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How to create a whole-school culture of mental health

How can senior mental health leads build a team and deliver a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing provision? Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers general principles of practice as well as 26 specific suggestions

Over the past year, it has been an absolute joy to see so many mental health leads embracing the role and making the most of government-funded training (see panel, below) to develop their skills and understanding and maximise their impact.

One thing is clear though – this is a big job and if you are to really have an impact you will need to build either a formal or informal team.
In this article, I am sharing some ideas we have learned along the way about how to successfully build a team around the mental health lead and enable a genuinely whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing.

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