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.
This is be an ongoing series of films.
What is mental wellbeing, why should schools measure it and how do they decide which measures to use? The Anna Freud Learning Network recently filmed trainer Lee Atkins delivering our 'Measuring and Monitoring Children and Young People's Mental Wellbeing' training as part of our on-going support for schools. This video supports the free 'Measuring Wellbeing Toolkit' also available through this site.
This toolkit aims to raise awareness amongst school and college staff of the range of validated tools that are available to help measure subjective mental wellbeing amongst the student population. This, in turn, will help school and college leaders make use of school and college level data to identify the mental wellbeing needs of students and determine how best to address these.
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has produced a booklet for primary and secondary schools to support all staff working in school settings to understand how best to help children and young people in their care.
The booklet, developed with our child mental health experts, explains in simple terms what to do if you are worried about a child or young person in your school, and includes information on a range of topics including anxiety, low mood and self-harm.
The Talking Mental Health Teacher Toolkit and Animation aim to give children an understanding of what mental health is and the difference between every day small feelings and a big feeling, the consistent and accessible language to talk about mental health and an understanding of how to be a good listener.
The free Teacher Toolkit, aimed at primary schools, includes a lesson plan, an assembly plan, a set of cross-curricular activities alongside a range of resources.
This free leaflet, which features an introduction from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, provides simple advice and guidance to parents and carers about how to make conversations about their child's feelings part of everyday conversation.
The leaflet was developed by the Centre's child mental health experts and is supported by a video featuring Dr. Sheila Redfern.