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Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health

‘Happier, Healthier, Longer’ Health Education Resource

The ‘Happier, healthier, longer’ lesson pack from Movember is designed to increase students’ understanding of issues relating to men’s and boys’ health — specifically exploring testicular cancer and mental health, and the PSHE Association has just granted it their Quality Mark for PSHE education resources.

These free-to-download lessons encourage students to challenge preconceptions about men’s health, both physical and mental, while providing the skills to discuss sensitive issues and access health services when necessary. Although focusing on men’s health, the lessons have been carefully designed to be inclusive for all students. Lessons aim to:

  • Challenge misconceptions about men’s health and identify common issues
  • Explain the importance of carrying out testicular self-examination
  • Identify a range of strategies to support mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Provide factual health information on testicular cancer and guidance on self-examination
  • Improve confidence to access health services and seek support when necessary

The health education aspect of PSHE will be mandatory from 2020 and schools will be expected to cover mental health, emotional wellbeing, cancer and self-examination, so these resources provide timely support to do so effectively. Though launched to coincide with Movember, they can be used at any time throughout the year.

Download the Free ‘Happier, Healthier, Longer’ Pack


The Good Thinking Service

Website: www.good-thinking.uk

Borough: All London Boroughs

Provision Summary:
The Good Thinking Service is a free digital mental wellbeing service to help people to self-assess and self-manage their mental wellbeing. The service provide support for low level depression, anxiety, stress and sleep problems. Good thinking is on-demand, around-the-clock support for anyone living or working in London. The service is funded by NHS, London’s borough councils and Public Health England. It is delivered by Healthy London Partnership

Target Group: All

Cost implication: Free

New Mental Health Lesson Plans for KS1-4

The PSHE Association are delighted to launch 18 updated and re-designed lesson plans on teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing through PSHE education.

These KS 1 – 4 lessons (originally produced under DfE funding) are now in line with the PSHE Association’s updated mental health teacher guidance and will support you to plan for new statutory PSHE requirements regarding Health Education, Relationships Education and RSE. They have also launched new PowerPoint versions exclusively for PSHE Association members.

Lessons in key stage 1 and 2 include teaching about identifying and talking about feelings; understanding how feelings affect behaviours; strategies to manage feelings; the link between mental and physical health; and managing the transition to secondary school / key stage 3.

Lessons in key stage 3 and 4 include teaching about challenging stigma related to mental health; promoting emotional wellbeing and healthy coping strategies; developing ‘digital resilience’ in the context of online pressures; reframing negative thinking; awareness of unhealthy coping strategies such as self-harm and eating disorders; and awareness of common mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression.

Brand new PowerPoint versions of all mental health lesson plans are exclusively available to PSHE Association members, complete with:

  • Teacher-only slides with clear guidance notes to support you through lesson delivery
  • Student-facing slides to support engaging lessons
  • A range of activities to deliver during lessons

Download the Mental Health Lesson plans, Powerpoints & Guidance here

Trees For Cities – Edible Playgrounds

Paul Sadler
Edible Playgrounds Project Development Officer

Prince Consort Lodge,
Kennington Park,
Kennington Park Place,
SE11 4AS

Email: paul@treesforcities.org
Mobile No: 07591387266
Website: https://www.treesforcities.org/our-work/edible-playgrounds

Borough: All London Boroughs

Provision Summary:
Edible Playgrounds transform school grounds into vibrant outdoor teaching gardens that inspire hands-on learning and get children excited about growing and eating healthy food. They help improve health and wellbeing, open up access to nature, and provide a fun outdoor learning environment that supports cross-curriculum teaching.

The Edible Playgrounds programme offers a comprehensive service comprising engagement of the whole school community, design, build, planting with pupils, teacher training, and planning support throughout the academic year. The uniqueness and value of the programme lies in embedding food-growing into the school curriculum across all subjects so that teachers learn to teach through gardening, not to become gardeners themselves. This approach builds teachers’ skills and confidence to use their Edible Playground in fresh, innovative ways as an outdoor teaching resource.

Target Group: Primary School / Secondary School

Cost implication for the school: A typical Edible Playground project costs £30,000 with schools asked to make a contribution of no more than £5,000 plus VAT. Trees for Cities will meet the remaining cost through our corporate funders. We can advise you on where best to access specific grants and funding.

Helping your Pupils to Understand Anger

Young Minds have produced a number of resources to help pupils better understand their anger and find ways to cope.

Anger is often seen as a negative emotion, but it is a natural state and one of the core emotions we all experience. Different people may be triggered by different things, and anger often occurs when we feel threatened, frustrated or powerless. However, it can become a problem if a child finds themselves getting angry a lot but without really knowing why, or if it is expressed through destructive behaviour.  Anger can often be a sign that there are things going on in a pupil’s life that they need help with. As school staff, we know that children and young people can face lots of adversity, and that this can lead to them feeling angry and behaving inappropriately. So it’s important that we try to understand what the triggers might be for the pupils in our schools. It’s also important that young people can make sense of how they’re feeling.


Class Activity: When Anger Builds Up
This game can be adapted to suit all ages, and acts as a great talking point for your pupils to discuss and understand how anger can build up and tip over at unexpected points.
Download the Activity

For Staff: Changing the Environment
There are often underlying factors as to why some children and young people struggle with anger. Here we look at the things schools can do to help pupils cope with challenging situations.
Read More

Top Tips Poster: What to do if you’re feeling Angry
Ideal for putting up in the classroom or on a wellbeing board, this poster goes through the steps pupils can take when they feel angry.
Download the Poster

Booklet for your Class: Dealing with Anger
This handy booklet helps pupils identify if anger might be becoming an issue for them, and what they can do if they are feeling overwhelmed by their anger.
Download the Booklet (pdf)
Order Printed Copies

For Parents: Responding to Anger
Pass on this webpage to parents, full of guidance and advice on how they can respond to their child’s anger, and where they can go for further help and support.
Visit The Guide


Free Youth MHFA One Day Course

  • Date: Friday 3rd May 2019
  • Time: 9am – 4.30pm
  • Venue: Harrow Civic Centre, The Gallery, Station Road Harrow, HA1 2XY
  • Aimed at: Children’s social care, Schools, Youth Centres and any charities or organisations working with, live with or care for young people aged 8-18

This course qualifies you as a Youth MHFA Champion.

Youth MHFA Champions have:

  • An understanding of common mental health issues and how they can affect young people
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health in young people and guide them to a place of support
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing

Up to 16 people can attend per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. Young people are welcome on the course but if you’re under the age of 16 we need consent from your parent or guardian.

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. When you complete the course you will get:

  • A Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Youth MHFA Champion

Course structure:

Session 1 (morning)

  • Why Youth MHFA One Day?  What is mental health and mental ill health?
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • The Mental Health First Aid action
  • Depression
  • Suicide

Session 2 (afternoon)

  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Recovery
  • Resilience

For further information please contact Andrea Lagos, Public Health Team Harrow:

  • Email: andrea.lagos@harrow.gov.uk
  • Tel: 020 8736 6240 Ext 6240
  • Mob: 07927 548 799