- Advice for schools and colleges
- Schools in Mind booklets
- Running an Alternative Provision during lockdown
- Mental health and the coronavirus research bite #1
- Mentally Healthy Schools
- Additional support
Advice for schools and colleges
School and colleges are having to work in new ways and develop new relationships in the lockdown. We have published a series of resources to help support staff and to provide them with information about how to work with children and young people, include those with SEN, and materials to share with parents and carers.
Schools in Mind booklets
Our Schools in Mind team have compiled a range of guidance and advice to help those working in a school or college setting. Please click on the booklets below to download.
Supporting schools and colleges
Supporting the most vulnerable children and young people
Managing unexpected endings and transitions
Supporting staff wellbeing in schools
Looking after each other and ourselves
Helping children and young people to manage anxiety
7 ways to support children and young people who are worried
Join Schools in Mind
Schools in Mind is a free network for school staff and allied professionals which shares practical, academic and clinical expertise regarding the wellbeing and mental health issues that affect schools. The network provides a trusted source of up-to-date and accessible information and resources that school leaders, teachers and support staff can use to support the mental health and wellbeing of the children and young people in their care.
Register to join the free Schools in Mind network.
Running an Alternative Provision during lockdown
This practical guide, developed by Pears Family School, founded by the Anna Freud Centre, is for Alternative Provisionwho are continuing to operate during the Coronavirus outbreak.
It offers an example of how to assess which students can be safely cared for at home; how to support vulnerable children and families; and how to work with families and deliver a balanced curriculum, structure and routine at home.
Mental health and the coronavirus research bite #1
Self-management strategies for young people experiencing anxiety
Many strategies have been suggested for helping with anxiety, including social support, apps, exercise, the arts, relaxation and mindfulness.
Evidence suggests that online courses (e.g. computerised CBT) and various kinds of physical exercise could help young people who are feeling anxious. However, many of the self-management strategies available to young people haven’t been evaluated, or where they have, often there isn’t strong enough evidence to help us understand their effectiveness. This doesn’t mean that these strategies aren’t useful for young people who are struggling with anxiety, it mostly means they haven’t been explored enough through research. Motivation is quite important in the success of interventions so young people being able to choose strategies they enjoy might help.
Download and share our research bite
Click to view the Centre's previous research What Works for Me: The self-care approaches used by children and young people or to view our self-care resource for young people which was written by young people.
Mentally Healthy Schools
Toolkits for primary schools
Mentally Healthy Schools features a range of quality-assured mental health and wellbeing resources for primary school staff, parents, carers and children.
To support school staff, parents and carers during these uncertain times the Mentally Healthy Schools team are producing fortnightly, curated toolkits of useful, practical resources.
The toolkits have covered many different topics including how to talk to children about coronavirus, managing anxiety and improving wellbeing during this time and supporting vulnerable children and children with SEND.
Access and download the toolkits on the Mentally Healthy Schools website.