resource for schools, drawing together quality-assured and useful information, advice and resources into one place.

Mentally Healthy Schools is a legacy project of the Heads Together mental health campaign, supported by its charity partners Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Place2Be and YoungMinds, with expert guidance from Centre for Mental Health and advice and support from NAHT.

What the site covers

Mentally Healthy Schools provides a range of expert and practical information and resources to help all school staff understand, promote and deal confidently with children's mental well-being.

The site provides an introductory 'getting started' section for both primary settings  and secondary settings, and splits its resources into four sections:

  • Resource library: provides a range of resources available to build schools' abilities to promote and build pupils' good mental health with a range of quality-assured teaching resources
  • Risks and protective factors: helps school staff to understand the risk factors that may challenge and undermine children's mental health and to understand what they can do to help build good mental health resilience, and reduce the risks that can harm children's mental health
  • Mental health needs: focuses on children who have become mentally unwell or have another condition that may impair their ability to thrive and learn without further support or adjustment from schools. It includes information on different conditions that might affect children, behavioural indicators, and the strategies that schools can employ to support pupils
  • Whole-school approach: provides information on what a whole-school approach involves, and gives guidance to help school leaders to implement a whole-school approach to mental health and well-being.
First published 15 March 2021

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NAHT Life gives you the opportunity to continue your membership of the biggest union for school leaders both in post and in retirement.


NAHT Life focuses on helping retired members receive excellent trade union services and allows you to continue to play an active volunteer role within NAHT regions and branches, if that’s what you choose to do!

Please note to qualify for the benefits of NAHT Life membership you must join NAHT life within six months of retiring. 

Please ensure NAHT has your correct post-retirement contact details.

NAHT is currently reviewing, renewing and refreshing its services to support NAHT life member.

The Life Members' Sector Council (LMSC)

Whether leaving a labour of love or embracing a life of leisure, there can be no doubt that retirement from school leadership marks a huge change in lifestyle. There will be adjustments to make, new challenges to take and a range of new opportunities. At a time like this, it is important that our experienced members do not lose all the support they received in their working life. Our life members’ committee is here to ensure members are supported in retirement.

This committee feeds its extensive wealth of experience and know-how to support the work of NAHT. It also gives our life members the chance to make important contributions to our campaigns for working members.  

The committee, which meets four times a year, is made up of one elected representative from each of our regions, with the addition of one place each for Northern Ireland and Wales. And these elected committee members, normally, serve a three-year term.

Areas of focus for the committee include the following: 

  • Current legislation issues eg pension provision
  • Action against discrimination, including age discrimination.
LMSC chair

John Killeen (National Executive member): john.killeen@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC vice-chair

Nigel Patton: nigel.patton@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC communications officer

Michael Wilson: Michael.wilson@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC deputy communications officer

Eugene Symonds: eugene.symonds@nahtofficials.org.uk

Committee servicing officer

Frances Geddes has the responsibility for working closely with the LMSC as servicing officer. She can be contacted via email frances.geddes@naht.org.uk.

For further details and contact information about all current LMSC members please check out ‘Who’s who’ and the ‘List of LMSC members'.

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Join now - Life Membership 
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