Expert Advice and Guidance
Over 50% of mental illnesses start before the age of 14 and 1 in 10 children and young people has a mental health disorder.
Schools are on the frontline when it comes to supporting children and young people's mental wellbeing. Staff working in schools are ideally placed to recognise and respond to early signs of mental health difficulties in children and young people. The below series of films, featuring some of the Centre's child mental health experts, aim to provide help and guidance to teachers on a range of issues including low mood, anxiety and self-harm.
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Cyra Neave, Senior Clinician at the Anna Freud Centre, shares information about anxiety and how you can support a child or young person experiencing anxiety in an education setting.
Young People and Traumatic Events
David Trickey explains how school staff can support children and young people who have experienced a traumatic event.
The Adolescent Brain: Understanding Behaviour
Dr. Dickon Bevington explains the changes that are happening during adolescent brain development and how they can impact upon behaviour.
The Adolescent Brain: Practical Advice for Schools
Dr. Dickon Bevington explains how school staff can support adolescents who are going through changes in their brain which can impact upon behaviour.
Liz Cracknell gives advice to school staff about helping young people in their schools who may be using substances such as drugs or alcohol.
Staff Wellbeing in Schools
Claire Ely speaks about the importance of school staff looking after their own wellbeing, and how senior leaders can support this.
Emma Morris gives advice to school staff about helping young people who may be experiencing sleep problems.
Dr. Peter Fuggle gives advice to school staff who may be working with a child they suspect is self-harming.
Personal Experience of a Young Champion
Michelle, one of the Centre's Young Champions, talks about her personal experiences and how schools may have been able to help more.