Taking the mental health of children as seriously as we do their physical health is essential.
• 1 in 10 children experience a mental health difficultly by age 11
• And more than half of all mental health problems in adult life start by the age of 14
These problems can have a long lasting impact on a person’s life, and teachers play an important role in supporting the children in their care.
But with so many resources available to teachers online, finding the right ones to use can be difficult, so we have developed ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’.
Working with our charity partners YoungMinds, Place2Be and Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, and with expert guidance from NAHT and Centre for Mental Health, we have developed a free and easy to use website. It provides reliable and tested resources suitable for the classroom, which will help primary school teachers promote and support their pupils mental well being.
Mentally Healthy Schools is currently being piloted in a selection of schools. It will become available to every primary school in England shortly, and to schools in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in due course.
Check out https://www.headstogether.org.uk/ for more info.