Leading Student Resilience: Insights from Sarah Hall’s Research

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Welcome to our blog on student resilience, inspired by the insightful Q&A webinar with Sarah Hall. Sarah, a children’s wellbeing practitioner who completed the Leadership of School Mental Health Masters with a dissertation focused on resilience, shared her research and findings on this crucial topic. Below, we’ll explore key takeaways from her study and the […]

Developing the Agenda for Change in School Mental Health – Malta National Conference 2024

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The “School Mental Health: Developing the Agenda for Change” conference held on Friday, 31st May 2024, at Dar il-Hanin Samaritan in Santa Venera, Malta, was a remarkable follow-up to the initial successful event in 2023. This year’s conference delved deeper into the realities of school mental health both in Malta and internationally, offering a unique […]

Healthy Eating Week: The Intersection of Diet and Mental Wellbeing in Children

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Healthy Eating Week, led by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), is a key campaign promoting healthier eating for everyone, especially children. This event not only encourages balanced eating habits but also highlights the strong link between nutrition and mental health, particularly during childhood. The correlation between diet and mental health has garnered substantial attention in […]

Supporting wellbeing at school: new guidelines for policymakers and educators

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A report recently published by the European Commission presents the initial findings from its expert group dedicated to improving supportive learning environments for vulnerable learners and enhancing wellbeing and mental health in schools. Summary of Key Findings The report on wellbeing and mental health in schools highlights several critical findings. Firstly, it emphasises the alarming […]

Seven Facts About School Mental Health

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Increased Mental Health Issues Post-Pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant rise in mental health issues among school-aged children. Almost 1 in 5 children aged 7-16 and 1 in 4 young people aged 17-19 have a probable mental disorder. Importance of Early Intervention Early intervention in mental health can prevent the development of […]

Shaping Minds: Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

Mental Health Awareness Week

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and it’s imperative to reflect on the theme for this year: “Movement: Moving more for our mental health.” This poignant theme underscores the profound connection between physical movement and mental well-being. However, it’s undeniable that many of us struggle to incorporate enough movement into our daily lives. In the hustle […]

Minds Ahead given 4 awards at National Event

Minds Ahead given 4 awards at National Event

Dr. Somerville, Chair of The Educators’ Trust, presented the awards before the Worshipful Company of Educators and over 150 guests at the Merchant Taylors Hall, City of London.  On presenting the Inspirational Educator Awards for Mental Health in Education, Dr. Somerville said:  ‘Nominees from Minds Ahead are being awarded 4 awards this evening. This is highly unusual. I know […]

What next? The future of CPD for teachers

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The Teacher Development Trust (TDT) published a new report last month in response to Labour Party plans to introduce a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) entitlement for every teacher; should they win a general election later this year. The TDT hopes that introducing an CPD entitlement “can help to transform the teaching landscape, creating a sustained […]

Exam Season: steps to support pupils’ and staff wellbeing

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Exam season is a stressful time for both students and staff, with the weight of examinations, coursework, future career prospects, and the inherent challenges of adolescence bearing down. The pandemic has exacerbated these stressors, making the preservation of well-being a more pressing concern. To address these challenges, some support mechanisms have been implemented by educational […]