AWARE - Year 9

The AWARE project will involve Year 9 pupils in 120 secondary schools across England, split between four hubs:

  • London
  • Greater Manchester
  • Bristol/Bath
  • Durham

Schools participating in the AWARE project will be randomly allocated to one of three conditions in October 2018:

1. Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM)

YAM is a mental health promotion programme delivered over a five-week period. It is delivered by a YAM instructor and YAM helper who are external professionals and who have received specialist training.

2. The Mental Health and High Schools Curriculum Guide (The Guide)

The Guide is a six-week mental health curriculum which provides a complete set of educational tools to increase understanding of mental health and mental disorders among both pupils and teachers. It is delivered by class teachers within school settings.

3. Usual Practice

Schools allocated to the Usual Practice group will not be required to deliver a specific mental health intervention during the programme (June 2018 – Jan 2020). These schools will complete the data collection for the AWARE project (pupil and staff surveys) and will be compared to those that delivered YAM or The Guide, helping us examine the effects of each mental health intervention. 

Following completion of the project (after February 2020) Usual Practice schools will be able to send up to five members of staff on a mental health and wellbeing training.