Guidance on preparing to teach about emotional health and wellbeing

This relates to schools, will be of interest in those involved in teacher education and may have relevance for others too.

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The PSHE mental health guidance has been produced under a grant from the Department for Education and is accompanied by a set of lesson plans spanning key stages 1-4.

Key issues are covered, including:

  • Why it is important to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Building teaching about mental health into a planned PSHE programme
  • Promoting wellbeing and resilience from an early age
  • Ensuring teaching is appropriate to the age and maturity of pupils
  • Key principles in teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing safely and confidently
  • Using visitors to the classroom to support lessons
  • Addressing challenging mental health issues such as eating disorders, self-harm and suicide

The lesson plans are designed to be used in conjunction with the guidance, with topics including teaching children how to describe emotions, talk about anxiety and worries, and develop coping strategies. Lessons aimed at key stages 3 and 4 also cover eating disorders, self-harm and depression and anxiety.

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