Mental health toolkit launched

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

A toolkit to help schools face the challenges of mental health and wellbeing has been published by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).

The resource, produced by the NCB’s Partnership for Well Being and Mental Health in Schools, aims to help schools develop existing practice as well as identify new programmes, set priorities and evaluate their ways of working.

It comes in the form of a four-stage framework, with each step including developmental questions and activities aimed at bringing the whole school together to tackle and prevent mental health problems. The stages are:

  • Stage 1: Deciding to act and identifying what is in place already.
  • Stage 2: Getting a shared understanding and commitment to change and development.
  • Stage 3: Building relationships and developing practices.
  • Stage 4: Implementation and evaluation.

Enver Solomon, the NCB’s director of external affairs, said: “We know supporting children and young people’s emotional health contributes to a positive academic environment. It can enhance attainment levels, reduce exclusions, and re-engage students who may have experienced problems.”

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