Mentally Healthy Schools - Heads Together

Heads Together is a campaign set up by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex. The campaign was created to tackle the stigma of mental health and to change that conversation, for people to speak out.

The Duchess of Cambridge has recently launched the first programme for Heads Together, “Mentally Healthy Schools”. The aim of this is to enable better support for primary school children by providing teachers and other school staff with practical ideas and plans to put into practice. The Duchess of Cambridge’s main goal is for early prevention to reduce the number of adolescents suffering from a mental health condition later on in life. Research has shown that more than half of all mental health problems in adults start by the age of 14 and around 1 in 10 children suffer a mental health problem before 11.

The Mentally Healthy Schools website covers 4 main areas:

  1. Teaching Resources e.g. assembly and lesson plans

  2. Risks and Protective Factors

  3. Mental Health Needs

  4. “Whole School Approach” for the school leaders

There is a whole range of useful ideas and information, explained in simplistic terms what mental health is and how we can recognise and help children suffering. In addition, there is a section of topics with reading lists e.g. bereavement, anxiety, self-harm etc all the things which are very much common in school and therefore something I think is a great resource right at the click of a finger!

Please share with any teachers or staff you know who work in a school and you think would benefit from this.