Mental health

Wellbeing: The words that go unsaid

5 July 2017

Picking up on changes in our pupils can help teachers and school staff to spot emerging mental health or wellbeing issues. Dr Pooky Knightsmith advises


Mental health: The challenges facing schools

17 May 2017

With CAMHS under pressure and mental health problems rising, schools are working in difficult times. Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at the challenge facing teachers and asks how we can assess the efficacy of school-based interventions on mental health


Five great ways to promote wellbeing

3 May 2017

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week – May 8 to 14 – is a good excuse to focus on how you promote emotional wellbeing. Teresa Day discusses the Five Ways to Wellbeing Framework


Can we teach optimism?

26 April 2017

Following last week’s article on coping with today’s 24/7 news cycle, Dr Stephanie Thornton continues her discussion on optimism – can we (and should we try to) ‘teach’ this in schools?


Five ideas to support good mental health in your school

15 March 2017

What are the 12 reasons why more young people are suffering from poor mental health, and what are five things schools might do about this? John Tomsett, a headteacher and author of a new book on the issue, advises


Anxiety: When to worry and what to do

15 March 2017

Many students seem to be struggling with anxiety. Dr Pooky Knightsmith discusses how to recognise which students need support and what you can most helpfully do


Mental health: Asking the right questions...

1 February 2017

Tackling mental health problems does not have to mean expensive new products or interventions. Perhaps we just need to ask more questions, says Dr Pooky Knightsmith


Teen anxiety: Getting back control

1 February 2017

With recent research suggesting that many teens don’t feel in control of their lives, Karen Sullivan continues her discussion on what role schools can play to reverse this trend


Generation no hope? Tackling students' anxiety

18 January 2017

From Brexit to Trump and the economy to school life, research suggests young people are under pressure and anxious about the future. Karen Sullivan asks how we can help them



Extra-curricular activities: Just for fun?

16 November 2016

Has our culture of academic achievement at all costs begun to infect even the extra-curricular and hobby pursuits of our young people? Dr Pooky Knightsmith underlines the importance of doing things ‘just for fun’


The rise of depression in our young people

9 November 2016

Research suggests that we are more depressed than ever – with our young people particularly affected. Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses why this might be and offers some advice for schools


Mental health: Staff wellbeing

5 October 2016

SecEd's resident mental health expert Dr Pooky Knightsmith turns her attention from pupils to staff and offers some simple steps to promoting staff wellbeing


Student wellbeing: Emotion coaching in schools

5 October 2016

Emotion coaching is a concept that could help secondary schools to better support students’ social, emotional and mental health. Educational psychologists Licette Gus and Dr Laura Meldrum-Carter explain


Mental health: You’re not alone

5 October 2016

Julian Stanley looks at the challenges we face in tackling the mental health crisis in teaching, as well as action we can take in the short-term


PSHE: Violence against males

5 October 2016

Much focus is rightly placed on domestic violence against women. But men can be victims too. Continuing her series, Karen Sullivan looks at this rarely discussed issue


Five steps to improving PSHE

21 September 2016

Julie McCann offers school leaders and teachers some practical advice to help you ensure effective PSHE


Into Film Festival 2016

21 September 2016

The Into Film Festival takes place from November 9 to 25 with more than 3,000 free screenings for schools as well as a host of workshops and other activities. Key themes this year include diversity, wellbeing and anti-bullying. Festival artistic director Sam Wilson explains more


Wellbeing research in Australia

14 September 2016

Schools in Australia are embracing pioneering research on pupil wellbeing. Janet Williamson reports on her trip to witness their approaches first-hand


Pupil wellbeing: When to worry

7 September 2016

In a new series for SecEd, mental health expert Dr Pooky Knightsmith will be offering practical advice to school staff to help them safeguard their students' wellbeing. Her first article looks at when you should begin to worry about a student



Do you feel comfortable talking to pupils about mental health?

6 July 2016

It’s good to talk. Especially so when students are facing challenges to their mental health. However, teachers often feel out of their depth when faced with these conversations on sensitive issues. Psychologist Dr Asha Patel offers her advice and reassurance




Why are our young so stressed?

11 May 2016

Feelings of stress and anxiety among our young people are on the rise, but why? Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at what the research is telling us and considers what schools can do

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