Wellbeing and Mental Health
This section looks at how to keep children and young people emotionally well and mentally healthy.
Promoting positive emotional wellbeing and mental health in children and young people enables them to better understand and manage their feelings. The emotional health and wellbeing of pupils underpins the entire school experience. Every child has emotional needs and the school has a responsibility to provide a nurturing and supportive environment in which learners can develop confidence and emotional resilience in order to achieve their full potential and therefore enhance their capacity to learn. In addition there will be specific vulnerable groups of children and young people who will require additional support.
Schools have a statutory responsibility in relation to promoting pupil wellbeing and safeguarding of children and young people. You will find Evidence Reports, Guidance, Sources of Support on both national and local level as well as Teaching and Learning resources including from the PSHE Association.
For further information, please contact Lee Souter, Lee.email@example.com
Improving Mental Health & Resilience in Schools (IMHARS)
Supporting School Staff Wellbeing (pdf, 401kb)
Working in a school has always been a demanding role and Covid-19 has added significantly to those demands. The attached leaflet provides you with information and signposting to resources to best support the wellbeing of school staff, especially during the pandemic.
Offer for school staff – free, employee-led, bespoke “counselling service” from ESP: The Council is able to offer school staff access to an employee-led, bespoke, confidential “counselling service”, provided by ESP, to a maximum of £14 per person, valid from 24/11/20 to 31/03/21. Please speak with your SBM or HT for further details.
New DfE’s Wellbeing for Education
DfE's Wellbeing Return to Education- FAQ pack (docx, 37kb)
Key Training Models (pdf, 919kb)
Southwark’s Localised “DfE Wellbeing for Education” training decks
For webinar delegates - your School/College Trainer/Wellbeing & Mental Health Lead- please use these training slides to adapt to meet your school’s/college’s needs, and cascade and disseminate in your school/college:
Southwark’s Bitesize Sessions (up to 45minutes)
These sessions review the content from the WBFER Webinar Training above and can be used as a tool for schools and colleges to deliver and disseminate the session(s) with colleagues
Bitesize_StressTrauma_ EPS_ Final (pdf, 3.1mb)
Bitesize_StressTrauma_ EPS_ Final (pptx, 8.4mb)
Link to survey
Planning your next steps - Southwark's Enhanced HS Planning & Reporting Tools Template
LBS_PlanningTool_Enhanced_WB_MH_Template (docx, 194kb)
LBS_PlanningTool_Enhanced_WB_MH_Template (pdf, 649kb)
Local support – from Southwark Council & CCG, what’s available now
Prevention & Early Intervention commissioned services for schools
The Nest Southwark: The Nest in Southwark provides free mental health and wellbeing support for young people aged 11 – 25: http://www.thenestsouthwark.org.uk/
For your school’s/college’s free registrations:
PSHE Association - www.pshe-association.org.uk/southwark
SEAL Community - http://www.sealcommunity.org/
Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing template policy (docx, 752kb)
|Primary Lessons||Secondary Lessons|
|Mental Health Teaching Checklist (pdf, 321kb)||Lesson Plans on Mental Health_ secondary (pdf, 973kb)|
|Mental Health teaching groundrules (pdf, 158kb)||Resources for Mental Health Lessons (pdf, 724kb)|
|Preparing to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing (pdf, 662kb)|
|Resources for Mental Health Lessons_primary (pdf, 5.3mb)|
|Lesson Plans on Mental Health (pdf, 929kb)|
Evidence Reports and Guidance
|Guidance Information 16||Guidance Information 17|
|DfE & DoH (2015) Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked after children. (pdf, 558kb)||DoH (2015) Future in Mind - promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people's mental health and wellbeing (, 1.6mb)||Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2016 (pdf, 819kb)|
|DfE (2015) Mental health and behaviour in schools (pdf, 472kb)||DfE (2016) Counselling in schools a blueprint for the future (pdf, 592kb)||DfE (2016) Mental Health and Behaviour in schools (pdf, 826kb)|