Here are some useful resources to help you support the young people you work with in nurturing positive mental health:

  1. Young Minds
    URL: https://youngminds.org.uk

From the site:

We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find.

Together, we are changing this. We’re fighting for young people’s mental health. Join our fight.

2. Time to Change

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/resources

From the site:

We are a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems.

3. Mentally healthy schools

URL: https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk

FROM THE SITE:

Mentally Healthy Schools is a free website for primary schools, offering school staff information, advice and practical resources to better understand and promote pupils’ mental health and wellbeing.

One in 10 primary school children aged five to 10 has an identifiable mental health condition – that’s around three children in every class. Among this age group, boys are twice as likely as girls to have a mental health problem.  

The move to secondary school sees an increase in the number of children struggling, with one in seven children aged 11 to 16 having an identifiable mental health condition. However, during these teen years, boys and girls are equally likely to be affected. 

While more than half of all mental health problems are established by the age of 14, the factors that can put a child more at risk of developing a mental health problem can often be identified much earlier. If a child who is at risk isn’t given early support, they may go on to develop a mental health problem. 

Early intervention is key to giving young people the best start in life. This website aims to give primary school staff the information and practical resources they need to best support pupils. 

Mentally Healthy Schools was launched in 2018 by the Duchess of Cambridge as a legacy of the Heads Together campaign. The website is a collaboration between three of the UK’s leading child mental health and education charities.

The site is divided into four sections:

4. Make it Count from the Mental Health Foundation

URL: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-schools-make-it-count

From the site:

Good mental health is fundamental to be able to thrive in life. If we’re not tackling mental health problems early, then we risk failing the next generation right at the start of their lives.

More and more schoolchildren are struggling to cope with their mental health. Amidst rising rates of depression, anxiety and self-harm in children and young people, we are launching our new Make it Count campaign, because mental health is not extracurricular.

5. Beacon House
URL: beaconhouse.org.uk

From the site:

Beacon House is an integrated mental health and occupational therapy service offering a range of assessments and therapies for children, families, and adults.

And finally, this roundup from Teachwire.net might give you some further ideas for resources, media and lesson plans.

https://www.teachwire.net/news/world-mental-health-day-teaching-resources