One in ten children will experience a mental health difficulty at least once before age 11, and many adults with lifetime mental health issues can trace their symptoms back to childhood.
We also know that many children can wait up to ten years before effective diagnosis or treatment.
Mental health support in schools can make a significant difference in a person’s life, but teachers are already stretched and with so many resources available, it can be difficult to know where to start.
With this problem in mind, in January 2018, The Duchess of Cambridge launched Mentally Healthy Schools – a new landmark project, and the latest initiative from Heads Together.
It is a free and easy to use website specifically designed to offer primary school teachers greater support and advice, providing reliable and practical resources including 600+ lesson plans, activities, assemblies and more, to make it easier for them to better support their pupils’ mental health.
At the launch, The Duchess of Cambridge said:
“I’m all too aware, of how much we ask teachers to take on. You need resources you can trust, and you need to have easy access to them at all times.”
The project was launched in partnership with the child and young people’s mental health charity partners of Heads Together – The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Place2Be and YoungMinds. NAHT, the school leaders’ association, has also been involved in developing the initiative with expert guidance from the Centre for Mental Health.
The site will be piloted and evaluated with 50 schools in England over 2018 to help us further develop the content and functionality. Due to demand from teachers the site is available publicly during this pilot phase.