Mentally Healthy Schools is a free website for primary schools across the UK, offering school staff, parents and carers, information, advice and practical resources to better understand and promote pupils’ mental health and wellbeing.
The site is divided into five key sections:
- Getting started: a starting point for school staff and leaders to gain a solid understanding of what mental health is and tips on how to begin promoting good mental health and wellbeing in their schools.
- Resource library: access hundreds of quality-assured resources, including lesson plans, assembly ideas, classroom activities, and PSHE resources to support and assist in understanding, teaching and learning about general mental health and wellbeing.
- Risks and protective factors: a look at the factors that can challenge and undermine a child’s mental health, including bullying, social media, changes to family circumstances and more. This section includes information on how to identify pupils who may be at risk, and provides practical resources to help support pupils and build resilience.
- Mental health needs: focuses on children who are struggling or who have a mental health problem. It helps schools understand the supportive role they can play and provides strategies – as well as tips and advice – on how they can help pupils.
- Whole-school approach: helps school leaders develop strategies, policies and wider support across the whole school to promote pupil and staff mental health and wellbeing.
Mentally Healthy Schools is a legacy project of the Heads Together mental health campaign.
You don't need to be a mental health expert to use Mentally Healthy Schools.