Mental health

The cornerstones of character: Leadership

15 November 2017

The importance of good leadership in mental health and character education provision has been identified as one of the four cornerstones of best practice. Matt Bawden explores what this might look like


Creating an anti-bullying culture

8 November 2017

As Anti-Bullying Week approaches, what can schools do to prevent bullying among their pupils? Rebecca Oram looks at some practices to take on board


Mental health, wellbeing and PSHE

1 November 2017

PSHE has a key role to play when teaching young people about their mental health and wellbeing. Expert Jenny Barksfield explores how a well-planned and delivered PSHE education programme can support pupils’ mental health and emotional wellbeing


Mental health: Six steps to sustainable recovery

1 November 2017

We can sometimes be too quick to think that a young person is recovered from a mental health problem. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers six steps to supporting sustainable recovery from mental health issues




Mental health: Prevention and intervention

20 September 2017

The mental health challenge continues and schools are on the frontline. Anna Cole looks at the latest government policy, key challenges, recommended approaches, and signposts useful resources for schools



Making time to stop self-harm

6 September 2017

Self-harm among young people is on the rise, with potentially devastating consequences. Karen Sullivan looks at the statistics and suggests what role schools can play to tackle this danger


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

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