Category Archives: Mental Health

Mental Health Resource for 11-14 year olds

The Anna Freud Centre has sent secondary schools an animation and assembly and lesson plans. These resources are designed to help young people talk about mental health and support their friends.
Alongside the animation, the Centre is also re-launching its national wellbeing directory which allows people to search for local mental health services for those up to age 25 by postcode; a jargon buster to help young people understand their options in simple language; and information about working with services and understanding treatments and referrals. The aim is to help children and young people understand and engage in mental health services and for those who feel disengaged from mental health services to find alternative support.

We All Have Mental Health: It’s here!

Anna Freud’s new animation and teacher toolkit:We all have Mental Health” is now available, and is being emailed to every secondary school in England.

The animation is co-produced with young people. It tells the story of Sasha and André who are struggling with their emotions. Sasha experiences the ‘everyday’ feelings that we all feel, which can feel powerful at times but which do not interfere with the way we function. André’s feelings on the other hand are overwhelming and persistent.

Our aim is to encourage young people to have the confidence to be open about their mental health and to know how and when to ask for support. By encouraging openness, and reminding them that We all have mental health, we hope that young people will share and listen so that any problems they are facing can be addressed at the earliest possible stage.

You can download the animation and resources here.

Anna Freud are calling on secondary schools to teach the We all have mental health assembly plan on World Mental Health Day (10th October). If you do, they would love for you to share pictures and feedback with them on social media: @AFNCCF #Weallhavementalhealth

Those working in and with primary schools:
Don’t forget you can use our Charity Award nominated Talking Mental Health animation and teacher toolkit with year 5 and 6 pupils. Download now and teach the lesson or assembly on World Mental Health Day.

Lesson Plans for Mental Health Awareness

World Mental Health Day on October 10th is a good opportunity to use these #HelloYellow lesson plans from Young Minds to get your students talking about mental health.

Download Primary School Plan
Download Secondary School Plan

Talking Toolkit to Tackle Work-Related Stress in Schools

The Go Home Healthy campaign has launched a downloadable Talking Toolkit for school leaders aimed at preventing work-related stress.

The Talking Toolkit is a simple, practical guide to help line managers in schools to have conversations about issues which may be causing work-related stress or issues which could have the potential to become future causes if not managed properly.

The toolkit has six templates for six different conversations as well as ideas and resources from charities, Trade Unions, the Department for Education and Ofsted which your school can use to prevent stress.

In the last 12 months, over half a million working days were lost in secondary schools due to stress, depression or anxiety, which was caused or made worse by work.

The Talking Toolkit can help you take a first step on your school’s journey towards preventing work-related stress and to bring in suitable and sufficient measures to address the risks and help your school to comply with the law.

Make this Year: A Wellbeing Year for School Staff

Schools in Mind are calling on local authorities and schools to do three key things to help make this a wellbeing year for school staff:

Schools in Mind have also produced a new animation and teacher toolkitWe all have mental Health” which will be made available to Schools in Mind members on Tuesday 2nd October 2018. These materials, aimed at Key Stage 3 pupils, have been co-produced with young people, teachers, and mental health experts. They aim to provide a language for 11-14 year olds to talk about mental health, to have a better understanding of mental health self-care and to know who to ask for support when it is needed.

They also have a small number of spaces left for their animation launch event for secondary school staff in London – please RSVP here.

Those working in and with primary schools:
Don’t forget you can use Schools in Mind Charity Award nominated “Talking Mental Healthanimation and teacher toolkit with year 5 and 6 pupils. Download now and teach the lesson or assembly on World Mental Health Day (10th October). Please send any pictures of you using the resources to

You can also access the Mentally Healthy Schools website which the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has worked on alongside Heads Together partner charities for a range of quality-assured information, advice and resources.

Sign Up for #HelloYellow this World Mental Health Day

On Wednesday 10th October, World Mental Health Day, get everyone in your school or workplace to wear something yellow and donate to YoungMinds.

Whether it’s a scarf, hat or bowtie – Young Minds want to see your colourful costumes! By taking part in #HelloYellow you can help Young Minds raise vital funds and show young people they’re not alone when it comes to their mental health.

Sign up before 23 September to be sent one of their #HelloYellow Fundraising Kits! They’re full of ideas and resources you can use to prepare for World Mental Health Day, including mental health lesson plans for schools and wellbeing at work tips for offices. Get your yellow thinking caps on, Young Minds can’t wait to see what you’ll do on Wednesday 10 October!

Sign Up for #HelloYellow