Measuring wellbeing and mental health in schools

Measuring wellbeing in schools

When discussing mental health I often get asked on the best way to measure wellbeing by school leaders and educational professionals. Before answering the question it is worth considering the desire and risks of measuring.  Why measure wellbeing in schools? Like any activity before diving in, it is important to step back and consider what […]

Young people’s mental health: School-based anti-homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying projects improve LGBT+ mental health

It is well documented that young people who identify as LGBT+ are more likely to face bullying, discrimination and mental health challenges, compared to their heterosexual peers.  Key findings on young people’s mental health support in schools International research summarised by NIHR School for Public Health Research  has found that there is a link between […]

Mental health support for young people after pandemic: Preventative and early-intervention strategies needed in schools and colleges

Mental health support for young people after pandemic

The Education Policy Institute has examined aspects of mental health among secondary age children and linked these to social, demographic and other key factors and influencers.  They recommend that schools are given the resources to support mental health as well as more access to training, support and guidance. Recommendations relevant to schools and colleges: A […]

Mental health in schools: Belonging is essential for well-being

There is a robust link between having a sense of safety, belonging and well-being and the student’s engagement and performance in education.  Research by UCL has found that having a sense of belonging at primary, secondary, FE & HE is a reliable predictor of attainment and is often lower among marginalised ethnic groups. There is evidence that the […]

Teachers’ mental health and wellbeing: Recent report reveals that we must act now

Teachers' mental health

 “It is time to start taking the mental health of our teachers and educators seriously.” – Education Support  The latest annual report of school and college wellbeing staff by Education Support has shown there is more work to do to protect the mental health of the education workforce. This survey was conducted in the middle of […]

Mental health facts in the UK: Mental health is created in communities

Mental health is created in communities UK Facts

The final report by the Centre for Mental Health, The Commission for Mental Health Equality, is a key reading for any education professional interested in improving mental health in their setting.  It firmly positions mental health as something beyond the individual but is something that is a collective good and a collective responsibility.  The report highlights […]

Summary of Mental Health & Wellbeing of England’s Children & Young People, 2020

Young people and childrens mental health in England

In this video we present an infographic on the key points from two key government reports: DfE State of the Nation report, into children & young people’s wellbeing, 2020 & NHS Digital Mental Health of C&YP Wave 1 follow up (2020): At Minds Ahead, we have developed a new and comprehensive school-based mental health […]