Mental Health Awareness Week

From Mental Health Foundation

Resource type: Event

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Region(s): All of UK

Mental Health Awareness Week provides an opportunity for everyone in the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The dates for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 are 15th – 21st May and the theme for this year is ‘Anxiety’.

The Mental Health Foundation provides access to a range of supporting resources for primary and secondary schools, including:

  • A themed pack containing an assembly plan, class activities and a guide for pupils, staff and parents/caregivers. Packs for previous Mental Health Awareness Weeks on topics such as Kindness and Body Image are also available.
  • Access to the fully-resourced Peer Education Project, a programme for secondary schools that aims to give young people the skills and knowledge they need to safeguard their mental health and that of their peers. Available from September 2023.
  • Information and resources to help schools run a Wear it Green Day fundraising event.
  • Key mental health statistics for children and young people.

 Cost: Free

About the Mental Health Foundation: The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for mental health. The Foundation works to prevent mental health problems and to drive change towards a mentally healthy society for all.  It is the home of Mental Health Awareness Week, which was set up in 2001 and is now one of the biggest awareness weeks in the UK.

Further resources:

  • The link between reading and higher levels of wellbeing is now well-established. Capture and track pupils’ attitudes to reading and their wellbeing with online platform Wellbeing Through Reading.
  • The Reading Well Programme provides booklists that help young people of all ages understand and manage their mental wellbeing.
  • Take a look at the Mental Health and Wellbeing book packs for KS1 and KS2 from Best Books for Schools.
  • LoveReading4Kids produced a list of 80 titles that can help children and young people understand their emotions and cope with feelings of anxiety for Children’s Mental Health Week.
  • BookTrust has compiled lists of recommended titles for all ages that explore issues of mental health and emotional literacy.
  • Beano for Schools in partnership with Young Minds has created a series of six lesson plans featuring favourite Beano characters to help children understand their emotions and mental health better. The lesson plans include a short animation, PowerPoint presentation and activity sheets. There are versions for KS1 and KS2 and everything is linked to the PSHE curriculum in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • The Wellbeing Wednesday teaching schemes are fully resourced wellbeing teaching programmes designed to cover a term’s learning for primary schools.
  • The What’s Up with Everyone campaign is designed to increase mental health literacy in young people. It provides a series of animated stories with a companion website covering topics such as Perfectionism, Loneliness and Social Media.
  • The Mentally Healthy Schools website is a mental health information and resource hub for schools.
  • Wellbeing Connected is a free-to-access Mental Health and Wellbeing training tool created by LGfL – The National Grid for Learning to help primary schools develop the skills and confidence to support their pupils, communities and staff.
  • Healthy Minds is a set of free resources to support teacher-led workshops and activities for UKS2, KS3 and KS4 students produced by LGfL – The National Grid for Learning in partnership with mental health charity Young Minds.

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