Resources

Mental Health and Wellbeing

A range of resources have been developed to enable schools greater support around the area of Mental Health and Resilience.

Links to resources from other organisations have also been provided if we think these will be useful for you.


If you are struggling to find resources around a related topic area, please do get in touch to let us know: healthyschool.training@cmft.nhs.uk

More than 1 in 10 children and young people now suffer from a common mental health disorder (YoungMinds, 2017). Manchester Healthy Schools is committed to supporting schools to develop early intervention and prevention strategies in order to develop the resilience and coping skills of children and young people.

Resources

Anna Freud - We All Have Mental Health: Animation & Teacher Toolkit 2018 - KS3 Assembly

Watch the 6 minute animation 'We All Have Mental Health' by Anna Freud and present alongside this prepared assembly.

This assembly aims to give young people:

  • Consistent and accessible language to talk about mental health
  • A better understanding of mental health self-care
  • To know who to ask for support when it is needed


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Anna Freud - We All Have Mental Health: Animation & Teacher Toolkit 2018 - KS3 Lesson

Watch the 6 minute animation 'We All Have Mental Health' by Anna Freud and present alongside this prepared lesson.

This lesson aims to give young people:

  • Consistent and accessible language to talk about mental health
  • A better understanding of mental health self-care
  • To know who to ask for support when it is needed


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Anna Freud- Supporting Staff Wellbeing in Schools (Booklet)

This has been developed with Anna Freud's mental health experts, and aims to offer practical guidance about what school staff and senior leaders can do to support their own and their colleagues' wellbeing. Topics featured include what can impact on or support wellbeing? What can supervision look like in schools? and How can senior leaders prioritise wellbeing?

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Body Image - RISE ABOVE LESSON PLAN AND POWERPOINT - PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND

Use this lesson plan, PowerPoint and accompanying videos to help students explore what body image is and how social media can influence it, and identify ways to reduce stress or anxiety caused by online pressure. Downloads include:

  • Body image lesson plan PDF
  • PowerPoint for use in class


This resource is only available for Manchester Schools

Charlie Walker - Looking after your mental well-being

A guide for Occupational Health Practitioners

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Charlie Walker - Taking care of your mental health

Looking after your own well-being as a health professional

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Children's Mental Health Week: 4th - 10th February 2019

This Children’s Mental Health Week, we’re taking steps to be healthy inside and out! Place2Be is encouraging children, young people and adults to look after their bodies and their minds – and you can join in! It doesn’t have to be difficult. Our bodies and minds are connected, so simple things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing too.

Interested in getting involved? Take a look at our free resources!

This resource is only available for Manchester Schools

Exam Stress - Rise Above Lesson Plan and Powerpoint - Public Health England

Use this lesson plan, PowerPoint and accompanying videos to teach students to identify the signs and symptoms of exam stress and recognise that it can affect young people, before, during and after an exam. Using the concept of designing an 'exam buddy' app to help them, students develop helpful strategies for managing their own exam stress and supporting friends who may also be experiencing stress. Downloads include:

  • Exam stress lesson plan PDF
  • Managing exam stress: tips and advice PDF
  • PowerPoint for use in class


This resource is only available for Manchester Schools

Future in Mind Report (2015)

This document, published by the Department of Health, makes a number of proposals to improve mental health services for young people by 2020. These include: tackling stigma and improving attitudes to mental illness, introducing more access and waiting time standards for services, establishing ‘one stop shop’ support services in the community, and improving access for children and young people who are particularly vulnerable.

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Future in Mind- Information for Children and Young People

This easy read version of the Future in Mind report provides an insight into how the Department of Health and the NHS are working together to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in England. It explains the five main ideas behind the report and why things need to change as well as the 2020 vision and how services can work together to make this happen.

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Guidance and Sign-posting

A list of external agencies who can support you in the areas of Mental Health&Resilience and Emotional Health and Wellbeing.

This resource is only available for Manchester Schools

Happy Being Me

A resource to promote positive body image in Year 5 and 6.

This resource is only available for Manchester Schools

KOOTH Cards

Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being service for children and young people, available free at the point of access. This prinatable card contains all of the key information about the support that Kooth can offer young people.

This resource is only available for Manchester Schools

KOOTH Information poster.

Who are KOOTH? What do they offer?

Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being service for children and young people, available free at the point of access. This poster can be printed and displayed were necessary in order to inform young people of the free support that they can acess for their emotional and mental health needs. Kooth integrates with face-to-face local services to ensure a seamless transition for young people. XenZone’s team of accredited counsellors, therapistsand support workers provide guided, outcome-focused help for each individual.


This information poster can be given to staff/ students to inform them of the services that KOOTH provide and how these services can be accessed.

This resource is only available for Manchester Schools

Letter Template for Parents on Mental Health Agenda

If your school has prioritised Mental Health and Wellbeing this year, you can launch the Healthy Schools initiative with parents by sending this letter home. This letter aims to show that it is a whole-school initiative for students, staff and parents to become more aware of their own mental health as well as the children's.

This resource is only available for Manchester Schools

Mental Health and Well-being Policy for Schools and Colleges - example policy and guidance

Example policy and guidance on creating a Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

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Mental Health Awareness Week May 2019

Mental Health Awareness week is the 13th - 19th May. The focus for this Mental Health Awareness week is:

Primary - Dealing with feelings

Secondary - Self-care and seeking support

We have provided both assembly and workshop materials to help raise awareness of Mental Health and seeking support! If you require any further support please contact: Emma.Pilling@mft.nhs.uk

This resource is only available for Manchester Schools

Online Stress and FOMO - Rise Above Lesson Plan and Powerpoint - Public Health England

Use this lesson plan, PowerPoint and accompanying videos to help students explore how stress may be experienced as a consequence of using social media and how this can affect their daily lives. Using peer-to-peer activities based on Rise Above films, students will discuss how they might manage any online stress and understand the importance of asking for help when they need it. Downloads include:

  • Online stress and FOMO lesson plan PDF
  • PowerPoint for use in class


This resource is only available for Manchester Schools

Snapshot - Depression Lesson (Age 13+)

This Snapshot resource contains a lesson plan, powerpoint and film to help young people understand and talk about depression.

This resource is only available for Manchester Schools

Snapshot - Exam Stress and Anxiety Lesson (Age 13+)

This Snapshot resource contains a lesson plan, powerpoint and film to help young people deal with and discuss exam stress and anxiety.

This resource is only available for Manchester Schools

Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools (Booklet)

Over 50% of mental illnesses start before the age of 14 and 1 in 10 children and young people has a mental health disorder. This booklet, produced by Anna Freud, aims to support all staff working in school settings to understand how best to help the children and young people in their care. It covers a range of mental health concerns, describes signs you might recognise and offers straightforward and practical guidance about what to do if you are worried about a child or young person.

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Ten Steps Towards School Staff Wellbeing - Anna Freud November 2018

This evidence-based resource is directed at school leads to guide conversations around staff wellbeing in schools. It provides excellent tips, strategies and case studies.

This resource is only available for Manchester Schools

The Resilient Classroom Resource Pack

Produced by Young Minds, this resource pack for teachers and pastoral staff contains a range of activities based on the Resilience Framework developed by Professor Angie Hart. Designed to promote and encourage resilience amongst students, these activities can be used in isolation or incorporated into a wider scheme.


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Understanding Anxiety and Panic Attacks

This booklet, produced by the mental health charity MIND, is aimed at anyone who experiences anxiety. It looks into the causes of anxiety, its effects and how you can reduce it to a manageable level. It also provides some information about severe anxiety, including panic attacks and panic disorder.

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World Mental Health Day 2018 KS1

A short assembly for KS1 pupils for World Mental Health Day 2018. This assembly focuses on change and ways in which young people can help themselves cope with change if it brings them anxiety.

This resource is only available for Manchester Schools

World Mental Health Day 2018 KS2

A short assembly for KS2 pupils for World Mental Health Day 2018. This assembly focuses on change and ways in which young people can help themselves cope with change if it brings them anxiety.

This resource is only available for Manchester Schools

World Mental Health Day 2018 Secondary Assembly

This assembly is for Secondary School students for World Mental Health Day 2018. It focuses on the stress and anxiety that can be brought about by change. It suggests tips and strategies on how to build emotional resilience as well as advice on how to help others who may be suffering.

This resource is only available for Manchester Schools

World Mental Health Day 2018 Secondary Lesson

This lesson is for Secondary School students for World Mental Health Day 2018. It can be adapted for KS3 or KS4 use. The lesson focuses on the stress and anxiety that can be brought about by change. It suggests tips and strategies on how to build emotional resilience as well as advice on how to help others who may be suffering.

This resource is only available for Manchester Schools