Mentally Healthy Schools is a free website for all primary, secondary and FE settings across the UK. It offers school staff and parents & 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 guidance section for teachers and leaders to understand mental health and its place in school and college settings.
- Resource library: quality-assured lesson plans, assembly plans and PSHE resources to support and assist in teaching and learning about general mental health and wellbeing as well as specific topics.
- Risks and protective factors: a look at the issues which can undermine a child’s mental health, including bullying, family breakdown and more. Includes information on identifying pupils who may be at risk and practical resources to help support and build resilience.
- Mental health needs: focuses on the specific types of mental health difficulties children may struggle with. It helps school and college settings understand their role and what they can do to promote pupils' recovery.
- Whole-school approach: helps school leaders develop the wider support across the school to help children, families and staff thrive.
You don't need to be a mental health expert to use Mentally Healthy Schools. The website gives primary, secondary and FE education staff the information and guidance they need to best support their pupils.
If you’re new to Mentally Healthy Schools, there are a number of user guides available to help you navigate the website and find the information you need.
Mentally Healthy Schools is a legacy project of the Heads Together mental health campaign.