Best Practice Focus: Pupil wellbeing and issues of mental health

A Headteacher Update Best Practice Focus offering practical advice and support to help teachers and schools spot the early signs of mental health or wellbeing problems in young people.

Every day, school staff will encounter pupils struggling with issues of mental health. In this practical guide, Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers a range of practical advice to help support these children and young people.

Topics include spotting the signs of early mental health problems and how teachers and school staff can and should intervene safely and effectively.

We also touch upon the range of common mental health issues that teachers are likely to see in the classroom and advise on how we can talk – and listen – to the young people affected.

Other advice includes how to refer successfully to CAMHS and the guide finishes with eight practical tips for supporting the young people you teach.

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