Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit

Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit

What Is Mental Health?

Mental health is a term which refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Our Mental Health affects how we think, feel, and act and is an indicator of how we handle stress, our relationships with people and sometimes even the choices we make.

What Is Wellbeing?

Wellbeing has been defined as the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy as well as our sense of purpose and how in control we feel.

Why Is this Toolkit Important for Diverse Educators?

It is now a well recognised fact that our Mental Health is as important as our physical health and that schools have a central role to play in enabling their pupils to be resilient and to support good mental health and wellbeing.

Teaching about Mental Health and Wellbeing is a core part of schools’ statutory curriculum delivery as well as protecting the wellbeing and mental health of staff. Both are now taken into account as part of Ofsted inspections.

In developing a whole school approach to mental wellbeing, we should seek to ask how inclusive and culturally sensitive are the school’s mental health processes and services in being appropriate and acceptable to all children and young people including from diverse families and from the LGBTQIA+ community.

The Diverse Educators’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit

We are collating a growing bank of resources to support you in reflecting on the following questions:
  • How do I develop a whole school approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing?
  • How do I support Staff Mental Health & Wellbeing?
  • How do I support Student Mental Health & Wellbeing?
  • How do I introduce Mental Health & Wellbeing into the Curriculum?
  • How do I practise Self care and life/work balance?
  • How do I ensure my school has an Inclusive approach to Mental Health & Wellbeing?

Articles

Department for Education

Quick Read: Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision.

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Department for Education

Mental health resources for children, students, parents, carers and school/college staff.

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Education Support

Teacher Burnout and how to avoid it.

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Education Support

Talking to Colleagues about their Mental Health & Wellbeing.

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Education Support

Teaching and the menopause: Your stories.

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Headteacher Update

Designated mental health leads: What should this new role look like?

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TES

How to support young children’s mental health.

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TES

Girls ‘face more mental health issues in secondary’

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Blogs

Chartered College of Teaching – Schools as congregations of Compassion: Rebuilding children’s mental wellbeing (Feb 2022)

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Clare Erasmus – Involving parents and the wider school community

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#CultureofWellbeing DGinset by Clare Erasmus

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Diverse Educators by Hannah Wilson - Taking an intersectional approach to understanding mental health and self-identity

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Mind – Diversity and difference – recognise that experiences of mental health problems vary across different groups and communities + 300 voices toolkit

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Optimus Education – Supporting teacher mental health: strategies for senior leaders

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Patrick Ottley O’Connor: Time for Men to ‘Woman Up’!

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#WellbeingDGmeet via Twitter 2017 - over 20 blogs to read

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Worth It by Liz Robson-Kelly – Building Resilience in Young People

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Books

Bethune, A (2018). Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom: A practical guide to teaching happiness and positive mental health

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Bethune, A & Kell, E (2020). A Little Guide for Teachers: Teacher Wellbeing and Self-care (A Little Guide for Teachers)

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Cowley, A. (2021). The Wellbeing Curriculum: Embedding children’s wellbeing in primary schools

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Erasmus, C. (2019). The Mental Health and Wellbeing Handbook for Schools: TransformingMental Health Support on a Budget

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Erasmus, C. (2021). The Designated Mental Health Lead Planner: A guide and checklist for the school year

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Fitzpatrick, C. (2015). A Short Introduction to Helping Young People Manage Anxiety

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Hulme, J. (2016). The School of Wellbeing: 12 Extraordinary Projects Promoting Children andYoung People’s Mental Health and Happiness

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Knightsmith, P. (2019). The Mentally Healthy Schools Workbook: Practical Tips, Ideas andWhole-School Strategies for Making Meaningful Change

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Lohmann, R.C. (2015). Teen Anxiety: A CBT and ACT Activity Resource Book for HelpingAnxious Adolescents

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Luxmoore, N. (2014). Essential Listening Skills for Busy School Staff: What to Say When YouDon’t Know What to Say

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North, J. (2013). Mindful Therapeutic Care for Children: A Guide to Reflective Practice

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Plummer, D. (2004). Helping Adolescents and Adults to Build Self-Esteem: A PhotocopiableResource Book

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Sayer, A. (2020). Supporting Staff Mental Health in Your School

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Kimberley Evans (Editor), Thérèse Hoyle (Editor), Frederika Roberts (Editor), Bukky Yusuf (Editor) (2021) The Big Book of Whole school Wellbeing

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Podcasts

Mentally Healthy Schools Anna Freud: Talking racism and mental health in schools podcast

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Optimus education Wellbeing Podcast – Teacher mental health

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The EdTech Podcast: What matters in Edtech and Wellbeing

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Resources

Creative Education – How to Become a Trauma Informed School

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Department for Education - Education staff wellbeing charter is a declaration of support for, and set of commitments to, the wellbeing and mental health of everyone working in education

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Innovating Minds – Self-harm: the hidden behaviour that many don't understand by Dr Asha Patel

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Innovating Minds – Understanding childhood trauma, attachment, and the effect that it has on learning

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Mentally Healthy Schools Anna Freud: Whole-school approach – A mentally healthy school is one that adopts a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing

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Mentally Healthy Schools Anna Freud: section on mental health needs

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Mentally Healthy Schools Anna Freud: Disability and Illness

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Mentally Healthy Schools Anna Freud: LGBTQI+ mental health

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Mentally Healthy Schools Anna Freud: How to start a conversation with children and young people about mental health

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PSHE Association: Teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing resources for KS1 - KS5 (Paid Membership required)

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Videos

Innovating Minds – Supporting Children with Loss and Grief by Mike Armiger

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Innovating Minds – The Designated Mental Health Lead planner – A Guide and Checklist for the school year

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Innovating Minds - Using Therapeutic Strategies in Educational Settings by Mary Meredith

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TES – How to embed wellbeing throughout your school (Subscription required)

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Worth-it Positive Education CIC – With guest Hannah Wilson. WHY Have Student Wellbeing AMBASSADORS in your school or college?

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