Pupil mental health: deepening understanding

Download your ready-made resources here

In this 1-hour session, staff will learn:

  • What mental health is and what factors can influence it
  • How to recognise good and poor mental health in pupils
  • How to act on the signs of poor mental health
  • What they can do in school to promote good mental health

This training session is part of a set of training sessions on pupil mental health. We recommend you start with this one, then deliver the other sessions on more specific issues. You can deliver the sessions on specific issues either as more in-depth sessions, or as shorter overviews, depending on what your staff need. These sessions cover:

What's in this session?

Developed with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, this training session includes:

  • A ready-to-deliver PowerPoint presentation you can adapt to suit your school
  • Step-by-step facilitator notes
  • Activities to help staff put what they're learning into practice and encourage group discussion
  • Video - to model learning for staff
  • Voiceover - to explain the definition of mental health and the mental health continuum
  • Answers to common questions, to help you prepare for questions your staff may have 
  • Guidance on how to deliver this session remotely, should you need to

How to use these resources

  1. Download the PowerPoint presentation, facilitator notes, group activities, common questions, audio transcripts and remote delivery guide (whichever guide is right for you)
  2. Work through the facilitator notes first. They tell you everything you need to know to prepare and deliver the PowerPoint presentation effectively. You’ll need these to hand when presenting - if you’re training remotely, print them out or have them open on a separate device so you can refer to them easily while presenting your main screen
  3. Use our remote delivery guide to get everything set up as you need it if you're delivering the session via Microsoft Teams (part of Office 365 Education) or Google Classroom and Google Meet (part of G Suite for Education). You’ll learn how to make the tech work for you and facilitate remote collaboration with confidence