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 9th – 15th May and the theme for this year is ‘Loneliness’.

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.
  • Wellbeing and Fundraising Pack that contains a list of activities to support good mental health and fundraising ideas that schools can get involved with.
  • Key mental health statistics for children and young people.
  • An A-Z of mental health issues with their symptoms and advice on how access support.

 Cost: Resource packs are free to download. The Peer Education Programme costs £100 + VAT (plus costs for printed materials).

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:

  • Schools can sign up to take part in the National Literacy Trust’s  #Take10ToRead event with TV presenters Ant and Dec at 10am on Tuesday 10th May. The duo will introduce their debut book Propa Happy and will then lead a #Take10toRead moment, encouraging everyone to read for 10 minutes to support their wellbeing.
  • 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 has produced a list of 60 titles that can help children and young people understand their emotions and cope with feelings of anxiety.
  • 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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