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

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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.
Updated on 15 March 2021