Oct. 3, 2021
The World Health Organisation recognizes World Mental Health day on 10th October every year. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’. There are a range of resources that schools and teachers can use to mark #WorldMentalHealthDay #WMHD2021.
The Anna Freud Centre is a world-leading Mental Health charity for children and families and has developed and delivered pioneering mental health care for over 60 years. Their vision is a world where children and families are supported effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life.
Schools in Mind is a free network for school staff and allied professionals which shares practical, academic and clinical expertise regarding the Wellbeing and Mental Health issues that affect schools. The network provides a trusted source of up-to-date and accessible information and resources that school leaders, teachers and support staff can use to support the Mental Health and Wellbeing of the children and young people in their care.
Schools can sign up to Mentally Healthy schools for a free #WorldMentalHealthDay resource toolkit. The resources included in the toolkit are split into two sections; more general mental health awareness resources to mark the day, and resources about mental health stigma to tie in with this year's theme. Download the toolkit here. There is also World Mental Health Day: 20 Wellbeing Tips, a list of simple Wellbeing activities and tips to help every teacher and classroom participate in World Mental Health day. You can download the resource here.
The resources include:
We have put together a Parent’s Toolkit for Wellbeing which was created with experts in the field to provide parents with the tools to identify and respond to their child’s unique emotional health needs – a perfect booklet to share with parents on #WMHD2021.
We have also put a wellbeing pack together for schools that includes a selection of resources and lesson plans for staff and students, as well as a selection of helplines and support services that schools can signpost to within school. Download your pack here.
Striver is our PE and wellbeing platform which is packed with lesson plans and resources. As well as a full scheme of work for PE there are dedicated wellbeing units for each year group. You don’t need any specialist training to deliver impactful wellbeing sessions with Striver, simply follow our step-by-step lesson plans covering topics such as yoga, mindfulness and nutrition.
Mental health is a subject very close to our hearts. In 2016 our much loved friend and colleague, Jonny Zucker, took his own life. Jonny was a former primary school teacher who later became a successful children’s author. After Jonny’s death we teamed up with Mind, the mental health charity, to republish Jonny’s best loved book ‘Striker Boy’, with all the proceeds going to Mind and Jonny’s family. Striker Boy is a fabulous book for children aged 7 to 13 and you can pickup a copy on Amazon.
Our emotional resilience workshop has been delivered to thousands of children across the country in partnership with football clubs, including Leicester, Chelsea, West Ham and many others. We have turned the workshop into a free downloadable pack so that you can run it in your own school. It’s a great way to mark #WorldMentalHealthDay.
Beyond are a grant-giving organisation committed to making a difference to the mental health of young people up and down the UK. Beyond aims to provide the help currently lacking in mental health provision by giving grants to organisations and charities that work with young people, their families and educators. They have produced the Np & Beyond Directory, this is the UK's first multidisciplinary directory for children and young people's mental health and wellbeing providers. All the service providers listed within this platform have been approved and vetted in accordance with our onboarding policy here. Each member listed specialises in children and young people. They also offer support for both teachers and parents.
The Mental Health Foundation has a range of publications that schools can order and are free to download, they include: how to look after your mental health, how to manage and reduce stress and how to overcome fear and anxiety. They also have a range of posters that schools can download to promote World Mental Health Day.
Young Minds charity run a #HelloYellow campaign to support young people’s Mental Health. On the 8th October, World Mental Health Day, they are encouraging schools to come together to wear yellow and show their support. Their pack includes a special Mental Health lesson plan, Wellbeing tips and activities.