Mental health and wellbeing in schools

Being mentally healthy is about being happy, being able to enjoy school or work, friendships and relationships as well as being able to cope in difficult situations. 

Over the past few years, children and young people have faced many difficult challenges brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, those who support and educate our children and young people have faced numerous hurdles.

A range of resources are available at a national and local level that promote good mental health and wellbeing for school-age children.

National resources

Organisations and public bodies across the country provide guidance, information and resources for teachers and professionals. 

Mental Health in Schools Toolkit

Transformation Partners in Health and Care have created a mental health toolkit that offers a one-stop support and resources for school leaders, staff,  health professionals and commissioners. The toolkit includes practical guidance and advice on the whole-school approachand a range of teaching resources.

Public Health England guidance 

Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeingdescribes eight principles of a whole-school or college approach to promoting mental health and wellbeing.

If applied consistently and comprehensively, the principles will help contribute towards protecting and promoting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. 

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

This charity offers support, training and resources to help children and young people, their families and health professionals to combat mental health challenges. This includes:

The centre also runs the Mentally Healthy Schools website that provides free quality-assured mental health resources, information and advice. This includes:

Elsa Support

Elsa Support provides downloadable resources, and a range of complementary printed products, that support the teaching of emotional literacy or emotional intelligence by Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs).

Dove Self-Esteem project - Confident Me

Training videos and lesson plans that can help students to develop a positive body image are available in the Confident Me school resources.

Crisis Tools

Anyone who may find themselves supporting a young person in crisis including parents, carers and professionals will find Crisis Tools guidance and resources helpful.

MindEd - elearning to support healthy minds

The MindEd Hub has over 400 different sessions of  mental health and wellbeing learning for education settings including Place2Be, Anna Freud centre and more.  For sessions aimed at parents and carers visit MindEd for families. 

NSPCC guidance for children with autism

Talking PANTS is part of NSPCC's approach to simple conversations to keep your child safe from abuse. This guide is for parents and carers with children with autism.  

Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening (DEAL)

Samaritans has created DEAL - a free resource for teachers. It's designed to help resilience in young people and offers lesson plans and other downloadable materials. 

Junior Citizen Scheme

This initiative is aimed at giving young children the skills to deal with a wide range of emergent situations and to enable them to make a valued contribution to their local community through good citizenship. Find out more about the scheme.

Promoting good sleep

The Sleep Charity offers advice, education or support for children, teenagers and adults or workplaces to ensure everyone has a good night's rest. 

Other national resources

The following resources are also available from national organisations. 

Mental health services in Wandsworth

There are many local services in Wandsworth which can support the mental health and wellbeing of residents, including young people.

Education welfare

The Education Welfare Service is provided by the Family Information Service in Wandsworth. It supports schools, children and their families to raise achievement by promoting high levels of school attendance and punctuality, working to prevent truancy and disengagement from school. 

The Wandsworth Primary Model United Nations General Assembly (MUNGA)

MUNGA is a unique enrichment programme for pupils in years five and six. It involves a borough-wide inter-school debating competition on current global issues.

Support from the council 

Visit our mental health pages to find out more about the advice and guidance that is available.