Supporting and responding to the growing number of pupils with mental health needs is a challenge for many schools: a recent survey found that 98% of teachers had come into contact with pupils experiencing mental health difficulties. This “Mental and Emotional Health in Schools” online course will equip school staff with strategies to support good mental and emotional health of their pupils, and recognise and respond to signs of poor mental health. The course is interactive, encouraging participants to reflect on their own experiences and think through how strategies could be used in their own context.
What is covered?
- Mental health difficulties and emotional challenges that young people face
- Skills and strategies to support good mental and emotional health
- Recognising and responding to signs of poor mental health
- Understanding your role and professional responsibilities in supporting pupil mental and emotional health
Section 1: Why is this important? An overview of mental and emotional health and the important role that schools play in supporting young people
Section 2: Helpful skills and strategies Skills and strategies to support good mental and emotional health, and recognise and respond to signs of poor mental health
Section 3: Putting these strategies into practice Applying the strategies covered in Section 2 through five case studies of young people with mental health challenges
Section 4: Clarifying your role Understanding the boundaries of your role in supporting young people
Section 5: Emotional Health: What about you? The importance of looking after your own emotional health and wellbeing
This module is suitable for all school staff, including pastoral/wellbeing leads, teachers, teaching assistants and school volunteers. It is also relevant for trainee teachers, and supports many of the Professional Teaching Standards, including responding to the needs of all pupils (Teaching Standard 5) and understanding professional responsibilities (Part 2: Professional and Personal Conduct).
There are no specific entry requirements for this course.